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Reunion [Live]

Black SabbathAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 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 (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,548 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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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Primordial Ooohs August 20, 2000
By Moderan
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must For any Black Sabbath Fan
Great Black Sabbath album. A Must for any fan of the band. It's worth trying to find this record.
Published 2 months ago by Debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Black Sabbath. Excellent Live Album.
Published 2 months ago by hmartin4
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
husband loves it
Published 2 months ago by Kim B. Stubbs
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 2 months 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 5 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 10 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 10 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 11 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 14 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 18 months ago by JD
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