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JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Black Sabbath edition

Black Sabbath

A couple of weeks ago, I unveiled the tracklist of JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Ozzy Osbourne edition, and planned to follow up with the Black Sabbath edition fairly quickly. But then I realized that it had been so long since I listened to the non-Ozzy and non-Dio Sabbath albums, it would take me a while to sort through them and pick out my favorites. So I revisited the entire Black Sabbath catalog, including Ozzy’s and Dio’s years, and finally came up with what I believe is the Ultimate Mixtape for the classic heavy metal band.

A quick reminder about the rules of this project…

  • Every studio album must be represented by one and only one song. Which means either “Iron Man” or “Paranoid” will be omitted. Yikes.
  • That song does not have to be an official “single” released by the artist to promote said album.
  • Compilation albums can be included, but only songs that are new, previously unreleased, or remixes of songs from prior albums are eligible for the list.
  • Live albums are a waste of time. This is a general rule that applies to most, but when you need to find a way to sneak a classic song onto the list because the studio version didn’t make it, this is a good way to do that.

Alright, with those rules in mind, are you ready to do this?

Here’s something to listen to as you read through my list…

JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Black Sabbath edition…
“Black Sabbath” (Black Sabbath, 1970)
“Iron Man” (Paranoid, 1970)
“Into The Void” (Master of Reality, 1971)
“Tomorrow’s Dream” (Black Sabbath, Vol.4, 1972)
“Sabbra Cadabra” (Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, 1973)
“Megalomania” (Sabotage, 1975)
“All Moving Parts (Stand Still)” (Technical Ecstasy, 1976)
“Never Say Die” (Never Say Die!, 1978)
“Heaven And Hell” (Heaven and Hell, 1980)
“Voodoo” (Mob Rules, 1981)
“Zero The Hero” (Born Again, 1983)
“Turn To Stone” (Seventh Star, 1986)
“Hard Life To Love” (The Eternal Idol, 1987)
“Kill In The Spirit World” (Headless Cross, 1989)
“Valhalla” (Tyr, 1990)
“After All (The Dead)” (Dehumanizer, 1992)
“Virtual Death” (Cross Purposes, 1994)
“Rusty Angels” (Forbidden, 1995)
“Psycho Man” (Reunion, 1998)
“Paranoid” (Past Lives, 2002)
“Shadow Of The Wind” (The Dio Years, 2007)
“Zeitgeist” (13, 2013)

The bonus tracks for the Black Sabbath edition are a little all over the place. I used alternate versions of a couple of songs from movie soundtracks, but the rest are a mixed bag. There are a couple of former singers that did not have a long tenure with the band (White Tiger’s David Donato and Badlands’ Ray Gillen), there are a couple of former singers doing new versions of songs they had originally performed with Sabbath (Tony Martin, Ian Gillan), and there are the classic Black Sabbath members doing side projects (Bullring Brummies, Tony Iommi’s solo project, and a live Dio recording). Finally, I decided to include a song from Heaven and Hell’s The Devil You Know here instead of the main tracklist, even though I still personally consider that band Black Sabbath.

Bonus tracks:
Black Sabbath “The Mob Rules” (alternate version from Heavy Metal, 1981)
White Tiger “Stand And Deliver” (White Tiger, 1985)
Badlands “Dreams In The Dark” (Badlands, 1989)
Black Sabbath “Time Machine” (alternate version from Wayne’s World, 1992)
Tony Martin “Jerusalem” (Back Where I Belong, 1992)
Bullring Brummies featuring Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, Rob Halford, Scott Weinrich, Brian Tilse, and Jimmy Wood “The Wizard” (Nativity in Black, 1994)
Tony Iommi featuring Ozzy Osbourne, Bill Ward, and Laurence Cottle “Who’s Fooling Who” (Iommi, 2000)
Primus featuring Ozzy Osbourne “N.I.B.” (Nativity in Black II, 2000)
Dio “Egypt (The Chains Are On)/Children Of The Sea” (Evil Or Divine, 2005)
Ian Gillan featuring Tony Iommi, Roger Glover, and Ian Paice “Trashed” (Gillan’s Inn, 2006)
Heaven And Hell “Eating The Cannibals” (The Devil You Know, 2009)

Is that enough Black Sabbath for you? Tell me what’s on your Ultimate Mixtape…what songs do you pick over my choices?

Ronnie James Dio died three years ago

Ronnie James Dio

It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago when we lost the heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio. On May 16, 2010, he succumbed to stomach cancer.

Read this interview with former Dio drummer Simon Wright about Dio.

At the time of Ronnie’s passing, I was still hosting the Hard Rock Nights radio program and had the opportunity to speak with some musicians that had worked with him. You can hear those interviews below:

Rowan Robertson:

Tracy G:

Robert Sarzo:

Chuck Garric:

Finally, remember the music of Ronnie James Dio with three of my favorite songs featuring his voice…

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