The Dio Years
Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
Only Black Sabbath could replace the best metal singer of all time with the most important metal singer of all time. Sure, maybe Ronnie James Dio could never hit the notes Rob Halford or Bruce Dickinson could, but the guy invented the "devil's horns" hand signal. Plus he was literally like three feet tall, a real elf. This collection starts with "Neon Knights," of course. For some reason, "Sign of the Southern Cross" is not included. Luckily, the brand new "Shadow of the Wind" is. For the uninitiated, Tony Iommi saved some of his most irrefutable riffs for Dio.