Reunion (Black Sabbath album)

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Reunion
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Live album by
Released20 October 1998
Recorded Birmingham NEC, 4–5 December 1997
A&M Studios, Hollywood, California, April–May 1998 (studio tracks)
Genre Heavy metal
Length107:36
Label Epic
Producer Thom Panunzio (live tracks), Bob Marlette (studio tracks)
Black Sabbath live albums chronology
Cross Purposes Live
(1995)
Reunion
(1998)
Past Lives
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Reunion is a live album by heavy metal band Black Sabbath. It features the original line-up of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward: the four musicians' first recording together since the firing of Osbourne in 1979.

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

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, drummer Bill Ward, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler 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.

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 helped record 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".

Contents

Background

Osbourne, Iommi, Butler and Ward reunited for Live Aid in 1985 and for the climax of Ozzy's No More Tours Tour in 1992 [4] , but neither had resulted in an album or tour. An attempt at a reunion in 1993 proved abortive – and, when Osbourne, Iommi and Butler reunited as Sabbath for the 1997 Ozzfest, Ward was replaced by Faith No More's Mike Bordin.

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The No More Tours Tour was a tour by British heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne.

Over the years, a variety of bands have made up the yearly lineups of Ozzfest, a yearly heavy metal music festival that usually tours the United States in summer.

Concern about Ward's health meant former Sabbath drummer Vinny Appice was on standby for two homecoming shows at the Birmingham NEC on December 4 and 5, 1997. "We hadn't done a show with Bill for 18 years," remarked Iommi. In fact, Ward made it through both shows – albeit not without incident. "Bill hit a gong and it fell on him," Iommi reported. "I creased up. His arm was black and blue in the morning, because those things weigh a ton. When it hit him and fell onto the kit, it sounded like someone was throwing pots and pans around. We were waiting for something like that to happen." [5]

Vinny Appice American musician

Vincent Samson Appice is an American rock drummer best known for his work with the bands Dio, Black Sabbath, and Heaven & Hell. Of Italian descent, he is the younger brother of drummer Carmine Appice.

National Exhibition Centre exhibition and conference centre in Solihull near Birmingham, England

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The Heaven & Hell Tour was the ninth world concert tour by Black Sabbath between April 1980 and February 1981 to promote their 1980 studio album, Heaven and Hell. The tour marked the band's first live shows with vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who replaced original vocalist Ozzy Osbourne the previous year; drummer Vinny Appice, who replaced original drummer Bill Ward in the middle of the tour's North American leg after Ward suddenly left the band due to personal issues; and keyboardist Geoff Nicholls, who played keyboards on the Heaven and Hell album and accompanied the band on this tour as a sideman. For a portion of the North American tour, which was popularly known as the "Black and Blue Tour", Black Sabbath co-headlined with Blue Öyster Cult, with whom they shared a manager, Sandy Pearlman. The arrangement reportedly set attendance records but caused friction between the two bands as well as between Black Sabbath and Pearlman.

Along with live versions of classics such as "Paranoid", "N.I.B.", "Black Sabbath" and "Iron Man", the double album features two new studio tracks: "Selling My Soul" and "Psycho Man". The two new tracks on Reunion were also released on a single CD in the USA.

Paranoid (Black Sabbath song) song by Black Sabbath

"Paranoid" is a song by the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, featured on their second album Paranoid (1970). It is the first single from the album, while the B-side is the song "The Wizard". It reached number 4 on the UK Singles Chart and number 61 on the Billboard Hot 100.

"N.I.B." is a song released by British rock band Black Sabbath. It first appeared as the fourth track on the band's 1970 debut album, Black Sabbath. The lyrics are in the first person from the point of view of Lucifer. Lyricist Geezer Butler has said that "the song was about the devil falling in love and totally changing, becoming a good person."

"Black Sabbath" is a song by the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, written in 1969 and released on their self titled debut album. In 1970, it was released as a four-track 12-inch single, with "The Wizard" also on the A-side and "Evil Woman" and "Sleeping Village" on B-side, on the Philips Records label Vertigo.

Sabbath received their first Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance, for the live recording of "Iron Man" from this album [6] in 2000. They won the same award 14 years later, for "God Is Dead?"

The Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance is an award presented at the Grammy Awards to recording artists for works containing quality performances in the heavy metal music genre. The Grammy Awards is an annual ceremony, where honors in several categories are presented by The Recording Academy of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position". The ceremony was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards.

Iron Man (song) song by Black Sabbath

"Iron Man" is a song written and performed by the English heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released on their 1970 album Paranoid. The lyrics tell the story of a man who time travels into the future and sees the apocalypse. In the process of returning to the present, he is turned into steel by a magnetic storm. He is rendered mute, unable verbally to warn people of his vision of impending destruction. His attempts to communicate are ignored and mocked. This causes Iron Man to become furious, and drives his revenge on mankind, causing the apocalypse seen in his vision.

Track listing

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

Tony Iommi British guitarist

Anthony Frank Iommi is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. He was lead guitarist and one of the four founding 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.

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!.

Disc one

  1. "War Pigs" – 8:28
  2. "Behind the Wall of Sleep" – 4:07
  3. "N.I.B." – 6:45
  4. "Fairies Wear Boots" – 6:19
  5. "Electric Funeral" – 5:02
  6. "Sweet Leaf" – 5:07
  7. "Spiral Architect" – 5:40
  8. "Into the Void" – 6:32
  9. "Snowblind" – 6:08

Disc two

  1. "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" – 4:36
  2. "Orchid/Lord of This World" – 7:07
  3. "Dirty Women" – 6:29
  4. "Black Sabbath" – 7:29
  5. "Iron Man" – 8:21
  6. "Children of the Grave" – 6:30
  7. "Paranoid" – 4:28
  8. "Psycho Man" (Osbourne, Iommi) – 5:18
  9. "Selling My Soul" (Osbourne, Iommi) – 3:10

Personnel

Band members
* In the credits for the two studio recordings, Bill Ward is only credited for drums on "Psycho Man." "Selling My Soul" features a drum machine. [7]
Additional Personal
Production

Charts

Album Billboard (North America)

YearChartPosition
1998The Billboard 20011 [8]
Top Canadian Albums5 [8]

SinglesBillboard (North America) [9]

YearSingleChartPosition
1998"Psycho Man" Mainstream Rock Tracks 3
1999"Selling My Soul"Mainstream Rock Tracks17

Sales Accomplishments

See also

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