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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.Read more ›
"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.Read more ›
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Always a Black Sabbath fan, and it's awesome to hear the original line up back together again after years apart. Certainly an awesome album for any Black Sabbath fan.Published 11 months ago by Cayden Kapelka
It was in perfect shape like it said it was. Plays perfect. Arrived on time also.Published 12 months ago by lucas wynn
Got it for my bro for Christmas and he said it wad 5 star awesome.Published 13 months ago by Jason Brown
THIS ALBUM IS THE MOST PLAYED SABBATH CD I HAVE!! I PLAY THIS FAR MORE THAN THEIR NEW 13 CDPublished 14 months ago by diezelish
Great Black Sabbath album. A Must for any fan of the band. It's worth trying to find this record.Published 18 months ago by Debbie