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Black Sabbath


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3 stars The last hurrah for Dio was a live effort and a good one at that. I always loved the Ozzy incarnation of the band but still Dio really sung up a storm, particularly live. I got hold of this in the bad old 80s when metal had yet to become the dominant force when Metallica, Slayer and Iron Maiden hit the music stands.

The live Sabbath experience is encapsulated in Iommi's screaming solos and Dio's roaring vocals. Best tracks are Neon Knights, N.I.B., Children of the Grave, War Pigs, Iron Man, The Mob Rules, Heaven & Hell, and Paranoid. These were Sabbath classics and live they really rock. The crowd get into these too, notably on Heaven and Hell - Dio: On and on on and on its... crowd: Heaven and Hell! Dio: On and on on and on its... crowd: Heaven and Hell! Dio: On and on on and on its... crowd: Heaven and Hell! Dio: On and on on and on its... crowd: HEAVEN AND HELLl!

I guess you had to be there. This Cd makes you feel as if you are there in a sense as you can hear the crowd clearly (sometimes too clearly) and the guitars sound fantastic. Iommi is a genius - just listen to those riffs! Of course Iron Man and Paranoid are classics and the live treatment is excellent on both. I miss Ozzy at times as Dio annoys me by singing too much and over playing the vocals, but this was a new Sabbath and translates better live than studio in my humble opium. And Dio was better than singers to come in the Sabbath incarnations to follow.

I spun this album often when I was going through the rebellious adolescent angst of a misunderstood teen and it spoke to me then. It does nothing for me now in an emotional sense but it has progressive elements if you listen hard enough. I dont like the satanic material but then again I am no longer in a rebellious state of mind. So overall what we have here is a live album that stands the test of time. Not brilliant, but worthy of a listen for certain.

AtomicCrimsonRush | 3/5 |


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