Is This Unearthed Ronnie James Dio Song ‘Slapback’ an Unreleased Black Sabbath Track? (Listen)


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“Slapback” is a demo recording dating back to around 1979 that was shared to the masses last week by the stepson of late Black Sabbath keyboardist Geoff Nicholls. Featuring Ronnie James Dio on lead vocals, it’s believed that the song is a previously unheard Sabbath demo composition.

The song turned up online (via YouTube) on March 5, and features the following as a description:

This latest upload from the Geoff Nicholls estate I believe is called Slapback from the scrawling on the cassette and the chorus. This is from the same cassette as the Heaven & Hell upload on this channel. It doesn’t sound like a typical Sabbath song if it is them but it does sound like Ronnie James Dio. It must be a cover, any clues? I have no idea about anything I wasn’t there. Everything is speculation. Great tune by the way. Is it Ronnie on bass or “a friend from Birmingham”?

For the archiving to continue there are numerous vintage audio tape machines that need servicing. There is no spare cash in the Geoff Nicholls estate to fund this so there is a Patreon account for a monthly donation and a Paypal account for one off donations. Patreon: www.patreon.com/Geoff_Nicholls Paypal: sugarrain44@gmail.com Enjoy. Thank you for watching and listening.

Listen to the track below:

This mysterious recording popped up online around the same time a series of Dio-era Black Sabbath reissues were made available, remastered re-releases of Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules.

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In even more related news, the long-awaited autobiography from Ronnie James Dio arrives this July.


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