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Black Sabbath Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Oct 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000DFTG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 500,560 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. War Pigs (Live) 8:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Behind The Wall Of Sleep (Live) 4:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. N.I.B. (Live) [Explicit] 6:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Fairies Wear Boots (Video for EVS 41588/Live) 6:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Electric Funeral (Live) 5:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sweet Leaf (Live) 5:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Spiral Architect (Live) [Explicit] 5:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Into The Void (Live) 6:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Snowblind (Live) 6:07£0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Live) 4:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Orchid/Lord Of This World (Live) 7:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Dirty Women (Live) 6:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Black Sabbath (Live) 7:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Iron Man (Live) 8:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Children Of The Grave (Live) 6:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Paranoid (Album Version) 4:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Psycho Man 5:20£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Selling My Soul (Album Version) 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Black Sabbath ~ Reunion

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic 14 Oct 2003
By Docendo Discimus TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Well, it's an Epic release, anyway.
"Reunion" is as close to an official live album as the band 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").
And Sabbath manages to avoid the most common pitfall of live recordings: speeding up the songs. This patience is crucial, since such staples as "Sweet Leaf", "Black Sabbath," and "Snowblind" owe much of their unique personality and somber atmospherics to the band's trademark snail's pace.
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 high notes on "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. And Terry "Geezer" Butler was always one of heavy metal's best and most orginal bass players.
Tony Iommi's searing lead guitar belies the fact that he lost the tips of his fingers in an accident back in the late 60s (it was that which caused him to tune down, slackening the strings enough for him to fret them without too much pain).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Sabbath Reunited at last 8 July 2010
By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
After years of rumours ,will they, wont they,Ozzy and the boys reunited for a couple of gigs from which this recording comes.

From the opening sirens of 'War Pigs' to the last notes of 'Paranoid',the band takes us on a time machine back through the hallowed era with classic afer classic,'Black Sabbath','Iron Man''Children Of The Grave''Sweet Leaf','Snowblind' & 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath',they're all here,while selected album cuts such as 'Electric Funeral','Spiral Architect'have the crowd begging for more.

And there is more , a stunning 'Faires Wear Boots', a visceral 'Dirty Women', a jaw dropping 'Into The Void' and a breath taking 'Orchid/Lord of this World' with 'N.I.B' & 'Behind The Wall Of Sleep' making up the numbers.Interestingly the booklet has a set list which shows 'The Wizard' and 'Symptom of the Universe',sadly nether made the album,they would have been the icing on the cake.

This is a fantastic live album and shows you what all the fuss was about,stunning band stunning songs,sadly the 2 studio tracks cannot hold a(black?)candle to the earlier output and the planned studio album never happened.

The whole set is presented in a digipak with excellent booklet and guitar pic.5 stars all the way
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5.0 out of 5 stars The masters show how good they are 14 Jan 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is a great live album from the original masters of heavy metal.From the moment Ozzy utters his first "yea you f.....s" to the last note of paranoid this has class written all over it.
All the best songs from their career are here,my favorites electric funeral and fairies were boots-nice to here them loud and v heavy.
The concert is complete from their second night at the NEC Birmingham uncut and no overdubes. As a Sabbath nut this is indispensable,the only live Sabbath album you need-forget the rest.
If you are a metal fan buy this and listen to the original and best metal band ever.As a ps there are also two new songs at the end studio recordings what shows what might be if they ever record a new album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Reunion to end all Reunions 30 Oct 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
From the first second you hear that loud, War Pigs siren to the last word on Paranoid you enter a world of Sabbath. The band playing to their full pontential and Ozzy interacting with the crowd. From letting them sing every second line of War Pigs to spending 2 minutes getting the crowd to shout louder before he starts Iron Man, Ozzy brings out the real noise, life and wonder of Sabbath. This shows that Black Sabbath are a better live band than a studio band since the last two song kinda run away with themselves and drift into a world of true weirdness. All in all Reunion is a true tribute to the Sabb
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I don't own many "live" albums preferring "studio" recordings of my favourite bands and then attending their concerts..... But this "Reunion" album by Black Sabbath is brilliant from start to finish, the "sound" is great and captures the mood and the atmosphere of those 1997 Birmingham N.E.C shows perfectly.
All the Sabbath favourites are here, "War Pigs", "Snowblind",
"Children of the Grave", "Paranoid and "Black Sabbath"...but there are some great suprises too, check out "Behind the Wall of Sleep", "Spiral Architect","Into the Void" and "Dirty Women".
The famous "Sabbath sound" comes across so well on this album it is easy to see why they "influenced" so many of todays'Metal Bands.
"Ozzy" Ozbournes' voice is crisp and full of bite, and the Band play so well their "Legendary" status in Rock music is left shining and untainted....Buy it!! Listen to it in one session, and hear why they became arguably Englands' finest purveyors of "Metal"!!
If you only ever buy one "Live" Rock album for your collection this is the one to buy, capturing Rock as it should be heard,
"Loud & Proud, and in your Face!!"
REUNION - BLACK SABBATH comes highly recommended by a Musician and Music fanatic, Buy it now, no regrets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breathes new life into old classics
Must have for any sabbath fan - into the void and spiral architect really stand out
Published 1 month ago by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Reunion of the Original Sabbath
The 3rd Offical Live Album of Black Sabbath which is by the Original Incarnation of Sabbath. The 1st Live Album being 1983's "Live Evil" Featuring Ronnie J. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jordan119
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Bought this cd as a gauge for Black Sabbaths upcoming gig in my home city. Hope they can pull something off as good as this 1997 Reunion tour. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Philip
5.0 out of 5 stars awsome
Wanted a black sabbath live album for ages, this one is great each of the four are on top of there game and play the songs so well. really worth buying if your a black Sabbath fan.
Published 16 months ago by cameron
3.0 out of 5 stars Ozzy foul mouth?
A moment in history that everyone who is a Sabbath fan was waiting for, the reunion of the original lineup of the greatest band in history, fantastic. Read more
Published 18 months ago by snodger
5.0 out of 5 stars for Sabbath lovers a must
The definitive live Black Sabbath album. Ozzy's voice is not in its prime but it doesn't matter: if you like Sabbath it's a must. Read more
Published on 29 July 2011 by Scott S. Lichtenstein
3.0 out of 5 stars Long overdue,but falls short
I was one of the original Children of the Grave.Nobody was more pleased to see the original Sabbath back together. The playing on this album is quite flawless. Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2010 by Mr. Raedwulf Ingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific!
simply terrific! no more words to add, I suggest you only... buy it before it's too late!
Published on 1 Aug 2010 by Gualtiero
5.0 out of 5 stars black sabbath "reunion"
classic band , classic sound , classic album from the originators of heavy metal - you would not know they had split up !!
Published on 7 Jun 2009 by Mr. Andrew M. Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Ozzy Rules!!
This Is the Best Live album in HISTORY!!
Sabbath prove they are the greatest band on the planet, a Truly wonderful experience Turn this up loud and close your eyes you can... Read more
Published on 2 April 2006 by T. Care
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