Black Sabbath – Reunion

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Reviewed: October 1998
Released: 1998, na
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Edited by EvilG

Well, “day of judgement God is calling!!!!” It’s finally here: the long awaited CD from the original Sabs entitled “REUNION.”

When I first heard that the original Sabbath line-up, Messer’s (or should I say Masters) Osbourne, Iommi, Butler, & Ward, were re-grouping for 2 shows last December in Birmingham, I could only dream of the experience of such a monstrosity. Thankfully, these shows are showcased on “Reunion” – 108 minutes of history in the making, including typical Sab standards Paranoid, War Pigs (w/great audience participation), & Children of the Grave. Also included is Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Dirty Women, & Spiral Architect. It’s packaged nicely in a 2-disc digi-pack (collector’s edition for freaks like me) w/a 28-page booklet done very nicely, containing pics and a band history by Phil Alexander (KERRANG editor). It also includes two great new tunes, “Psycho Man” and “Selling My Soul”, the first new material from this line-up since ’78’s “Never Say Die” (imagine…20 years ago). Oh, we can only hope for rumors of a future full length to be true!!!

One thing I do like about this CD that I MUST MENTION is that it still retains some rawness. Ozzy’s vocals seem untouched, off-key at times, which is how a live recording should be, and the crowd isn’t pushed right up in the mix (NOT FAKED). It’s good to see Sabbath back on track again, showing the new breed how it was done over 25 years ago…the way it should be done today.


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