Released July 22, 2008
US/North America Only

 


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MP3 [ Amazon US | Amazon UK ] | iTunes (US)


Track Listing

 Disc 1 (Heaven & Hell)

  1. Neon Knights
  2. Children of the Sea
  3. Lady Evil
  4. Heaven & Hell
  5. Wishing Well
  6. Die Young
  7. Walk Away
  8. Lonely is the Word

Disc 2 (Mob Rules)

  1. Turn Up the Night
  2. Voodoo
  3. The 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 & Over

Disc 3 (Live Evil Disc 1)

  1. E5150
  2. Neon Knights
  3. N.I.B.
  4. Children Of The Sea
  5. Voodoo
  6. Black Sabbath
  7. War Pigs
  8. Iron Man

Disc 4 (Live Evil Disc 2)

  1. The Mob Rules
  2. Heaven And Hell
  3. The Sign Of The Southern Cross/Heaven And Hell
  4. Paranoid
  5. Children Of The Grave
  6. Fluff

Disc 5 (Dehumanizer)

  1. Computer God
  2. After All (The Dead)
  3. TV Crimes
  4. Letters From Earth
  5. Master of Insanity
  6. Time Machine
  7. Sins of the Father
  8. Too Late
  9. I
  10. Buried Alive
  11. Time Machine (Wayne’s World Version)

Disc 6 (Best Buy Exclusive Bonus Disc; Live 1981)

  1. Neon Knights
  2. The Mob Rules
  3. Children of the Grave
  4. Voodoo
  5. Country Girl

iTunes/Amazon Digital Only Bonus Tracks

  1. The Devil Cried
  2. Shadow of the Wind
  3. Ear in the Wall

Writing Credits

  • Various – See original album credits for details

Credits

  • Ronnie James Dio – Vocals
  • Tony Iommi – Guitar
  • Geezer Butler – Bass
  • Vinny Appice – Drums (Discs 2-5)
  • Bill Ward – Drums (Disc 1 only)
  • Geoff Nicholls – Keyboards
  • Mason Williams – A&R Supervision
  • Dan Hersch @ Digiprep – Remastering
  • Liz Erman – Product Manager

Catalogue Numbers

  • NOTE: The overall box had it’s own catalogue number, but the 4 albums (5 discs) inside the box were released individually, and have their own catalogue numbers.  This section is just for the box itself.
  • CD Rhino R2-460156 (US 2008)
  • CD Rhino R2-513689 (US 2008 – Best Buy)

Notes

  • When the box was originally released, Best Buy had an exclusive version for sale with a sixth disc not available anywhere else.  All of the tracks were culled from the “Live at Hammersmith Odeon” limited release from the previous year.
  • The first four of the live tracks also appeared on the “UK Tour Edition” of the Dio Years compliation from 2007.
  • The MP3/digital download versions from Amazon.com & iTunes include the three new tracks from “The Dio Years” compilation.
  • Some fans refer to this release as “Black Box II”, a reference to the Ozzy era studio album compilation in 2004.
  • Despite there being a new remastering work done for 2007′s “The Dio Years”, the tracks that appear here are an even newer remastering than the work done for the 2007 Dio Years package.  If you count the 2003 Dio compilation, “Stand Up and Shout”, that makes three times in the last 5 years that the the following tracks have been remastered!   The tracks that appear on all three are: Neon Knights, Heaven & Hell, Turn up the Night, & The Mob Rules.
  • The following alternate tracks were not used in this box set.  The Mob Rules (Heavy Metal version), Letters from Earth (Alternate Version – From CD Single for TV Crimes).   The Mob Rules version from the Heavy Metal soundtrack was not on Warner/Rhino, so presumably it would have had to have been licensed.   When queried by me about it, a producer at Rhino said they didn’t even know the Alternate Letters from Earth existed!  D’oh!
  • The name ‘The Rules of Hell’ was thought of by Geezer Butler. It is a reference to the inclusion of the first two Dio era Sabbath album names. Those being Heaven & Hell and Mob Rules. That is where the name comes from.
  • There was a “professional” review of the set posted here on IGN.com.
  • The four albums that comprise this five disc box were later released individually, unlike the Black Box set, which was not released individually.

Links

Images

  • Here is a picture of what the exterior of the entire package looks like.  If you want to see additional photos of the box set, click here to view the photo gallery for this release.  Below that is a poster advert for the box set.

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Comments

  1. All my vinyl albums disappeared somewhere over the years, so this was the replacement. I hadn’t heard heaven and hell or mob rules in years. And they still kick ass.

  2. There’s a promotional sampler to this box set.

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