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4.0 out of 5 stars everybody's old,nothing's new,i'm lovin it,how about you?, 11 Jun. 2013
This review is from: 13 (Audio CD)
This album references the original Ozzy era all over the place,'End of the Beginning' immediately takes you back to 'Black Sabbath' whilst Iommi's solo reminds me of 'Dirty Women' from Technical Ecstacy','The Loner' has the presence of 'Johnny Blade' hanging over it,while 'Zeitgeist' clearly had 'Planet Caravan' in mind,so it goes on ...

You know what,who cares,its their legacy,they played it safe and have come up with a wonderful album,its too soon to hail it alongside the classics,only time will tell how its eventually graded,production is excellent,Iommi's riffs visceral,just as you would expect,Butler's doom laden Bass,growling in the background,while ,new boy Brad Wilk,does a sterling job,in truth you dont notice that Bill Wards not there,of course Ozzy does what Ozzy does,anyone expecting an imperious vocal delivery hasnt been listening for the last 40 odd years,that been said,i think its his best studio performance since the BLIZZARD OF OZZ days.

The 2 disc version is the one to go for,annoying as it is,it could all have easily sat one disc,of the bonus tracks 'Methademic' is superb,should have been on disc 1,a great album 4 stars easily.
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Initial post: 22 Jun 2013 09:39:57 BDT
G. Young says:
Excellent review Mr. Blackwell, maybe even your finest.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jun 2013 11:11:59 BDT
Mr Blackwell says:
thank you,the cheque's in the post!

Its a simple message,i feel,in my opinion,this is a great album,time will tell how its rated in the grand scheme of things.

I trust the Rush gig was all you wanted it to be.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jun 2013 12:55:27 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Jun 2013 13:08:51 BDT
G. Young says:
Credit where it's due sir, it is a very enjoyable review!

Yes, I think it is a fantastic album, I was pleasantly surprised at just how good it is.

Yes, the Rush concert was pretty much all I wanted it to be, I sneaked into a seat 7 rows from the front of the stage on Geddy's side after 4 songs, as two giants (oh but of course!) came and stood right in front of me, I'd paid a small fortune for my ticket (12 rows from the front) so there was no way I was staying in that seat! They played some fantastic tracks; Subdivisions, The Big Money, Force Ten, Grand Designs, The Analog Kid (a highlight!) and the material from Clockwork Angels was amazing. There was an extended guitar intro on Halo Effect (another highlight) and The Garden was stunning. Plus we were treated to a very cool version of Where's My Thing? with a nice little bass and drum solo. The strings worked well on the CA material but I found it a little distracting on the older songs and not really necessary (just my opinion of course). They could do with dropping some tracks though, as they are seriously overplayed now; Limelight, YYZ, Red Sector A, The Spirit of Radio and Tom Sawyer. Still a fantastic live band though, amazing light show and for once at the SECC, the sound quality was superb.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jun 2013 14:38:10 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Jun 2013 14:38:41 BDT
Mr Blackwell says:
yes i was sure it would be a great gig,set list wasnt to my taste(first set) but i was still disapointed i couldnt make it.

I love the Clockwork Angels disc,so it would have been a blast seeing them performed live.

I certainly agree that a major freshen up of the set list would be great,although as i would love a multitude of 70's tracks,not sure if Geddy could handle it.

Shame about the giants ,though,probably my fault,as i wasnt there(they usually sit/stand in front of me,ha ha,so they obviously sought you out, well done finding another 'untaken spot'

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jun 2013 16:53:18 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Jun 2013 20:00:35 BDT
G. Young says:
Pure luck finding the 'untaken spot' Mr. Blackwell, pure luck. I would love to hear them play more of a mix but they will never please everyone, set one was near perfect for me. I would love to hear Xanadu, Beneath, Between & Behind and Jacob's Ladder again. If they were to play an album in its entirety again I would love to hear Signals, that one would work really well as a complete live piece. The Pass was another standout moment for me, I swear Geddy was looking right at me during that one but my perception may have been 'altered' after consuming several pints of Murphy's and one or two large Jack Daniels!

The Wreckers and Clockwork Angels also stood out, far superior live than the studio versions.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2013 10:13:13 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 Jun 2013 10:13:44 BDT
Mr Blackwell says:
Sounds like it was great gig,glad you enjoyed it,hopefully next time i'll be there.

Regards playing a complete album Signals is a good choice,i could enjoy that,i would love Fly By Night in its entirety,note sure if Geddy would .

Given that next year is the 40th anniversary of the first album,maybe an anniversary set list with a track or two from each disc,ha ha,that would be cool.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2013 19:38:06 BDT
G. Young says:
Yes! Tracks from the entire back catalogue or at least a broad span of tracks. Fly By Night is definately another album that would work well in a live enviroment. Rivendell would be beautiful.........

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2013 11:45:58 BDT
Nick Green says:
Wow, really? Amazon isn't exactly going to net you any awards, maybe except for an ego boost.
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