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Live Evil (Black Sabbath)
     

Live Evil (Black Sabbath)

 
Black Sabbath's first attempt at an official live album was the straw that broke the camel's back; or rather, it split the band's second lineup right down the middle. Band tensions were already at an all-time high, but when founding members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler accused singer Ronnie James Dio of sneaking into the studio to raise the volume on his vocals, the

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Black Sabbath's first attempt at an official live album was the straw that broke the camel's back; or rather, it split the band's second lineup right down the middle. Band tensions were already at an all-time high, but when founding members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler accused singer Ronnie James Dio of sneaking into the studio to raise the volume on his vocals, the pint-sized warbler decided it was time to pursue a solo career, taking drummer Vinny Appice with him. Accusations aside, 1982's Live Evil benefits from a clear, "in your face" sound, and despite relying heavily on Dio-era material, the album effectively documents Black Sabbath's tours in the early '80s. Dio certainly has the vocal chops (if not the same innocent charm) to handle the Ozzy Osbourne classics, but his incessant banter between (and during) songs verges on unbearable. In fact, the album's only truly electrifying moments arrive with "E5150" introducing a vicious version of "Neon Knights," and the extended "Heaven and Hell"/"Sign of the Southern Cross" suite. [In 1996 Essential released a single-disc edition with all the original tracks intact.]

Product Details

Release Date:
02/06/2002
Label:
Imports
UPC:
5050749207425
catalogNumber:
240222
Rank:
12552

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