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4.0 out of 5 stars Primordial Ooohs, August 20, 2000
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This review is from: Reunion [Limited Edition] [2-CD SET] (Audio CD)
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the Sabs' heyday (1970-76), bearing one tune from the "Technical Ecstacy" album, and while that tune could easily have been replaced by a better one from "Sabotage", at least there is nothing included from the embarrassing release "Never Say Die".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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