The ex-Smith proves his greatness on a spiky live album
...Take Black Sabbath, a group who always realised that subtlety, aesthetics and taste were virtues that would land them in the poor house....
Some bands demand our indulgence, however. Take Black Sabbath, a group who always realised that subtlety, aesthetics and taste were virtues that would land them in the poor house. Decades on they play those hits loud and hard enough to blot out all the painful memories of decimalisation, the energy crisis and the death of fringed suede jackets and flares.
From the lead-like intro to 'War Pigs', Sabbath sound as rancid as they ever did; the sheet metal guitar of Tony Iommi is as distinctive as the trying-to-shit-a-porcupine whine of Ozzy. He always had a bad moustache, so the years haven't changed him.
It's greatest hits here mostly, exactly as they are on the albums except with clapping and cheering in-between. Which is exactly what you want from a Sabbath live album.
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