Saxon frontman Biff Byford recently appeared on a radio broadcast and revealed his favorite songs from the ’80s. He listed Black Sabbath’s ‘Heaven and Hell‘ featuring Ronnie James Dio among his favorites.
Black Sabbath’s ninth studio album, ‘Heaven and Hell,’ was released on April 25, 1980. As you know, the band’s original vocalist, Ozzy Osbourne, was fired from the band in 1979 due to the tensions between him and the other band members due to his excessive drug and alcohol use. The band decided to replace him with former Rainbow singer Ronnie James Dio.
‘Heaven and Hell’ was the first Black Sabbath album featuring Ronnie James Dio as the lead vocalist. The album was highly successful, and although some fans criticized Dio for changing the band’s sound, they still embraced him after a while. Later on, Dio also contributed to the band’s 1981 album, ‘Mob Rules.’ In 1982, the singer left the band due to some creative differences with the rest of the band.
Although Dio’s vocals in Black Sabbath albums received some mixed reviews, it looks like Biff Byford enjoyed his contribution to the band’s sound. When asked about his favorite songs from the 1980s, one of his choices was Black Sabbath’s ‘Heaven and Hell’ featuring Dio. Byford described it as a great album and said that ‘Heaven and Hell’ and ‘Children of the Sea’ are definitely among his favorite tracks from the ’80s.
Biff Byford’s words on his favorite Ronnie James Dio era Black Sabbath record:
“My ultimate choice of my ’80s songs would be ‘Heaven and Hell’ by Black Sabbath, a great album. It was Ronnie James Dio’s first album with Black Sabbath after Ozzy left and formed his own band. We toured with Sabbath in America for a few shows. Yes, I love this album. ‘Heaven and Hell,’ ‘Children of the Sea’ were my favorites of the ’80s.”
You can listen to the radio broadcast below.