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Reunion: Live (2CD) Best of, Live

4.3 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 20 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Best of, Live
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Run Time: 108.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000DFTG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,562 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
1. War Pigs
2. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
3. N.I.B.
4. Fairies Wear Boots
5. Electric Funeral
6. Sweet Leaf
7. Spiral Architect
8. Into The Void
9. Snowblind
Disc: 2
1. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
2. Orchid/Lord Of This World
3. Dirty Women
4. Black Sabbath
5. Iron Man
6. Children Of The Grave
7. Paranoid
8. Psycho Man
9. Selling My Soul

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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

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This album is all the old classics simply done live. Aside from the two new tracks (which really aren't worth writing home to mom about), this album is a remake of "We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n Roll". All tracks are performed straight and sound pretty much as they did on the orginal albums. As a long time fan of the legendary Tony Iommi, who is solely responsible for keeping the Sabbath franchise alive these past 30 years, I find his playing toned down and restrained on this effort. Iommi does not play nearly as aggressively and explosively as he is capable of and perhaps this is to avoid overshadowing the obviously burned out voice of Ozzy who never really could hold a note. Ozzy adds nothing to the old songs, except the over use of the F word, and leaves me yearning for the days of Dio and even Tony Martin who were much better front men and more professional. I'll go see 'em live on this tour, but only to honor the great Anthony Frank Iommi who's playing, in my opinion, would be better complimented by a higher caliber singer. I look forward to Iommi's up and coming solo work.
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Well, it's an Epic release, anyway.
"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.
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I feel badly about this . . . But come on . . . Only blinding nostalgia could lead one to be impressed by this performance. I'm sorry but the band members sound very uninspired by their "reunion." Even the title of the album sounds uninspired.
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.
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rightey-o. you'll notice that i gave this album five stars, which will make my first few statements about it seem a little strange, but i want to be honest about the whole thing, because i don't want anyone being deceived. ozzy's voice has gotten lower, and he sings off key here and there. he changes two songs notably because of his lower voice. they are "spiral architect" and "sabbath, bloody sabbath". bill ward seems to be getting tired out. this seems to be most notable in the song "behind the wall of sleep", which is really too bad, because the original drumming for it was great. aside from that, the performers seem to me to have done very well aside from an occasional slip-up here and there. ozzy talks a lot in between songs, but that doesn't bother ME personally at all. why? because the songs are great, and you can tell he's getting the crowd riled up. i've got all of black sabbath's stuff with ozzy (and even some without), and this is probably my favorite album of theirs. the recording is good, the songs are really strong, and iommi is still a god. "spiral architect" and "dirty women" both get touched up some, and the renditions on this album are freaking great! the whole album really rocks, and the new studio tracks sound very good aside from a little over-cheeziness in the lyrics of "psycho man". the album is really just amazing in my opinion, despite the fact that some of the band members aren't as good as they used to be. if you're the type of person who gets easily irritated by mistakes or talking on albums, don't waste your time/money, because you'll just end up nit-picking and whining the whole time like a little school girl who didn't get the cookies she wanted. (yes, that's directed toward the whiny nit-pickers in some previous reviews) that's about all i've got to say about it.
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