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Live Evil (Digital Remastered) Import

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  • Audio CD (7 Mar. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: VICTOR
  • ASIN: B00005HUKT
  • 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: 1,800,480 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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The production on this is pretty terrible, but considering the circumstances it isn't surprising. The performances may be all right, but it's difficult to tell when they're covered up by all this sludge. There were four concerts, one in Dallas, one in San Antonio and two in Seattle, all during the spring of 1982. After the tapes were made, the band retired to the studio with various other personnel with an eye toward mixing the album. The actual circumstances are not NEARLY as sinister as we have all been led to believe. You know how folks really love to blow things way out of proportion and make things seem much worse than they really are; I'm never sure why, possibly because it's fun to get a big reaction when being the bearer of really bad/interesting news. Anyway, you know the type. Apparently, Dio and Appice were supposed to show up at 2:00 in the afternoon and they did so. Iommi and Geezer apparently thought the time had been agreed upon as being some hours later. The fact that the two 'camps' weren't speaking at the time did not help matters and made sure this issue did not get resolved. When Iommi and Butler didn't show, what could Dio and Appice do but go to work? Then after working and waiting for the other two, they left. Some time later, Iommi and Butler would show up and when Dio and Appice didn't show (having already been there that day) they quit waiting and got to work. Therefore it appeared they were intentionally working at (pardon the pun) 'cross purposes'. Which was not the case. It was a simple matter of miscommunication compounded by the fact that they were not speaking to each other. Finally, Iommi and Butler got sick of what appeared to be going on and gave pink slips to Dio and Appice and that was that.Read more ›
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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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This album is the best ever Sabbath Live but in this edition there is nothing different with original album there is no bonus track or anything else but it's still the best .
booklet is excellent . nice price .
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