Black Sabbath Live Again On Concert LP

Singer Osbourne leads reunited heavy-metal band on live double-disc collection of classic and new tracks.

Some artists crave the chance to do a live album, to capture their act at its best

onstage, and perhaps to emulate the massive sales success of some of the

biggest live LPs in history, such as Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes

Alive! or Cheap Trick's Live at Budokan.

Not Ozzy Osbourne.

In fact, as trailblazing heavy-metal rockers Black Sabbath ready for the Oct. 20

release of their own live double-disc, Reunion, Osbourne -- the band's

once-and-current lead singer -- explained that he doesn't even like live


"I'm not a live-album buff," said Osbourne, 49. "I don't buy them. I don't see the

point. But it's not my album. It's a Black Sabbath album. I just sing on the f-----g


Yet Osbourne -- who has spent part of the summer performing throughout

America with his Ozzfest hard-rock tour -- has a measure of pride in his work.

"Most live albums are recorded, and the only thing live is the audience," he said.

"We kept the mistakes and everything. It really sounds good."

Even if the Ozz-man hasn't worked himself into a righteous dither, fans such as

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian acknowledge Black Sabbath's impact on rock music

and plan to get their hands on a copy of the concert album.

"Even to this day [Black Sabbath is an influence]," Ian said. "We were in the

studio, working on the song 'Stealing From A Thief.' We got to the breakdown

while we were writing that song, and we were stuck for where we were going to

go next. And I was like, 'What would Sabbath do?' And we came up with that

next part. If you're in a heavy-metal band and Sabbath wasn't influential,

something's wrong."

Taken from a reunion show last Dec. 5 in Black Sabbath's hometown of

Birmingham, England, the first official live recording of the Osbourne-fronted

incarnation of the band features the original group members: Osbourne, bassist

Terry "Geezer" Butler, guitarist Tony Iommi and drummer Bill Ward. The

foursome first gained acclaim in the early '70s on the strength of sludgy,

sometimes dark, metal hits such as "Paranoid" and "Iron Man."

They fragmented into various other incarnations after Osbourne's 1979

departure from the band.

In the wake of the band's reunion gig in England, Black Sabbath plan to tour the

States in the fall in support of their live LP. Included among the 18 tracks on the

double album are Sabbath favorites such as "War Pigs,"


(RealAudio excerpt) and "Iron Man," as well as a pair of new tracks,

"Psycho Man" and "Selling Your Soul."

"We wrote them while we were mixing the live album," Osbourne said. "We

recorded them in a short space of time. Everybody that hears them freaks out.

It's Black Sabbath. It sounds kind-of like where we left off."

Even though fall tour dates are not confirmed at this time, Osbourne expressed

his pleasure at once again pounding out the trademark Black Sabbath sound

with his old partners. "It's good fun after all this time. It's good to be, if nothing

else, friendly with those guys."

The complete track listing for the double-length album is:

Disc One -- "War Pigs," "Behind the Wall of Sleep," "N.I.B.," "Fairies Wear

Boots," "Electric Funeral," "Sweet Leaf," "Spiral Architect," "Into the Void" and

"Snow Blind."

Disc Two -- "Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath," "Orchids/Lord of the World," "Dirty

Women," "Black Sabbath," "Iron Man," "Children of the Grave," "Paranoid,"

"Psycho Man" and "Selling Your Soul."