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Reunion: Live (2CD) Best of, Live
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Even when Ozzy screeches wildly off-key, the album still sounds bloody brilliant. -- Entertainment Weekly
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
Top Customer Reviews
"Reunion" is as close to an official live album as the original Black Sabbath-lineup has had in their 34-year career. 1980's "Live At Last" was released without their permission, and 1982's "Live Evil" featured then-singer Ronnie James Dio.
But here it is, finally, and "Reunion" does not disappoint. Culled from a series of concerts in their native Birmingham in December 1997, it includes their most enduring classics ("Black Sabbath", "War Pigs", "Paranoid", "Iron Man", "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath").
And Sabbath manages to avoid the most common pitfall of live recordings: speeding up the songs. This is crucial, since songs like "Sweet Leaf", "Black Sabbath", and "Snowblind" owe a lot of their unique personality and somber atmospherics to the band's trademark snail's pace.
The drums are exceptionally well recorded (that is, loud), and everything is louder than everything else, just the way it should be. (Or in plain English: you can hear everything just about equally well; nothing is mixed into the background.)
I wouldn't have put "Behind The Wall Of Sleep" on right after "War Pigs" (it becomes very obvious that "Wall" is just "Pigs" with a slightly altered melody and a different arrangement).
And Ozzy Osbourne's vocals aren't quite as strong as the were 30 years ago (he can't hit the highest notes during "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath"). But he can still carry a tune, something which he couldn't always 30 years ago, and guitarist Tony Iommi has lost absolutely none of his impressive chops.
Bill Ward lays down an appropriately heavy beat, one which doesn't just plod along without variation, but actually shows what a fine heavy metal drummer Ward is.Read more ›
Drum solos? Forget it, not much here. Bass and guitar solos? Forget it, not much here. How can Geezer and Iommi, perhaps the greatest bassist/guitarist pairing ever in a metal band, not want to jam like crazy on stage, at least for this album? You want to know why? Bill, Geezer, and Iommi are not inspired, they don't really care if they are all reunited, they are just cashing in and they sound like it. There is no extensive jamming and stretching out any of the tunes. They are tightly played but WAY TOO tightly played. Like they are not excieted. Just give the fans the studio versions on stage and they'll be happy.
To be honest with you, I think Ozzy is the only one who is really doing this for the fans and he is doing it out of charity to Bill and maybe Geezer. This affects his performance. The problem is that Ozzy sounds like he's doing all this because he has to. He rushes through the material during the whole show. He only sounds inspired when he banters with the crowd. Also, while he sounds fine for the most part, he cannot hit the high shrieks like he used to. His vocals sound a bit strained throughout. Did anyone notice that the high-pitched verse of "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" is completely left out of this version? Ozzy's vocal strains wouldn't really be a problem if these guys sounded like they were all part of the same band. Instead, they sound like the sum of their parts and they were always more than that.
They sound fine overall but they just don't sound like a cohesive unit.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Probably one of the best live album I have heard... Sabbath's renditions of their classic like N.I.B., war pigs or Sabbath bloody Sabbath are modern, loud... Read morePublished on Dec 5 2011 by Benoit Gariépy
Reunion(1998). Black Sabbath's Third Live Album.
On December 4th, 1997, 4 of the most renound Metal Gods came together for one final Black Sabbath performance: Ozzy Osbourne,... Read more
In 1979 Ozzy Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath or quit, depending who's side of the story you wanna believe. Read morePublished on July 8 2004 by Kim Fletcher
This set is a great collection of Sabbath tunes. Both the first and cd are good. Ozzy and the crew really keeps the energy high on the cds. Read morePublished on May 3 2004
This live disc is so great. Sabbath plays all of the songs perfectly, probably cause they were all sober at the time. Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2004
When I got this CD I could tell that it wouldn't be the same. Well all the members of the bands have ten times the talent, exept Ozzy. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2003 by jim
this cd is good but i still prefer sabbath's other two live recordings live evil and live at last over this one. Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2003 by gordon
I never much cared for Black Sabbath. Listening in the '70s, I thought their music sounded vague and sludgy compared to, say, Led Zep (which in addition to being a standout band... Read morePublished on May 10 2003 by Adam J. Jones