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Reunion Live

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Nobody does Black Sabbath songs justice like the original four. With Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward all relatively sound of mind and body, Reunion finds them finally backed by a juggernaut of smart businesspeople and producers who realize what's at stake. The mix is crisp and eye-watering, and the four legends rumble like one thick cloud of doom. Trackwise, it's all the hits plus a few stray wanderings off-kilter ("Dirty Women"). The much-anticipated pair of new studio tracks are a mixed lot: "Psycho Man" is a Kiss-grade metal lurch with an atrocious B-movie lyric that somehow escaped Osbourne's usually reliable cheese radar. "Selling My Soul," however, is convincingly ominous, with Iommi creating piles of dark chords. --Martin Popoff

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. War Pigs
  2. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
  3. N.I.B.
  4. Fairies Wear Boots
  5. Electric Funeral
  6. Sweet Leaf
  7. Spiral Architect
  8. Into The Void
  9. Snowblind

Disc: 2

  1. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
  2. Orchid/Lord Of This World
  3. Dirty Women
  4. Black Sabbath
  5. Iron Man
  6. Children Of The Grave
  7. Paranoid
  8. Psycho Man
  9. Selling My Soul


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 20, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000DFTG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,154 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In 1979 Ozzy Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath or quit, depending who's side of the story you wanna believe. It was to be over eighteen years before the original lineup got back together, although there were brief moments of hope for the fans like the one off performance at Live Aid in 1985. In fact, over those eighteen years Sabbath had recorded ten different albums, all of which had different personnel. Twenty-three musicians had been through the ranks, not counting hundreds of auditions.
Giant Stonehenge monoliths for the stage that could not be fitted into the concert halls they were playing; Dwarfs on stage; famous vocalists who did not know the lyrics to classic Sabbath songs; getting lost on the way to the stage; and drummers disappearing into the dry ice. You name it, Sabbath had either done it, or somebody had done it to them. But through it all there were still some great moments and great albums from both, Sabbath and Ozzy, who's own band was just as liquid as Sabbaths. (Ozzy Osbourne, with the help of his wife Sharon, had gone on to be far more commercially successful than Sabbath had ever been. The two of them had been the main inspiration for a movie called 'Spinal Tap'.)
Realizing the time was right, and to be fair, they probably realized a buck or two could be made out of the gig, it was decided to put the original Black Sabbath together and do those songs properly again. Bridges were built and contracts were signed (which was more than Sabbath managed the first time around). They never received a dime in royalties for their first album as they were paid a one off sum of one thousand pounds, given two days to record, and that was it.
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This was a great disc I picked up on the day of release, new black sabbath with the original line up, unthought of for so long. All the classics with Ozzy. Now I keep waiting and hoping someday they will get together and do a new full album, but hope is shrinking. The two new songs are OK, Pscyhoman sounding more like recent Ozzy songs, but Selling my Soul sounds more like the Iommi riffs of past. Must have CD for the sabbath fan, the first official live release endorsed by the group with Ozzy on vocals...20 years after his leaving. Live at Last has been around for years, but was never endorsed by the band, and Live Evil, although good in its own right for DIO fans, just is not Ozzy. So Get this, its Sabbath at its best.
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Let's start by saying that this is a far better set in terms of performance, recording, and mixing quality than the Black Sabbath: Live At Last disc that had been released some years ago. Geezer's bass is upfront like it should be (it is he that inspired me to pick up the bass at age 12), Iommi scuttles up and down the fretboard with his usual incisive elegance, and Bill Ward's drums thunder like the drums of Moria. Ozzy cannot sing at all anymore, and indulges in purposeless profanity, but that is the way he has always done things. I have personally seen Black Sabbath ten times, and this disc is representative of the power of those shows. The inclusion of two recent and somewhat less-good tunes is only an excuse to buy the thing. If you're not a Sabbath fan, this may not be for you. If you ARE, then it is a must-have, at least for the excellent renditions of "Into The Void" and "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath". The bulk of the disc is drawn from the Sabs' heyday (1970-76), bearing one tune from the "Technical Ecstacy" album, and while that tune could easily have been replaced by a better one from "Sabotage", at least there is nothing included from the embarrassing release "Never Say Die". And even Ozzy at his worst is better than Dio or Ian Gillan, who are far superior singers, but Ozzy's voice is part of the Sabbath sound, and cannot be removed from the mix without deleterious results. Majestic, powerful, and at last well-recorded. I give it two Ozzy peace signs and a purple-fringed yellow shirt for the effort;-)
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Well, it's an Epic release, anyway.

"Reunion" is as close to an official live album as the original Black Sabbath-lineup has had in their 34-year career. 1980's "Live At Last" was released without their permission, and 1982's "Live Evil" featured then-singer Ronnie James Dio.
But here it is, finally, and "Reunion" does not disappoint. Culled from a series of concerts in their native Birmingham in December 1997, it includes their most enduring classics ("Black Sabbath", "War Pigs", "Paranoid", "Iron Man", "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath").
And Sabbath manages to avoid the most common pitfall of live recordings: speeding up the songs. This is crucial, since songs like "Sweet Leaf", "Black Sabbath", and "Snowblind" owe a lot of their unique personality and somber atmospherics to the band's trademark snail's pace.

The drums are exceptionally well recorded (that is, loud), and everything is louder than everything else, just the way it should be. (Or in plain English: you can hear everything just about equally well; nothing is mixed into the background.)
I wouldn't have put "Behind The Wall Of Sleep" on right after "War Pigs" (it becomes very obvious that "Wall" is just "Pigs" with a slightly altered melody and a different arrangement).
And Ozzy Osbourne's vocals aren't quite as strong as the were 30 years ago (he can't hit the highest notes during "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath"). But he can still carry a tune, something which he couldn't always 30 years ago, and guitarist Tony Iommi has lost absolutely none of his impressive chops.

Bill Ward lays down an appropriately heavy beat, one which doesn't just plod along without variation, but actually shows what a fine heavy metal drummer Ward is.
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