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Mob Rules is the tenth studio album by British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in November 1981. It was the second and last Black Sabbath studio album to feature lead vocalistRonnie James Dio prior to the 1992 album Dehumanizer.[5]

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Album information[edit]Edit

Mob Rules was the first Black Sabbath release to feature Vinny Appice on drums, who had replaced original member Bill Ward in the middle of the tour in support of the previous year'sHeaven and Hell.[6]

An alternate version of the title track The Mob Rules, recorded at John Lennon's home, appeared on the soundtrack of the film Heavy Metal released earlier in the year in July. The track E5150also is heard in the film, but is not included in the soundtrack.

The cover art is a modified version of artist Greg Hildebrandt's piece entitled Dream 1: Crucifiers from 1971, with Black Sabbath licensing its use for the cover of Mob Rules.[citation needed]

The Live Evil album was recorded on the Mob Rules tour. The album is included in the Black Sabbath box set The Rules of Hell.[7]

"Mob Rules" was the last Black Sabbath album produced and engineered by Martin Birch, who went on to produce a whole collection of Iron Maiden albums until his retirement in 1992.

Track listing[edit]Edit

All songs were written by Ronnie James DioTony Iommi, and Geezer Butler. All lyrics were written by Ronnie James Dio.[8]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Turn Up the Night"   3:42
2. "Voodoo"   4:32
3. "The Sign of the Southern Cross"   7:46
4. "E5150"   2:54
5. "The Mob Rules"   3:14
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "Country Girl"   4:02
7. "Slipping Away"   3:45
8. "Falling Off the Edge of the World"   5:02
9. "Over and Over"   5:28

2010 Deluxe Edition[edit]Edit

Disc 2 is a repackaging of the previously released Limited Edition CD Live at Hammersmith Odeon

Disc 1
No. Title Length
1. "Turn Up the Night"   3:42
2. "Voodoo"   4:32
3. "The Sign of the Southern Cross"   7:44
4. "E5150"   2:54
5. "The Mob Rules"   3:15
6. "Country Girl"   4:02
7. "Slipping Away"   3:42
8. "Falling Off the Edge of the World"   5:03
9. "Over and Over"   5:28
10. "Die Young" (Live, 12" Single B-Side of Mob Rules) 4:04
11. "The Mob Rules" (Heavy Metal OMPS/ Original demo version) 3:14
Disc 2
No. Title Recording date Length
1. "E5150"   2 January 1982 1:18
2. "Neon Knights(Dio, Iommi, Butler, Bill Ward) 2 January 1982 4:37
3. "N.I.B.(Ozzy Osbourne, Iommi, Butler, Ward) 1 January 1982 5:16
4. "Children of the Sea(Dio, Iommi, Butler, Ward) 1 January 1982 6:07
5. "Country Girl"   1 January 1982 3:53
6. "Black Sabbath(Osbourne, Iommi, Butler, Ward) 31 December 1981 8:24
7. "War Pigs(Osbourne, Iommi, Butler, Ward) 1 January 1982 7:40
8. "Slipping Away"   31 December 1981 3:18
9. "Iron Man(Osbourne, Iommi, Butler, Ward) 1 January 1982 7:04
10. "The Mob Rules"   31 December 1981 3:35
11. "Heaven and Hell(Dio, Iommi, Butler, Ward) 1 January 1982 14:24
12. "Paranoid(Osbourne, Iommi, Butler, Ward) 31 December 1981 3:21
13. "Voodoo"   2 January 1982 5:45
14. "Children of the Grave(Osbourne, Iommi, Butler, Ward) 31 December 1981 5:05

Singles[edit]Edit

Year Song Chart positions
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mainstream_Rock_(chart) US

Mainstream Rock]

[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UK_Singles_Chart UK

Singles Chart]

1981 "The Mob Rules"/"Die Young" 46
1982 "Turn Up the Night"/"Lonely Is the Word" 24 37
1982 "Voodoo" 46
1982 "E5150"

Personnel[edit]Edit

Black Sabbath
Additional performer
Production
  • Produced and engineered by Martin Birch[8]
  • Assistant engineers – Eddie DeLena, Angelo Arcuri[8]
  • Technicians to Black Sabbath – Ian Ferguson, Michael Howse, Les Martin, Peter Resty[8]
  • Remastered by Dan Hersch (2008 reissue)
  • Cover illustration by Greg Hildebrandt[8]
  • Art direction by Richard Seireeni[8]

Release history[edit]Edit

Region Date Label
United Kingdom November 1981 Vertigo Records
United States November 1981 Warner Bros. Records
Canada November 1981 Warner Bros. Records
United Kingdom 1996 Castle Communications
United Kingdom 2004 Sanctuary Records
United States October 2008 Rhino Records

Sales accomplishments[edit]Edit

RIAA certification[10] (United States)

Date Designation Total Sales
13 May

1986

Gold 500,000

BPI certification[11] (United Kingdom)

Date Designation Total Sales
5 February

1982

Silver 60,000

CRIA certification[12] (Canada)

Date Designation Total Sales
1 March

1982

Gold 50,000
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