Originally Posted by Hogan11
Well, I'd say Sabbath was more important, due to it's established reputation and the fact that Dio pretty much pulled them off from the scrap heap for a couple of decent to good LP's. Incidently, I always thought that Dio suited Sabbath much better than the cartoonish, nasally voiced Ozzy. That's an opinion that has brought me much grief over the years, but I still stand by it.
Rainbow never really escaped the long shadow of Purple IMHO. They had some great players come and go over their career to no avail and they eventually ended up in MOR hell. "Long Live Rock And Roll" & "On Stage" were the albums I've held onto and still have to this day....although, I confess, neither have seen the turntable in well over 15 years.
Yeah, I've gotta concur. Rainbow did manage a few gems with Dio singing but they really didn't have any notoriety in America til Joe Lynn Turner sang with 'em (excluding a few of the graham bonnet songs). As for the quality of music, it was high in Rainbow, in my opinion.
But in Sabbath, you had a whole new incarnation and monster. The sound of Sabbath changed SO much with Dio, not only in the vox but the general theme of the tunes and the structure of the songs. They did so much more than they could do with Ozzy in the band (i agree that ozzy would be in 2nd place in the pantheon of sabbath voices). The two albums they put together were good overall but with some seminal metal tunes like Neon Knights, Children of the Sea, and Heaven and Hell. Sabbath's gems were greater than Rainbow's, which means my vote is for Sabbath.