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Past Lives [Deluxe Edition] [Double CD]

Black Sabbath Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B003Z0FS9U
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,627 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Tomorrow's Dream
2. Sweet Leaf
3. Killing Yourself To Live
4. Cornucopia
5. Snow Blind
6. Children Of The Grave
7. War Pigs
8. Wicked World
9. Paranoid
Disc: 2
1. Hand Of Doom
2. Hole In The Sky
3. Symptom Of The Universe
4. Megalomania
5. Iron Man
6. Black Sabbath
7. N.I.B.
8. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
9. Fairies Wear Boots

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2CD set. Remastered 1973 concert from London Rainbow Theatre plus more 70s live material. Feat Ozzy Osbourne

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4.0 out of 5 stars Cornucopia! 5 Oct 2010
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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A real treat for long-standing fans. The first disc is a much-cleaned up Live at Last, recorded in March 1973 and originally released in the aftermath of Ozzy leaving in 1980. Ozzy disowned the recording on release, but it's a superb document of the band touring Vol IV, with one eye on follow-up masterpiece Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. As such, the set list contains an interesting mix of old (Wicked World) and new (Killing Yourself to Live - so fresh it has different lyrics and a totally different chorus melody). Maybe Ozzy was embarrassed about his vocals - he misses the odd note, but generally is in good voice and clearly focusing on the gig rather than posterity. I love it all the more for this rawness and this may indeed be the only Ozzy live album ever released where the vocals weren't redubbed in the studio.

Wicked World/Paranoid are exceptional. Low points are the dirges of Tomorrow's Dream and Cornucopia, the latter ending so apologetically, Ozzy has to prompt the audience to respond. Tony Iommi's jazz guitar playing in the middle of Wicked World is a revalation - the song is an extended series of riffs and middle bits reminiscent of the second half of The Who's Live at Leeds. More true to the raw spirit of Sabbath than any other live album either the band or Ozzy has been involved in.

The great shame is that in tidying LAL up, they didn't find add any more tracks from the tour - I would have loved to have heard how Wheels of Confusion sounded live.

The second disc gathers together some of the highlights from the 1975 New Jersey gig together with some fairly poorly recorded 1970 tracks. The Sabotage tour songs are excellent - the band sound huge and are still experimenting and growing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ozzy Period Black Sabbath Live and Raw 14 Aug 2014
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This is exactly what I was expecting. Very nicely packaged and two disks of early (Ozzy era) Black Sabbath. Not the polished live albums you may be used to. Not much production went into these, no fixing of bum notes; just raw, warts and all Sabbath.

I already have a reasonable copy of "Live At Last", which is the first disk of "Past Lives", so I've really bought this for Disk 2. I am not disappointed. Disk 2 is worth what I've paid through a 'Market Seller', so a second copy of Live at last is a bonus for me. Disk 1 is meant to be cleaned up from the original release but I can't tell much difference, but that may reflect more on my sound equipment than the disk!

So Disk 1 is from 1973, and the first 6 tracks were recorded at a Manchester show. The last 3 tracks are from the Rainbow; Warpigs, Wicked World and Paranoid. Possibly of interest to some, these are not played in the original keys recorded in the studio, but are lower and played on the C# guitars as used on the 'Master of Reality', 'Vol 4', 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath' and 'Sabotage' albums.

Disk 2 is split between 1975 and 1970. First 4 tracks are from a New Jersey show in 1975, just before the release of the 'Sabotage' album, and has 'Hand of Doom' track one from the 'Paranoid' album followed by 3 tracks from 'Sabotage', which the audience have never heard before. The final 5 tracks are from the legendary 1970 Paris show.

I doubt whether anyone but Sabbath fans would want this, but if you are, and don't expect or require polish then this package is a must for a slice of Black Sabbath history. If you buy this, don't buy' Live at Last' too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars RAW Sounding Sabbath! 7 May 2014
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This 2 Disc Live Set is absolutely Fantastic, the First disc contains the remastered Version of the 1980 Unofficial "Live At Last" Album, with this Version having a Remastered sound and approved by the Band, the second disc is around 1975 "Sabotage" tour.

Both discs show Early Sabbath, young and enjoying being on Stage, Sabbath sound soo Raw on these discs that you feel that your actually there. Ozzy sounds fantastic and on the odd occasion slips up but it doesn't ruin the experience, the rest of the band sound brilliant too.

If you want to hear Sabbath Live at their Rawest and energetic Stage then this is the Live Album to buy
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4.0 out of 5 stars ALL THAT I CAN GIVE YOU IS A LOVE THAT NEVER DIES 24 Mar 2012
By Steve Russey - Published on Amazon.com
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Here we are again... the Saturday morning ritual... the mood setting music: 1978's soundtrack from INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, and where SABBATH did not snatch my entire body back in... oh, '75, or '76, they certainly snatched my ears, and mind. I have to thank a classmate for bringing in the PARANOID album. Ed? I hope you're still playing bass! We had a great teacher who, if we had been good and worked hard, would allow music to be played in the final 15 minutes of class. One day it was LED ZEPPELIN, but then one day, what's this? One of the most compellingly eldritch riffs I've ever heard... lots of phase shifting... or maybe a flanger (or maybe both)... an ominous vocal delivery warning us of the "fallout" from nuclear war. I've read that BLACK SABBATH's music either alienated you from the beginning or pulled you right in... again, thanks... ELECTRIC FUNERAL "snatched" me and hurled me into the heart of their brilliant musical axis.

I was once told that BLACK SABBATH is THE most important rock group. Consider this: they were, perhaps the first to hit us with that enormously heavy wall of sound (sure it was in the wake of HENDRIX, CREAM [who Ozzy even reports was a big influence on him], THE KINKS, and THE WHO, but they didn't do it quite like SABBATH). Hard rock up to the present still presents with that loud, heavy wall of sound, and I'll be hard pressed to meet a "hard rocker" who doesn't owe some sort of debt to these squires from Brimingham.

The original line-up's work is represented very nicley here spanning their eponymous debut through the anticipated release of '75's SABATOGE. From one show you get three great diplomats from SABATOGE: MEGALOMANIA, HOLE IN THE SKY, and, perhaps my favorite SABBATH tune, SYMPTOM OF THE UNIVERSE (no doubt, one of their best lyrical endeavors). Returning to their humble, precocious beginnings you're treated to NIB, BEHIND THE WALL OF SLEEP (such an overlooked SABBATH classic), and, of course, their title track, BLACK SABBATH. PARANOID's best elements are featured, as well: FAIRIES WEAR BOOTS, WAR PIGS (is this the definitive hard rock song of all time?), IRON MAN (another hard rock staple), and the title track, which some call their signature song. More great material follows: CHILDREN OF THE GRAVE, TOMORROW's DREAM, a snippet of SUPERNAUT (one of VOL. IV's highlights), and, what a surprise, the atypical CORNUCOPIA (which Bill Ward reports was one of his most difficult tracks to master, due to the odd time signatures [in one account he reports that he almost got fired over this!]). KILLING YOURSELF TO LIVE (from what critics have called SABBATH's finest hour, SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH) shines through, as well. Initial gripe: too bad more material couldn't have been featured from their stellar, mature, and smart 5th release, especially the title track, which is one of their indispensable songs (nice, though, that they included it on the REUNION live CD). Gripe number two: where's WHEELS OF CONFUSION? Furthermore, did they ever perform this live? I don't know... still, one of their best songs, and Ozzy's vocal performance is brilliant, as is the entire ensemble on this tune.

Time to musically "intellectualize"... of the two shows you get the latter is probably clearer, and engineered a bit better; however, the former, pretty much a re-release of LIVE AT LAST, has been cleaned up, re-mastered, and expanded (originally I read that the band weren't happy about LIVE AT LAST being released back in the day, so hopefully this re-release "makes good" on the disappointment). It's also nice to get an honest live release from the original line-up. If you recall LIVE EVIL and SPEAK OF THE DEVIL (both virtuous releases, and highly recommended) were, more or less, released in competition during the "Ozzy" departure, and the "Dio" years. Which brings me to the line-up here. Although I've adored ALL of SABBATH's work (I even got to see, perhaps the most unusual line-up with Ian Gillan singing, and Bev Bevan on drums), from Ozzy to Dio to Gillan to Martin (with the odd reunion thrown in) the original is still the definitive line-up. Anthony (your SG always sounds great, and I'm quite jealous of the sound you achieve), Terrence (great stage presence, and technical skill), William (perhaps the only hard rock drummer who swings), and John (words fail me... you're an iconoclast) formed a unique, resonant musical alchemy with their heavy metal "wall of sound" through power and volume, grandiloquence, great songwriting and musicianship complemented with "Ozzy's" vocal dynamics (angry, serious [again, a nod to ELECTRIC FUNERAL, as well as IRON MAN], grave, scary [for the longest time the song BLACK SABBATH scared the H-E DOUBLE HOCKEY STICKS out of me] sad and melodic [tell me his vocal delivery on CHANGES doesn't move you]). If you'd rather start with some of their studio releases, check out PARANOID, their debut release (self-titled), VOLUME IV, and SABATOGE. I'd even recommend HEAVEN AND HELL (Dio's introduction to the SABBATH galaxy was stunning).

A bit of a traumatic memory just surfaced... I was all set to see SABBATH on the NEVER SAY DIE tour in '78 with opening act (new to the scene), VAN HALEN (what a pairing!!!!!, and as I've been told, one great show); however, I got a bad grade in math (ironic since it was in math class that my classmate introduced me to BLACK SABBATH!!!!!!! "Swim the magic ocean I've been crying all these years!!!")... anyway, I learned my "lesson" and never got another bad grade in math... further, I was thrilled to see the BORN AGAIN tour in '83 with unknown future stars RATT opening up!)

It's amusing to think that a local British blues band called EARTH (such a peaceful, friendly, and "down to Earth" name) inadvertently "invented" heavy metal because they couldn't hear themselves over the din of a pub crowd, forcing them to turn their amps up to "distortion" level (if only it could've gone to 11!!!!!!!!!... Geezer Butler once said that at the outset of each tour he has to watch THIS IS SPINAL TAP because he needs to start the tour off on the wrong foot... ha ha ha), coupled with the fact that there was another EARTH that was more popular, moving the future "SABS" to change their name to a Boris Karloff film, opened the floodgates for a musical juggernaut (or should that be "SUPERJUGGERNAUT") that spawned, literally, hard rock and heavy metal. Thanks guys!!!!

To the SABBATH fan, definitely "check it out!!!!"

To the uninitiated... hmmmm... if you're not a fan of hard rock, SABBATH may not be your dose of jelly babies and tea... if you are a fan, I'd suggest the aforementioned studio releases first.

Be well, all... and as always, thanks for taking the time to read this (as well as the others... comments are always welcome; however, I require that they be submitted in writing, in triplicate, and in three different languages [excluding ENGLISH], preferably LATIN, GREEK, and KLINGONESE.

Musically yours, Balthazar "AIR COOL" Platini, III
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sabbath lives! 7 Feb 2012
By Alessandro M. R. Mor - Published on Amazon.com
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This two cd "live" set from one of the bands that practically coined the term "heavy metal" is a collection of songs from their self titled "Black Sabbath" (1970) album thru the "Sabatoge" (1975) album.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect ! 6 Feb 2014
By Rafael - Brazil - Published on Amazon.com
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Perfect !
Because the product is very good .
I liked a lot .
Would recommend to my friends from Brazil .
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BLACK SABBATH PAST LIVES DELUXE EDITION 7 Jun 2013
By troydharper - Published on Amazon.com
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CD'S SOUND GREAT AND THE PACKAGING ALSO GREAT! THERE IS TWO DISKS AND NO BONUS DISK LIKE THE DESCRIPTION OF THIS CD SAYS THERE IS. VERY DISAPPOINTED THAT THERE IS NO BONUS DISK WITH THIS SET!!!
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