Monday, February 8, 2021

Black Sabbath stream unreleased 1980 performance of Neon Knights

Black Sabbath are streaming an unreleased 1980 live version of “Neon Knights” ahead of its inclusion on the March 5 release of an expanded edition of their ninth album, “Heaven And Hell.”

The classic cut is one of four previously-unavailable tracks recorded during an August 10, 1980 show at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, CT that are featured in the 2021 reissue, which also adds four songs from a 1982 concert at London’s Hammersmith Odeon, some live b-sides and a newly-remastered version of the original studio set.

“Heaven And Hell” was Black Sabbath’s first record with singer Ronnie James Dio, who was added to the lineup just two months after the spring 1979 firing of Ozzy Osbourne.

The project delivered a number of classics, including “Children of The Sea”, “Lady Evil” and the title track while revitalizing the band’s career after a period of diminishing sales and disappointing chart positions worldwide.

“Heaven And Hell” was a Top 10 album in the group’s native UK while it peaked at No. 28 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of a million copies in the region.

Black Sabbath are also releasing an expanded edition of 1981’s “Mob Rules” on March 5.

See also:

Black Sabbath stream Changes from Vol. 4 reissue
Ronnie James Dio autobiography update
Black Sabbath: Heaven And Hell demo surfaces online
Black Sabbath announce expanded reissues of Heaven And Hell and Mob Rules
Search Black Sabbath at hennemusic