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2.94 | 38 ratings | 4 reviews | 11% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Live, released in 1995

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Time Machine (5:08)
2. Children of the Grave (5:25)
3. I Witness (5:02)
4*. Mob Rules (4:18)
5. Into the Void (6:39)
6*. Anno Mundi (6:17)
7. Black Sabbath (8:12)
8*. Neon Knights (5:35)
9. Psychophobia (3:03)
10. The Wizard (4:42)
11. Cross of Thorns (4:43)
12. Symptom of the Universe / Drum Solo (7:31)
13. Headless Cross (5:34)
14. Paranoid (5:13)
15. Iron Man (3:27)
16. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (6:11)

* - on VHS only

CD Total Time 62:04
VHS Total Time 78:14

Line-up / Musicians

- Tony Martin / vocals
- Tony Iommi / guitar
- Geezer Butler / bass
- Bobby Rondinelli / drums

- Geoff Nicholls / keyboards

Releases information

Recorded at the Hammersmith Apollo, London, on April 13, 1994.

CD+VHS EMI / I.R.S Records 7243 8 30069 22 4 77806 0 (March 1, 1995)

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BLACK SABBATH Cross Purposes Live (CD + VHS) ratings distribution

(38 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(11%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(42%)
Good, but non-essential (26%)
Collectors/fans only (16%)
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)

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Review by ZowieZiggy
2 stars If you except "Cross Purposes", these Tony Martin years were not the most inspired "Sabbath" ones. This live album combines some oldies and newbies. Such an attempt was already achieved with "Live Evil" with Dio on the vocals with a decent result.

This one is truely dispensible. The band only plays three songs from "Cross Purposes" and not the best ones. One of the poorest song (out of many) from their disgusting "Dehumanizer" ("Time Machine"). As if "Sabbath" did it on purpose ! Like playing "Headless Cross" in this live set. Might have been a small hit, but this song is sooooooooooo bad...

Now, the classic ones. Difficult task because inevitably Martin will have to face the comparison with "Sabbath's voice" : Ozzy of course. Even if he is not a great singer, he is the incarnation of this role in the band. The only good version is "Black Sabbath". And even if this CD ends up with a trilogy of giant songs, their rendition is just worth peanuts (for two of them).

"Parano´d", "Iron Man" and "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" are just massacred. Especially "Iron Man". Reduced to just over three minutes this version is just a useless masquerade. And most of it is dedicated to a lenghty intro as well as a karaokee excercise. Shame on you "Sabbath".

The second best one of this live album is "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath". Very close to its original version. Martin is more in-line with the spirit of this song than with other classics.

There is virtually NO reason at all to spend your time and money on this live album. IMHHO there is ONE reference in the genre : their "Reunion" album which supersedes any other ones. Not by an inch. But by a mile.

Two stars for this one. The poorest "Sabbath" live album.

Latest members reviews

4 stars This is definitely Black Sabbath's best live album. I don't know what those other reviewers were smoking but this is a must have for any Sabbath fan. Tony Martin is a lot better live than Ozzy or Dio (especially Dio - he sucks live). This album has a well rounded selection of songs from Sabbath's ... (read more)

Report this review (#481165) | Posted by mangen | Wednesday, July 13, 2011 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Gosh ! This is really bad. For some reason, Black Sabbath wanted to be just an ordinary heavy metal band after Ozzy left the band. The result was a lot of boring AOR like heavy metal albums. The innovations from their first six albums was gone. After Dio, Gillan and Gillen left the band, it w ... (read more)

Report this review (#266508) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Tuesday, February 16, 2010 | Review Permanlink

3 stars I personally find the Tony Martin Sabbath albums highly enjoyable, some of them I rate as being among Sabbath's finest records, so it saddens me time and time again when I come across another Martin-era live recording, albeit official or bootleg, where his songs obtain a small portion of the s ... (read more)

Report this review (#259130) | Posted by dalekvilla | Sunday, January 3, 2010 | Review Permanlink

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