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on 9 September 2002
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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