Past Lives (Black Sabbath album)

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Past Lives
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Released20 August 2002 (2002-08-20)
Recorded1970–1975
Genre Heavy metal
Length117:01
Label Sanctuary
Producer Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath live albums chronology
Reunion
(1998)
Past Lives
(2002)
Live at Hammersmith Odeon
(2007)
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Past Lives is a live album released in 2002 by Black Sabbath. It peaked at number 114 on the Billboard 200. [3] The first disc was previously known as Live at Last , an album not put out by Black Sabbath's record company, and therefore not an official Black Sabbath album. The second consists of recordings made for television and radio, previously only available on bootlegs. It was released as a digipak and later a standard jewel-case.

Black Sabbath British heavy metal band

Black Sabbath were an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, drummer Bill Ward, and singer Ozzy Osbourne. Black Sabbath are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970), and Master of Reality (1971). The band had multiple line-up changes, with Iommi being the only constant member throughout its history.

The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 in May 1967, and acquired its present title in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–72), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–84), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–85) and Billboard Top Pop Albums.

<i>Live at Last</i> (Black Sabbath album) 1980 live album by Black Sabbath

Live at Last is a 1980 live album by English heavy metal band Black Sabbath. Despite its wide distribution and success, the album was released without the permission or knowledge of the band, and is thus regarded in some quarters as an unofficial bootleg live album. The album was, however, released legally by the band's former manager Patrick Meehan who owned the rights to the recording. The album was re-released with the approval of the band on 27 September 2010.

Contents

Track listing

All songs written by Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward.

Ozzy Osbourne English heavy metal vocalist and songwriter

John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne is an English singer, songwriter, actor and reality television star who rose to prominence during the 1970s as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath, during which he adopted the nickname "The Prince of Darkness". Osbourne was fired from the band in 1979 due to alcohol and drug problems, but went on to have a successful solo career, releasing eleven studio albums, the first seven of which were all awarded multi-platinum certifications in the United States. Osbourne has since reunited with Black Sabbath on several occasions. He rejoined the band in 1997 and recorded the group’s final studio album 13 (2013) before they embarked on a farewell tour which culminated in a final performance in their home city Birmingham, England in February 2017. His longevity and success have earned him the informal title of "Godfather of Heavy Metal".

Tony Iommi British guitarist

Anthony Frank Iommi is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. He was lead guitarist and one of the four founder members of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He was the band's primary composer and sole continual member for nearly five decades.

Geezer Butler English musician, bassist and lyricist of Black Sabbath

Terence Michael Joseph "Geezer" Butler is an English musician and songwriter. Butler is best known as the bassist and primary lyricist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He has also recorded and performed with Heaven & Hell, GZR, and Ozzy Osbourne. He currently serves as bassist of Deadland Ritual.

Disc one

Tracks 1-5 were recorded at the Hardrock in Manchester, England on Mar 11, 1973. Tracks 6-9 were recorded at the Rainbow Theatre in London, England on Mar 16, 1973.

Rainbow Theatre former cinema and music venue in London, England, later used as a church

The Rainbow Theatre, originally known as the Astoria Theatre, is a Grade II*-listed building in Finsbury Park, London. The theatre was built in 1930 and was originally used as a cinema. It later became a music venue. Today, the building is used as a Pentecostal church.

  1. "Tomorrow's Dream" – 3:03
  2. "Sweet Leaf" – 5:26
  3. "Killing Yourself to Live" – 5:29
  4. "Cornucopia" – 3:57
  5. "Snowblind" – 4:46
  6. "Children of the Grave" – 4:33
  7. "War Pigs" – 7:36
  8. "Wicked World" – 18:55
  9. "Paranoid" – 3:14

Disc two

Tracks 1, 5-9 were recorded at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France on Dec 20, 1970. Tracks 2-4 were recorded at Asbury Park Convention Hall in Asbury Park, New Jersey on Aug 6, 1975.

Asbury Park Convention Hall

Asbury Park Convention Hall is a 3,600-seat indoor exhibition center located on the boardwalk and on the beach in Asbury Park, Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. It was built between 1928 and 1930 and is used for sports, concerts and other special events. Adjacent to the Convention Hall is the Paramount Theatre; both are connected by a Grand Arcade. Both structures are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Asbury Park, New Jersey City in Monmouth County, New Jersey, U.S.

Asbury Park is a city in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States, located on the Jersey Shore and part of the New York City Metropolitan Area.

  1. "Hand of Doom" – 8:25
  2. "Hole in the Sky" – 4:46
  3. "Symptom of the Universe" – 4:52
  4. "Megalomania" – 9:53
  5. "Iron Man" – 6:25
  6. "Black Sabbath" – 8:23
  7. "N.I.B." – 5:31
  8. "Behind the Wall of Sleep" – 5:03
  9. "Fairies Wear Boots" – 6:39

Personnel

Guitar fretted string instrument

The guitar is a fretted musical instrument that usually has six strings. It is typically played with both hands by strumming or plucking the strings with either a guitar pick or the finger(s)/fingernails of one hand, while simultaneously fretting with the fingers of the other hand. The sound of the vibrating strings is projected either acoustically, by means of the hollow chamber of the guitar, or through an electrical amplifier and a speaker.

Bill Ward (musician) English musician

William Thomas Ward is an English musician and visual artist, best known as the original drummer of the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He also performed lead vocals on two Black Sabbath songs: "It's Alright" from the album Technical Ecstasy and "Swinging the Chain" from the album Never Say Die!.

Drum kit collection of drums and other percussion instruments

A drum kit — also called a drum set, trap set, or simply drums — is a collection of drums and other percussion instruments, typically cymbals, which are set up on stands to be played by a single player, with drumsticks held in both hands, and the feet operating pedals that control the hi-hat cymbal and the beater for the bass drum. A drum kit consists of a mix of drums and idiophones – most significantly cymbals, but can also include the woodblock and cowbell. In the 2000s, some kits also include electronic instruments. Also, both hybrid and entirely electronic kits are used.

Liner notes for the 2002 CD booklet were written by Bruce Pilato. Liner notes for the 2010 Deluxe Collector's Edition CD booklet were written by Alex Milas.

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References

  1. Allmusic review
  2. Rolling Stone review
  3. "Billboard album chart history-Black Sabbath" . Retrieved 2009-02-15.