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Live Evil (Deluxe Edition) Deluxe Edition, Double CD, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (1 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Double CD, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B00382X4WI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,564 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. E5150
  2. Neon Knights
  3. N.I.B.
  4. Children Of The Sea
  5. Voodoo
  6. Black Sabbath
  7. War Pigs
  8. Iron Man

Disc: 2

  1. The Mob Rules
  2. Heaven And Hell
  3. The Sign Of The Southern Cross/ Heaven and Hell (continued)
  4. Paranoid
  5. Children Of The Grave
  6. Fluff

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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.

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It's a shame that now Sabbath (and Ozzy in particular) have become household names again with the advent of the reunion of the classic lineup, Ozzfest and "The Osbournes" (d'oh!) that Messrs Iommi and Butler have decided to disown any other incarnations of Sabbath and remark that for them the original lineup was the only one that could "cut it". Sure there have been some pretty bad ones (Glenn Hughes and Ian Gillan to name two rather baffling choices as front men) but I would argue that drafting Dio and Appice into the band perhaps enhanced the musical ability of the group. Maybe the band should have formed under a diferent name but it's fair to say that this live offering is a tremendous chronicle of this group's first outing (they reformed in 1992 with the "Dehumaniser" album). The best cuts on this album for me are "Children Of The Sea", "Heaven And Hell" (complete with elongated and brinking on pretentious solos by Iommi) and, my personal favourite from this reincarnation, the ultra heavy "Sign Of The Southern Cross". So why not a five star album. Well "Paranoid" and "War Pigs " just sound wrong with Dio singing and the liner notes look suspiciously similar to those of "The Mob Rules". However for all those anti-Dio Sabbathites, maybe it's a chance to be a little more open-minded and appreciate just how good this incarnation was
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By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 July 2010
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This was a missed opportunity,having seen Sabbath with Dio at the Glasgow Apollo 1980 i was well aware how great they were live,sadly this overproduced disc fails to recreate this.

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.
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This was Black Sabbath's first official live album, recorded while touring in support the band's second album with Ronnie James Dio, "Mob Rules". The track-list is good, although it ommits several classics like "Snowblind", "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" and "Turn up the Night". "Live Evil" contains a great selection nonetheless, and Dio puts a new perspective on Ozzy-era songs like "War Pigs", "Black Sabbath" and "NIB". The rest of the band are also on top form, with a drum solo by Vinnie Appice, and a long guitar solo during "Heaven and Hell" by Tony Iommi. The aforementioned track is the centrepiece of the setlist, to which Sabbath return to at the end of "The Sign of the Southern Cross" and "Paranoid".
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.
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I should lay my cards on the table on the Dio v Ozzy debate. My personal opinion (for what it's worth) is that Sabbath under Ozzy were, as most people know, hugely influential on metal generally, but personally I struggle with the vocals, particularly in a live environment. By contrast Sabbath under Dio produced two of the slickest best 80s metal albums and the contrast to the Ozzy era is like comparing chalk and cheese. Ozzy's Sabbath crawled out of the Midlands in the late 60s early 70s and the songs reflected the drugs, wars and social issues of the time. The Sabbath of Dio's era are the product of LA and the sorcery and wizard fodder of Dio's former band, Rainbow. This contrast is usefully highlighted by comparing Live Evil and Live At Last. The latter is a beautifully raw mess, propelled along by frenzied drumming, monster riffs, crowd adulation and that slightly unhinged vocal - it doesn't come more live than this. Live Evil is a slick behemoth with the crowd a distant memory, faded out so as to not interfere with the quality of the music, and let's be honest, the growing egos. However, I am a teenager of the 80s, not the 70s, so it's Live Evil that gets the higher marks in my book. Although not a great, great live album it is a testament to the power of the Dio era music, particularly on the barnstorming opener Neon Nights and the quirky Voodoo. The Ozzy era stuff translates reasonably well, particularly the crunching NIB, but Paranoid is best left to Ozzy, as he lives and breathes the lyric - Dio simply sings the song too well.

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.
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