Mob Rules (album)

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Mob Rules
Studio album by Black Sabbath
Released 4 November 1981
Recorded 1981 at The Record Plant, Los Angeles, California
Genre Heavy metal
Length 40:25
Label Vertigo
Warner Bros. (US/Canada)
Producer Martin Birch
Black Sabbath chronology
Heaven and Hell
(1980)
Mob Rules
(1981)
Born Again
(1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 1/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[3]
Martin Popoff 10/10 stars[4]

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 vocalist Ronnie James Dio prior to the 1992 album Dehumanizer.[5]

Album information[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's Heaven 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 E5150 also 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]

All songs were written by Ronnie James Dio, Tony 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]

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]

Year Song Chart positions
US
Mainstream Rock
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]

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)

Release history[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]

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Black Sabbath: Mob Rules > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 24 January 2009.
  2. ^ Considine, J. D. (19 February 1986). "Album reviews Mob Rules". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Black Sabbath: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5. 
  5. ^ "Mob Rules: Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums" at AllMusic. Retrieved 24 January 2009.
  6. ^ Saulnier, Jason (24 March 2012). "Vinny Appice Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Welte, Jim (22 April 2008). "Legends align for Metal Masters Tour". MP3.com. Retrieved 23 April 2008. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Mob Rules (CD) album notes. Warner Bros. Records, Inc. 1981. pp. 2–3. 
  9. ^ "Black Sabbath: Mob Rules > Credits" at AllMusic. Retrieved 24 January 2009.
  10. ^ "American album certifications – Black Sabbath – Mob Rules". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  11. ^ "British album certifications – Black Sabbath – Mob Rules". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Mob Rules in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  12. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Black Sabbath – Mob Rules". Music Canada.