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VINE VOICEon 5 November 2007
Why this band isn't called BLACK SABBATH completely escapes me. I suppose people will say it's to avoid people buying concert tickets and turning up to see OZZY with his old band - but is anyone really that stupid? Dio, Iommi, Butler, Appice is not THE classic Sabbath line-up, but it certainly is A classic Sabbath line-up. This band was together back in 1980, touring the classic album 'Heaven and Hell' and their announcement of a worldwide reunion tour this year sparked great excitement in the world of rock and metal.

Recorded early on in the tour, 'Live at Radio City Music Hall' does exactly what is says on the tin! This is a full HEAVEN & HELL, sold out show from the legendary venue in downtown Manhattan, New York, captured on DVD and double CD. For Dio-era Sabbath fans, this release is an absolutely essential purchase. The video editing is excellent, with just the right amount of cuts and angles. As for the sound, it's also superb, thus making the CD worthwhile to enjoy the concert experience on the move.

As you'd expect, the setlist is made up of purely Dio-era Sabbath - with the best songs from 'Heaven and Hell', 'Mob Rules' and 'Dehumanizer' (although where's 'Time Machine'?). There's also the 3 brand new songs from the new 'Dio Years' collection, released in the summer. There are only two moments in the show where you can go and make a cuppa. There's the obligatory drum solo (zzzzzzzzz) and then the 45 minute version of 'Heaven and Hell' - OK, I'm exaggerrating, but the live version of the song doesn't half drag on!

As for the band's performance, Ronnie James Dio's voice is starting to show it's age, but he does sound better here than on his last live release, 2005's 'Holy Diver Live' (as DIO). Tony Iommi's plastic tipped fingers are still going strong, as he churns out his masterful riffs and terrific, blues influenced solos. As for Geezer Butler and Vinnie Appice, well, it would be harder to find a more reliable rhythm section.

In terms of DVD extras, there's plenty, including lots of interesting band interviews and a good insight behind the scenes of a HEAVEN & HELL show. Certainly, well worth a watch. Overall, this is a great package and fantastic document of a very important piece of BLACK SABBATH history. If this doesn't wet your appetite for the UK tour in November, then nothing will!
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on 31 August 2007
Friday now - got this show on Tuesday evening. Played it non stop since then. It;s absolutely brilliant. Just short of 2 hours of non stop heavy rock. I was never a Tony Iommi in the 70s but my God he's so damn good. I also used to think Ossie was the only singer for Black Sabbath - how wrong was I. Stand outs - very hard cos its so consistently good. But a reworked "Heaven and Hell" is inspired. Any downers - OK the 3 or minute drum solo on dsc 1 is unnecessary and the long fade out of audience sounds is a bit indulgent. But what the hell its just a joy to listen to.
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on 18 March 2013
Heaven and Hell or Black Sabbath incarnate instrumentally are great during this live concert but i would say not quite as good as the Live in Europe Album.
The Truth let it be known here is that the tracks on the Devil You Know Album are first class but this is where so tragically the Band come to a shuddering halt with no one knowing in the band
that Ronnie James Dio was suffering from stomach cancer and the vocal performance reminds me of what we all know now but didn't know then.
I hate seeing or hearing great singers or rock vocalists sounding out of there range and struggling whereas the rest of the band are on top form but this most definitely was not Ronnie's Fault.
I was looking forward to some more albums by Heaven and Hell(Black Sabbath) with Ronnie Dio in good health and feel a sadness that this legendary Rock Vocalist should be cut down in his prime.
I will give this album 5 stars for the genius and bravery of Heavy Rock Legend Ronnie James Dio !!!!
A Sad Epitaph for a Great Band!!!!
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on 4 September 2007
AT LAST!!! a great dio era sabbath live album. always preferd this version of the band, gr8 songs and an incredible live performance. a must have for sabbath fans and a great introduction for people unfamiliar with the dio era. Dio's voice is incredible and tony's guitaring is spellbinding, especialy on the start of 'die young'. GET THIS ALBUM!
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VINE VOICEon 15 September 2007
I suppose with all the broohaha and hoopla surrounding the Dio era Black Sabbath reunion, that a live album had the word inevitable written all over it. Of course we've already got one of these - "Live Evil" - but for some strange reason everyone slags it off, which is odd, as it's rather good. But commercial needs must, so the recording trucks were sent into the Radio City Music Hall to record the stunningly entitled "Live From Radio City Music Hall".

The spooky 'E5150' gets the crowd going mental before Sabbath, sorry H&H launch into 'After All (The Dead)', something that will have had many of the crowd shaking their heads in finest WTF fashion. A bit cheeky of the Sabs to start things off with a track from "Dehumaniser", an album that nobody, repeat nobody bought. But, hey, at least it isn't 'Computer God'. Oh, bugger, there it is. But fortunately, they resurrect 'I', one of the freat lost Sabbath classics.

Then, we start to find a reason for this reunion to exist - 'The Mob Rules' and 'Children Of The Sea'. Bam! You see, what people tend to forget is that Ozzy era Sabbath were pretty rubbish post 1971. But the "Heaven And Hell" and "Mob Rules" albums are stone cold classics, required listening for everyone who claims to love the rawk.

Appice, Butler and Iommi are in storming form, and even though Dio has become a tad gruffer over the years, he still holds court as only a master of metal can. They mix it up with a couple of the new tracks they recorded for the best of album, but it's the magic they created over quarter of a century ago that is recreated to best effect. 'The Sign Of The Southern Cross', 'Voodoo' and 'Lonely Is The Word' are peerless example of the Sabs at their finest.

Should you own this? Of course you should. And you'd better make sure you don't miss their UK shows either. It'll be your last chance this lifetime.
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on 31 July 2014
Great live album, love RJD voice. Pure magic
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on 18 March 2008
I have to be honest here and say that I was raised on Osbourne's Sabbath and the reviewer who says they were rubbish after 1971 wants his head testing. I like Heaven and Hell, that is to say the 1980 album, the first to feature RJD. I love RJD, he is one of the finest rock singers ever to grace a stage. Sadly, I don't like this.. I wanted too. I thought it was going to be superb, fresh reworkings of some classic songs, but Dio sounds tired, like he'd rather be somewhere else. The production is no better than the illfated Live Evil. The "epic" signature song, Heaven and Hell just goes on forever and you can't wait for it to end, Iommi doesn't even attempt one of the solos which was disappointing. Everything about Heaven and Hell or even Ozzy Osbourne for that matter stinks of past it rock stars going through the motions. Give it up guys, you've had your pay day.
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