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on February 1, 2009
Black Sabbath "Reunion" is one of the best live Sabbath's records available, maybe the best! Recorded live at the N.E.C, Birmingham; England during the 1997's Reunion Tour (Dec 5 1997). This 2 cd set have the best live sound recording until today with the classic line up...
This is the first "official live record" of the band... and after 17 years of their breakout in the late 70's for any Black Sabbath fan this is a very emotive record set... and the most important musical moment on the last 20 years. If you have Past Lives or Live At Last cds (or any live bootleg) you can hear now the difference between the past and the present... this olds live records are great but... this one is really better!
The dream of any Black Sabbath Fan; a special show with the original line-up recorded live with a high quality sound, 16 great songs includes War Pigs, Snowblind, Into The Void, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Black Sabbath, Iron Man, Children Of The Grave, Paranoid...and new recorded of classics songs never available before in their live versions like Spiral Architect, Dirty Women, Electric Funeral, Behind The Wall Of Sleep, Lord Of This World.
There are two versions of this concert; the special deluxe limited edition (discontinued) with a special packaging and the standard version in a regular jewel case available now, both with the same sound quality and songs selection. The booklet comes with great rare photos and extensive notes about the band history and members anecdotes.
The show is amazing, the band sounds great... features Tony Iommi "the black master" on guitar, the "thunder god" Geezer Butler on bass, "the monster" Bill Ward on drums and the "Evil Madman" Ozzy Osbourne on vocals
The best of this set are the "rare" songs like Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Electric Funeral, Into the Void and The Spiral Architect never available before on others semi-official live recordings, killer versions with a doomy sound!! ... but the classics like Black Sabbath, War Pigs, Iron Man and Paranoid are great too! A solid performance with a great set list, strong musician friendship and the band totally out of their heads!
Geezer Butler rocks! with his amazing bass lines, Iommi show his power like no other guitar player can do (no doubt, he's master of metal sound)... Bill Ward plays the drums with passion and Ozzy's vocals sounds like the old days... Great!
The beauty of the old school heavy sound!
The two studio cuts are great too but the live show is the best part of this 2 cd set!
Play it Loud! Long live to Rock & Roll
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on April 5, 2017
getting closer to my black sabbath collection
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on April 10, 2017
perfect
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on September 16, 2000
There have been three distinct phases of Black Sabbath, each determined by a different lead singer (no, I'm not forgetting the two Deep Purple refugees Ian Gillan and Glenn Hughes--it's just that neither was around long enough to really make a difference). The current one--Tony Martin--whose stewardship of the mike represents Sab' as the elder statesmen of Death Metal and the Wayne's World headbanger sound. Before Martin was Ronnie James Dio, whose maniacal rant (the best example being the song "Neon Knights") gave voice to a more hyper version of the band than before or since--that lineup probably formed the roots of Speed Metal. With Ozzy, we're back to aquare one--a lineup that added a noir element to a then blues-dominated Metal (Hendrix, Cream, Grand Funk, Mountain--what have you), apocalyptic-flavored lyrics reinforced by the flat menace of Ozzy's voice. They were the only band doing what would later be called Death Metal--in those days, one band did not constitute a genre. What we have in three live albums--the Dio-sung "Live Evil, the Martin-sung "Cross Purposes Live" (only available as a freebie CD packed with the concert video) and this album--adds up to a trilogy of a long career in a music style some might call "ugly" (my ex-wife's theory was that ownership of their albums was symptomatic of a grudge against the world). Until now, the only live album we had out of the original quartet was the unauthorized "Live At Last". So this album constitues a very belated part one of that trilogy. And it doesn't really sound that much like a "nostalgia gig"--they all still work well together and I'll bet Ozzy has been using a lot of this stuff on the road throughout his solo career. All--and I do mean ALL--of the live material here does justice to how we remember it from the studio tracks. Conspicuously absent is any material whatsoever from albums Ozzy wasn't originally on--he obviouly noticed that none of the three singers has ever sounded worth a damn doing stuff created during the others' time. The only weak point is Ozzy's frequent use of the "eff-word" in onstage patter--obviously this fifty-something man is trying to avoid coming across middle-aged to an audience that has a lot of younger members. The good news is that this act doesn't really "eff-word" up the music itself. I just bought this album about a year and a half after its release (too much other stuff first) and after hearing it, I'm kicking myself for waiting so long.
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on December 2, 2013
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. One of the downfalls is that Ozzy didn't sing the final lyrics at the end of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and this was probably due to the high notes. I also thought the studio tracks were weak. They could of done live versions of Killing Yourself to Live and Symptom of the Universe and made this a complete live album, but don't get me wrong this probably the best Sabbath/Ozzy live album.
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on August 20, 2000
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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on February 2, 2016
EPIC!
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on June 30, 2016
Iommi is fantastic. The rest of the band is certainly up to snuff. Ozzy, well, his voice isn't what it once was but it's still great to hear them together again.
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on April 5, 2013
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. Some of my favorites are NIB and Dirty Women but all the other songs are real good too. Well worth buying for any Black Sabbath fans
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on July 27, 2014
Love Black Sabbath. Excellent Live Album.
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