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Reunion [Live]

Black SabbathAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)

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Black Sabbath is credited with creating heavy metal. The success of their first two albums - Black Sabbath and Paranoid - marked a paradigm shift in the world of rock. Not until Black Sabbath upended the music scene did the term “heavy metal” enter the popular vocabulary to describe the denser, more thunderous offshoot of rock over which they presided.

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  • 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 (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,760 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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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

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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mottunion July 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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47 of 56 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I fall for it every time July 21, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This is the kind of release I wish I would avoid (and save $25!), but that I always buy. Who can resist? A great band reunited! Undoubtedly one of the best live shows in recent memory and in person these performances are exhilirating.
The problem is that what is great at a concert isn't great on record. In a live setting, singing along to "War Pigs" is incredible. On record, however, listening to Ozzy and the crowd's call and response makes you wish he'd sing it all himself. And the gratuitous vulgarity seems juvenile on record when you're too hyped at a live show to notice.
The songs are great. A solid performance of great Sabbath tracks - and a nice selection, too - not the standard "greatest hits." You can tell that this is a tight band, best in their original incarnation. Almost too tight. The songs rarely vary from their studio versions (save for "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" in which Ozzy avoids the high vocal section he probably can't hit anymore). The rhythm section is thunderous and it's good to have Bill Ward back.
All of this said, why do we need this album? Sure, it's a great souvenier of a great reunion, but if you want to hear these Sabbath tracks the original albums are better. Sure, there are two new tracks, but they're sub-par for this group.
Overall, it's a nice record and nicely packaged, but a little too predictable. Honestly, I prefer Ozzy's live solo albums over this release, even though I prefer Sabbath's studio work.
It's fun for a few listens, but it will gather dust eventually. I'd rather hear the original albums without "show me your f***ing hands!" shouted out every five minutes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The overdue reunion album, still waiting for more. March 9, 2007
Format:Audio CD
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just awsome! July 31, 2006
By Vlad
Format:Audio CD
This is a great reunion!You need to know what the original's sound like first though:

1. War Pigs:The live version of this is awsome!It starts with Tony performing the traditional riffs and he is doing them way better then normal.Geezer is flipping his bass while he plays and Bill performs his drumming at top notch.Ozzy taunts the crowd to clap their hands while the music is going on so for the first 1:05 when that awsome dun-dun and the drum tapping then another dun dun and finally the first verse.Ozzy can still sing awsome!He has the great vocals going fine the whole verse is done great and then he screams just as good as before "OH LORD YEAH!" and then incomes that powerful guitar and fast drumming and then the picking guitar and Geezer's bass shredding into the mess when Ozzy then sings the next part just like it was suppose to sound like and after that we go back to the fast guitar and bass with the drums moving into Ozzy's next vocal performance when he shouts "Yeah!" and then the drumming pounds in with the guitar and we get the long instrumental part and then Ozzy gets the crowd to sing the next verse!That is what lower's this live version because Ozzy can sing fine so why didn't he?Well too bad but then comes in the guitar and finishes this song at 8:28.Good live version considering how old they are.8/10

2. Behind The Wall Of Sleep:This is done alot better then the last one.No crowd singing.Starts with wasp and then the leaping guitar sound and then Ozzy starts to sing just the same he originally did in 1970.In between Ozzy's singing their are Tony's riffs which are done very well and then the solo.This 5:39 live version is great.9/10

3. N.I.B.:Now this is where things get good.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok not great.
I was slightly disappointed in this one. I just could not feel the effort being put into it, perhaps the band is just getting tired.
Published 4 days ago by Twobluegills
5.0 out of 5 stars Sabbath Live Rock
A must have for Sabbath fans. Ozzy and the Sabbath gang raise the roof with audience participation helping them along.
Published 2 months ago by Edward Ripley
4.0 out of 5 stars Reunion
I have a hard time listening to live albums in general. I would say this album is better than Live at Last or Live Evil with Dio. Read more
Published 7 months ago by buddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical live album
While I am not a huge fan of lots of live albums that bands seem to release with every tour, this album is exceptional. It has a special magic being recorded in Birmingham. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Maria Van Vlack
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Sabbath rules
True live metal. The true masters of metal put on a stunning show. Black Sabbath at there very very best.
Published 8 months ago by Paul Hill Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful stuff!
50 yrs. old now...this is the album that makes an old Sabbath soldier proud like a papa. These dudes were impressive. Get this and give it due-justice. The real deal.
Published 11 months ago by drew
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Live music from Black Sabbath
Ths cd has the original members and there is a lot of classic songs on this cd and they sound real good considering these guys were up there in age. Read more
Published 15 months ago by JD
1.0 out of 5 stars Not one of their better Efforts
I have numerous Sabbath Albums/CDs along with many of their live outings. This is clearly the poorest performed of them all. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Maddy
1.0 out of 5 stars Godawful.
This is the first album I've ever heard where I sorta WISH they'd used Auto Tune. Ozzy's terrible and has been since No Rest For The Wicked. Read more
Published on May 5, 2011 by Howard Bleach
4.0 out of 5 stars Sabbath giving ozzy back some creditability.
This is a great album for Black Sabbath but the vocals from Ozzy these days just plain suck. They need to do a Reunion II with DIO, he can't still sing amazingly. Read more
Published on May 10, 2010 by Deimos
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