Released January 18, 1983
I’m pretty convinced it’s Dec 1982, I just can’t prove it.
Re-Released April 22, 1996
Re-Released July 22, 2008 (Rules of Hell)
Re-Released October 7, 2008
Re-Released April 5, 2010 (Deluxe)


2010 Deluxe Edition [ Amazon US | Amazon UK ]
2008 CD [ Amazon US ] | 2009 Vinyl [ Amazon US ] | 2011 Vinyl [ Amazon US ]
1996 CD [ Amazon US | Amazon UK ] | Original CD [ Amazon US | Amazon UK ]
MP3 [ Amazon US ] | Deluxe MP3 [ Amazon UK ] | iTunes (US)

Track Listing

  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
  9. The Mob Rules
  10. Heaven & Hell
  11. The Sign of the Southern Cross/Heaven & Hell (Continued)
  12. Paranoid
  13. Children of the Grave
  14. Fluff

Writing Credits

  • Butler / Iommi – Track 1
  • Butler / Iommi / Dio – Track 2
  • Butler / Iommi / Osbourne / Ward – Tracks 3,6,7,8,12,13,14
  • Butler / Iommi / Dio / Ward – Track 4,10,11(2)
  • Butler / Iommi / Dio – Track 5,9,11(1)


  • Ronnie James Dio – Vocals (as Ronnie Dio on the original)
  • Tony Iommi – Guitar
  • Geezer Butler – Bass
  • Vinny Appice – Drums (misspelled as Vinnie on original)
  • Geoff Nicholls – Keyboards
  • Produced by Tony Iommi & Geezer Butler
  • Recorded live in Seattle, San Antonio, & Dallas
  • Recorded with The Record Plant Mobile, L.A.
  • Engineered by Lee De Carlo & Bill Freesh
  • Mobile Crew: Bill Hutcheson, Jim Scott, Scott Stogel
  • Mixed at The Record Plant, Los Angeles
  • Original CD mix by Lee De Carlo & Bill Freesh
  • 1996 Remaster by Ray Staff @ Whitfield St Studios
  • 1996 Design, booklet notes, and sleeves by Hugh Gilmour
  • 2008 Remaster by Dan Hersch @ Digiprep
  • 2008 Project Manager: Mason Williams
  • 2008 Product Manager: Liz Erman
  • 2008 Art Direction: Masaki Koike
  • 2008 Design: Greg Allen
  • 2010 Remaster by Andy Pearce
  • 2010 Project Manager: Steve Hammonds
  • 2010 Product Management: Jon Richards
  • 2010 Art Direction & Design: Hugh Gilmour
  • 2010 Sleeve notes by Steffan Chirazi

Catalogue Numbers

  • LP Warner 23742-1 (US 1982)
  • CASS Warner 23742-4 (US 1982)
  • LP Vertigo 6650-009 (NETH 1983)
  • LP Vertigo 6302-202 (GER 1983)
  • LP Vertigo SAB-10, 6650-009 (UK 1983)
  • CD Vertigo 826-881-2 (GER 1983)
  • CD Warner Bros 23742-2 (US 198?)
  • CD Teichiku TECW-35189 (JPN 1996)
  • CD Essential ESM-CD333 (UK 1996)
  • CD Sanctuary SMRCD074 (EUR 2004)
  • CD Rhino R2-460156 (US 2008 – Rules of Hell)
  • CD Rhino R2-460156-C (US 2008 – Individual Release)
  • LP Rhino 295855? (US 2009)
  • CD Universal 2733929 (UK 2010 – Deluxe)
  • CD Vertigo UICY-94476/77 (JPN 2010)
  • LP Rhino ?? (US 2011)
  • CD Universal UICY-25128 (JPN 2011)


  • The original 80’s US CD version had 2 discs in 2 Jewel Cases. The extra space allowed for the inclusion of War Pigs from the vinyl version, which is not on the original Vertigo print.
  • The 1996 Castle Remaster of the CD is on a single disc, and does have all the tracks, but the in-between song banter of Ronnie is cut almost to zero, and Fluff is drastically cut off.
  • The 2008 & 2010 remasters have all of the cut of stuff restored.
  • Ronnie James Dio is listed as Ronnie Dio on the credits.
  • Vinny Appice was spelled Vinnie Appice on the credits.
  • Both Ronnie & Vinny are not listed as full members of the band. The band had already split up by this time this was released.
  • Track 4 was later re-released on 2007’s “The Dio Years” greatest hits album in a remastered form.
  • Geezer Butler has referred to this album a few times in interviews as “Live in the Studio Evil”, a reference to a lot of the overdubs on it.
  • The artwork was meant to signify several Black Sabbath song titles visually.  They are: Paranoid, Voodoo, Heaven & Hell, Neon Knights, N.I.B., Iron Man, War Pigs, Children of the Sea, & Mob Rules.


  • This image is the cover art for the 2010 Deluxe Edition.

  • The following images are the back cover art.  The first is the vinyl original, then the CD back covers for the 1996 Castle version, the 2008 Rhino/Warner version, and the 2010 Deluxe Edition.

  • These next two images are what was inside the vinyl gatefold for the album’s original release back in 1982.

  • Finally, there’s this image, which is a small picture of the CD longbox from the 80’s when this kind of packaging was the style.


  1. I always liked the ‘Live at Hammersmith Odeon’ album better; I feel it has a more stronger sound but Joe I’m pretty sure your aware of the Live Evil video footage, do you know if any release was intended in ’82 or if any future release is coming out?

    • Hammersmith does sound better, and the tracks were re-mixed in 2007 using modern technology, not 1983 technology and a producer that was aware of the mistakes made while producing the other two Sabbath live albums, namely Live Evil and Live at Last. I was worried before Hammersmith came out that it would just be another failed attempt to capture the Sabbath live animal in the wild, but it worked. As soon as I saw the phrase “mixed by….” I knew it would be better than the other two and put it on the stereo and was really pleased to hear (properly) Sabbath live.

  2. Live Evil CD Warner Bros 23742-2 (US 1982) I have version US had 2 discs in 2 Jewel Cases.
    Great Page man, i living in Tierra del Fuego Island in Argentina. Tank for your time in this page.

  3. Brian Fowler says

    This album was bought for me as a birthday gift by one of my best friends when I was in high school. It was where I first learned that Sabbath without Ozzy existed. The original Sabs lineup had become my favorite band, and Jason knew that, but at first he was upset he had gotten me one that didn’t have Ozzy on it. I had to reassure him that, no, it was fucking great.

    Of course, I now own every single Dio album as well as every single Ozzy album, so…

  4. Cássio Carlotto says

    I everyone. I´d love to know when we will have ’82 live evil on DVD. I spended my life looking for this and the time is ending. DAmned, can someone help ? tks

  5. Michael B Smith says

    This tour was my first time seeing BLACK SABBATH and even though I love OZZY, my first experience hearing them was lady evil off HEAVEN & HELL album and that started me off on being a fan of their music, and even though we have the music CD I feel it should be time especially because of RJD passing that they finally release the show on DVD as we all know it was filmed, just never released so please for helping the fans remember what he meant to this band PLEASE RELEASE IT.

  6. It’s only a hair better than Live at Last. I like Dio’ s version of NIB and it’s interesting to hear fluff played live. Other than that it’s a pass.

  7. Is there a DVD or Blue Ray of Live Evil show with Dio ? If yes, were I can buy it and how many is?

    • Robert Davis says

      The Video and Audio quality were VERY bad. A DVD released was talked about with studio overdubbing, but, sadly, it never happened due to quarrels within the band during this release and up to Dehumanizer. After that there was no point due to Dio’s ageing voice (which was still great, but not matching a decade ago) There you have the REAL story.

  8. Matt Dennett says

    This was my second experience of Sabbath at around 12yrs old after hearing the Vol4 lp. The guitar and bass tone are amazing, T.I guitar sound just crunches so heavily and G.B overdriven bass rumble is immense. I was hooked on this set from day 1 and I still love it to this day. Ok, some gripes,the drums are very low in the mix plus the audience is mega distant, but the power of the guitar and bass wall of crunch is just beautiful. Listen to ‘voodoo’ ‘children of the sea’ and ‘heaven and hell’ ,metal doesn’t get much heavier than that. Plus the older tracks are given serious kick up the arse by the hard delivery and of course RJD superb dramatic vocals. ‘sign of the southern cross’ – when the guitar cuts halfway in to the verse it says it all for me. I love the tonal phasing effect T.I uses aswell, it really adds to the crunch and to the searing lead breaks. All in all this album is a major influence on who I am and what I do today. The intro of E5150 still gives me goosebumps today, especially if played loud through headphones. I have this on vinyl and cd but the vinyl version sounds much better. If these shows were ever released on dvd I would kill to see and have it.

  9. Brian Metcalfe says

    for me the guitaring here on the track heaven and hell is some of the finest i have ever heard Black Sabbath 4ever

  10. There was also a mid/late 80s reissue on the Priceless series (Vertigo label), catalogue number PRID11, that you haven’t got listed here… not sure of the year though – likely 1984 or 1986?

  11. Live Evil is amazing! Dio’s performance as always is phenomenal! I bought it twenty years ago when I first started getting into the Sabbath albums. It contains some of Tony Iommi’s finest moments and I was very impressed with Vinny’s drum solo after Warpigs. Hearing his drum solo was one of the reasons why I started playing the drums. I tried to play like him but I could never keep good timing. I sometimes still play just for fun. I also hope Tony will play the intro solo to “Black Sabbath” on the next tour. I also remember playing it in my friend’s garage and we couldn’t listen to all of it because we all felt jealous about being at the show. I had the honor of seeing Ronnie and Vinny in Heaven and Hell twice in 2007 and 2009 and Dio solo (with Simon Wright on drums) twice in 2002 and again in 2003. I can now say I’ve heard everything on Live Evil including the Ozzy era songs because I heard them during the times I saw Black Sabbath between 1997 and 2013.

  12. Dan Summers says

    Two other songs are referenced on the cover. The kids on the ocean does symbolize “Children of the Sea”, but they’re using a coffin as their boat – hence, “Children of the Grave”, too. The acoustic guitar on the back could be a reference to “Fluff”

  13. elsabbathero says

    On the back cover there’s also a reference to “The Sign of the Southern Cross”. The Southern Cross is a constellation that can be seen only on the Southern Hemisphere and kinda tells you where the South is. You can see this constellation in the middle of the back cover and, as you can imagine, is the one that has the shape of a cross.

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