Saturday, May 12, 2007

CD Review: "Live at Hammersmith Odeon" by Black Sabbath (2007)

Here's a limited edition live set that has been released by Rhino Records which captures the best of a series of late 1982/early 1983 shows in London by the "Heaven and Hell" lineup of Dio, Iommi, Butler and Appice. What strikes me most here is both the power and improvisation of Appice's stickwork, while Dio ably fills in for original lead singer Ozzy on tracks like "Iron Man" and "N.I.B", but I'm a bigger fan than most. It's worth searching this one out if you are as well, but if you're not, just stick with "Black Sabbath: The Dio Years" for the necessities.

Overall rating: 7/10


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