Heaven and Hell (lost Ozzy Osbourne vocal recordings from Black Sabbath album; 1979)

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The album cover

Status: Lost

Black Sabbath was a British metal band that was formed in 1968 in Birmingham, England by guitarist Tony Iommi, drummer Bill Ward, bassist Geezer Butler, and vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. They were often cited as pioneers of heavy metal and doom metal and their first three albums Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970), and Master of Reality (1971).[1] The band had multiple lineup changes throughout the years with Iommi being the only constant member throughout its existence. On September 3rd, 2015, it was announced that Black Sabbath would embark on their final tour, titled The End, that would start on January 20th, 2016. Their final show was on February 4th, 2017, and they broke up a month later.[2]

Ozzy was fired from the band in 1979 after the failures of their two previous albums Technical Ecstasy (1976) and Never Say Die! (1978) and their first album without Ozzy was the 1980s Heaven and Hell with Ronnie James Dio. They started recording the album in October 1979 with Ozzy on vocals, but after recording two songs, the band decided that couldn't handle Ozzy's substance intake.[3] Dio was hired not long after and the songs were recorded and was finished by January 1980 and was released on April 25th, 1980, to positive reviews and is the band's third bestselling album.

The Ozzy vocals from "Children of the Sea"[4] and "Die Young" have not surfaced in any form at all. According to his book Iron Man, Tony Iommi states that he has a demo of Ozzy's vocals on "Children of The Sea"[5] and in an episode of VH1's That Metal Show, Geezer Bulter states that he has a version of Ozzy's vocals of "Die Young".


"Children of the Sea" with Dio's vocals.

"Die Young" with Dio's vocals.

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