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“War Pigs” Live (Single) by Black Sabbath

Artist: Black Sabbath
Title: “War Pigs” Live (Single)
Label: Rhino Entertainment
Release Date: 11/10/2017
Genre: Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
Rating: 5/5

While we are still a little under seven days out to the release of “The End” by the time I get this single review online, the mighty and most legendary Black Sabbath has been enjoying their musical retirement since February of this year. The final show in Birmingham, England where they formed was the last time that they raised the horns together for the Metal Legions. So far, two other singles have been issued with “Paranoid” and “N.I.B.” and since I’ve briefly touched upon them, why not offer up some thoughts on the final single and very impacting Heavy Metal track “War Pigs”.
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“Basically”/”N.I.B.” Live (Single) by Black Sabbath

Artist: Black Sabbath
Title: “Basically/N.I.B.” Live (Single)
Label: Eagle Records
Release Date: 11/2/2017
Genre: Heavy Metal/Hard Rock
Rating:

I guess it was only a few short weeks ago that I tossed together some thoughts on the “Paranoid” live single that the legendary Black Sabbath delivered as a teaser taste from their upcoming live album “The End”. As you should know by now, the band has closed the book on their storied career and will deliver this to the fans as a parting gift in some fashion. With two weeks or so left before the album’s release, we get the second live single “Bassically”/”N.I.B.” and I am here to speak about it because why not. Here we go.
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“Paranoid” Live (Single) by Black Sabbath

Artist: Black Sabbath
Title: “Paranoid” Live – Single
Label: Eagle Records
Release Date: 10/12/1027
Genre: Heavy Metal/Hard Rock
Rating: 5/5

Unless you’ve been living under a rock these last few months, you know full well that the legendary Black Sabbath has called it a career with their “The End” tour that finished its run in their hometown of Birmingham, England back in February. A brand-new live album was recorded to commemorate the gig and while we still have about month to go before it’s release, they have delivered a single by the way of the mega-classic number “Paranoid”. I’ve decided to post some quick thoughts about the tune while we count down the days until the release of the full-length “The End” album. Here we go.
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The Legendary Black Sabbath Announces “The End Of The End” One Night Only Screenings

Though they’ve been in retirement since back in February, the mighty Black Sabbath continues to make news and this recent announcement will be appease all of the bands worldwide fans who could not manage to catch them during the final tour. Take a look at the press release below and know that I will return at the close.

The Press Release:
“The End of The End” chronicles the final tour from the band that spawned the metal genre–BLACK SABBATH. On February, 4 2017, BLACK SABBATH stormed the stage in e U.K. in their hometown of Birmingham, to play the 81st and final triumphant gig of “The End” tour. This monumental show brought down the curtain on a career that spanned almost half a century.

The sold-out performance marked the culmination of a global tour that saw the band play to over one and a half million fans. With their inception in 1968, BLACK SABBATH pioneered a sound that would form the basis of heavy metal, and to this day continues to influence bands the world over.

The film brings fans the up close and personal story of the final, emotionally charged concert, as the band perform hits including “Iron Man,” “Paranoid,” “War Pigs” and many more. BLACK SABBATH are also seen in the studio, as they deliver unique and exclusive performances of some of their favorite songs not played on the tour, and catch an intimate glimpse into the band’s world: the music, relationships and banter, alongside personal anecdotes.

The band said: “To bring it all back home after all these years was pretty special. It was so hard to say goodbye to the fans, who’ve been incredibly loyal to us through the years. We never dreamed in the early days that we’d be here 49 years later doing our last show on our home turf.”

“The End of The End” offers viewers the chance to witness BLACK SABBATH‘s swansong. As OZZY says, “What a journey we’ve all had. It’s fucking amazing.” This is the final word from the greatest heavy metal band of all time.


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“Alive In Seattle” [DVD] by Heart

Artist: Heart
Title: “Alive In Seattle”
Label: Eagle Vision
Release Date: 6/30/2017
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

Before I get too deeply into this one, this is actually a re-issue of a previously released concert video from 2003. It’s origins hail from the 2002 tour by Heart during their “Summer Of Love” touring run. To me, it’s always great when a band uses their tour closing night in a hometown venue to give the worldwide fans a commemorative concert video but since this is from fourteen years ago its also a bit of a live history lesson when it comes to the band. I never saw the original release and was not doing the journalistic overview thing yet, so this was a complete education for me. I found it interesting that despite my longtime love of so many of the Heart classics that I had only ever caught them in concert once and that was somewhere around 2008 unless I am mistaken. So, about the concert video; the film puts you right in the best seats possible and thanks to the camera angles you’re even right up on the stage with the band with the technicians standing in the sidelines.

Musically speaking the band sounds terrific and remember we are referring to the way, way back for this one. Truth be told, the friends who have seen them in recent times said they have not changed at all so that is a good thing to know at this point in time. The set list plays out like a Greatest Hits release of the band as they begin with the incendiary opener “Crazy On You” and follow it up with “Sister Wild Rose”. During “Straight On”, which is another favorite, Ann tells the crowd that this is the last night of the tour. During “These Dreams” it was nice to see guitarist Nancy doing the lead vocals as I had long forgotten that this was her first time doing so when the original album came out. That song was everywhere when it came to terrestrial radio of the day an its still great. When the band gets to “Alone” they decide to go acoustic for a little while and I didn’t like that personally since I am a fan of this track more than some others and I like its original version without much change. They keep it acoustic for the Elton John cover of “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” and once more Nancy takes the lead vocals while Ann offers up a solid backing. They follow this with their stellar rendition of Led Zeppelin’s “Battle Of Evermore” which is also acoustic and might bring some of their fans back to the time when they were doing a project called The Lovemongers. Kudos if you remember that one and even have the album. I know I still have my copy somewhere.
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