- Audio CD (1 April 2014)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Deluxe Edition, Double CD, Original recording remastered
- Label: Sanctuary
- ASIN: B00382X4WI
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- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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Live Evil (Deluxe Edition) Deluxe Edition, Double CD, Original recording remastered
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Black Sabbath, one of the most prominent and influential faces of the 70’s rock topography were, by the decade’s end, a band in disarray. Once the masters of their own reality, the Birmingham four-piece of Tony Iommi (Guitar), Geezer Butler (Bass), Bill Ward (Drums) and Ozzy Osbourne (Vocals), were now battle weary veterans, wearing the deep scars of a near ten year album-tour-album cycle that had left them bereft of any real sense of direction and motivation. The pace of the heavy metal and hard rock scene was now being set by the younger new wave of British heavy metal bands and young upstarts, such as Van Halen invading from the U.S.
Black Sabbath’s previous album, the ironically titled, Never Say Die!, released in September 1978, did little to reclaim lost ground and would transpire to be their final studio recording with their much-loved front-man, who in less than a year, would be unceremoniously sacked for narcotic and alcoholic induced lethargy. To many, the odds on the band continuing in the absence of Osbourne seemed like a wager that no-one in their right mind would take. However, elsewhere in the world another hard rock behemoth was undergoing dramatic changes of equal tumult, the results of which would have a ripple effect upon the world of Black Sabbath with quite dramatic consequences. Ex-Deep Purple guitar maestro Ritchie Blackmore--now impulsive leader of Rainbow--was preparing to re-brand his Anglo-American myth makers into a sleek, chart-troubling troupe of AOR heroes. Ronnie James Dio, Rainbow’s founding lead vocalist whose lion’s roar had taken the band to gold and platinum status soon realised there was to be no place for his Arthurian-lyrical style in this new operation and, like Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne, eventually found himself one band short of a gig. Several phone calls later and a chance meeting in, of all places, the Rainbow Bar & Grill on Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, Iommi invited Dio to join the remaining members of Black Sabbath for an impromptu rehearsal. Within fifteen minutes and one brand new song later (that’s "Children Of The Sea", trivia fans), Black Sabbath had their new lead vocalist in situ, Dio had a new gig and all were once more, ready to roll. The resultant album releases over the next few years elevated Black Sabbath once more to a place of highest regard within elite rock circles.
1982’s Live Evil, presented here in a remastered deluxe edition, caught a band at the height of their powers. The classic lineup of Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinnie Appice giving a flawless performance.
Top Customer Reviews
All the classics from both camps are here,and although it took a bit getting used to Dio singing Ozzy material he does it with ease,highlights for me as 'Black Sabbath' love the intro and a superb 'Voodoo' with excellent solo.
However for the most part this overproduced disc sucks the life out of the music,the crowd appear to be in a different stadium and its really only for completists
If you buy the deluxe edition of MOB RULES then the bonus Live At Hammersmith disc is a truer representation of how they actually sounded.
However, a few complaints about this album must be said. While the band themselves have been captured in full flight, the crowd is barely audible. This is evidenced especially during "Heaven and Hell", when Dio lets the crowd participate. This is a great idea, but they can't be heard! For this reason, it doesn't have a good live feel to it; you can't picture yourself being at this gig like you can on Iron Maiden's "Rock in Rio", for example.
The other complaint is: where are song introductions? Dio barely talks to the crowd on this one. This can be answered by the fact that when remastering the album and putting it all onto one CD (the original was split onto two CDs), all in-between song talking had to be cut out, and "Fluff" reduced to a mere nine seconds of audible sound. I'd have been willing to pay an extra few quid for a full concert! My advice would be if you can get hold of the 2-CD version, then do, it must be better than this.
If you want a decent live album, then look elsewhere. But if you're interested in hearing Mr Dio singing Ozzy-era Sabbath, then this album delivers in loads aplenty.
As a post script it's worth mentioning that the Mob Rules Deluxe release has the Hammersmith concert from the same tour as a bonus CD and this live recording addresses all of the concerns above.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had this on vinyl and it was night and day different from the cd that I bought,I know they had their differences but the production bordered on childish.Published 3 months ago by BR66
The missing stars are simply because of the sound quality. The ill-fated album never got the kind of mixing and production it deserved and this deluxe edition somehow suffers from... Read morePublished 11 months ago by K1
WELL IT'S PRETTY OBVIOUS TO ME THAT THE LATE GREAT " RONNIE JAMES DIO " WAS A MUCH SUPERIOR SINGER THAN " JOHN OZZY OSBOURNE "
MR DIO COULD REALLY SING &... Read more
A decent live recording, but how come this deluxe edition doesn't contain any bonus songs? Sure there must have been some songs from the two tours which didn't make the original... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mikkelin Möyhentäjä