Great Metal Albums of 1981: Black Sabbath- The Mob Rules


Vacation is over I’m afraid and now I am back in the UK. The remains of Yuengling and spicy buffalo wings are passing through my system. I had a great time on holiday although that wasn’t the real reason why I went over, that was to look after my mother whose not in the best of health but I did get some time to enjoy myself too as you saw in my last post. Now that I’m back, I will go back to posting twice a week and what better way to celebrate my return than with Black Sabbath’s 1981 album, “The Mob Rules.”

This was the second album with Ronnie James Dio at the vocals and it was simply a continuation of their fabulous “Heaven and Hell” album a year earlier. Rolling Stone might have slated the album when it came out but what do they know? “The Mob Rules” is a fantastic album. It’s yet another album that I really can’t go on about individual tracks because they are all that good. One thing I must point out is the title track. It has been said that the mix on the album is different to the version that appears on the soundtrack of “Heavy Metal.” This might be true but I don’t hear any big difference. Both versions are fine with me. Another observation I have made is that Geezer, Iommi and Appice have to do very little to alter their style to match Dio’s vocals nor does Ronnie alter his vocal style. The final three tracks definitely highlight this fact and what you get is some classic Black Sabbath at their best all over this album.

Track Listing:

1. Turn Up the Night

2. Voodoo

3. Sign of the Southern Cross

4. E5150

5. The Mob Rules

6. Country Girl

7. Slipping Away

8. Falling Off the Edge of the World

9. Over and Over

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

Ronnie James Dio- vocals

Tony Iommi- guitar

Geezer Butler- bass

Vinnie Appice- drums

Were Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne in competition with one another back in 1981? Whose to say? If it was the case, that competition spurred all of them on to make a couple of magnificent albums in 1981. Half of that was “The Mob Rules.”

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14 Responses to “Great Metal Albums of 1981: Black Sabbath- The Mob Rules”

  1. Brilliant album. Rolling Stone eh? They never seemed to understand Metal at all.


  2. My first Sabbath purchase ever back in 81. I loved the cover! Plus the songs just cooked as well! Great review ! Look forward to Squier! I reviewed his 89 album Hear and Now which no one but myself and a buddy bought! Lots of people,missed out on that one…..


  3. Also hope your mom feels better….


  4. Country Girl is such a tune!


  5. There are times when I could say this is my favourite Sabbath LP – Southern Cross, is just immense!


  6. Tangled Up In Music (by Ovidiu Boar) Says:

    Interesting, I’ve listened a lot to the first classic-era Ozzy albums, but I’ve yet to hear the Dio ones. I see a lot of people held them in high regard, so I think it might be time to give them a listen.


  7. Dave Scallon Says:

    I prefer The Dio albums, including DeHumanizer, but Mob Rules is my favourite Sabbath.
    RIP RJD, you will be very much missed.


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