Reunion (Black Sabbath album)

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Released20 October 1998
Recorded Birmingham NEC, 4–5 December 1997
A&M Studios, Hollywood, California, April–May 1998 (studio tracks)
Genre Heavy metal
Label Epic
Producer Thom Panunzio (live tracks), Bob Marlette (studio tracks)
Black Sabbath live albums chronology
Cross Purposes Live
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Professional ratings
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AllMusic [1]
Entertainment Weekly (B+) [2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide [3]

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.



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.

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]

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.

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 13 years later, for "God Is Dead?".

Track listing

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

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


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


Album Billboard (North America)

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

SinglesBillboard (North America) [9]

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

Sales Accomplishments

See also


  1. Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Black Sabbath Reunion review". AllMusic . Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  2. Farber, Jim (27 November 1998). "Black Sabbath Reunion review". Entertainment Weekly . Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  3. "Black Sabbath: Album Guide". Rolling Stone . Retrieved 5 June 2012.
  5. Elliott, Paul (February 1998). "Paranoid? Who's asking?". Q #137. p. 27.
  6. "Reunion Grammy Awards". Allmusic . Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  7. "Black Sabbath Online: Reunion". Archived from the original on 14 March 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  8. 1 2 "Reunion Billboard Albums". AllMusic . Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  9. "Reunion Billboard Singles". AllMusic . Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  10. "RIAA Gold & Platinum database" . Retrieved 22 February 2009.
  11. "CRIA certified awards" . Retrieved 8 February 2009.