Live Evil (40th Anniversary)
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Each of these WB CDs came in its own jewel case, complete with artwork, rather than a 2CD jewel case. I finally opened this up and found time to check it out and I’m honestly blown away by this 40th anniversary edition double LP. Iommi, in his drug-addled state, misunderstood what he was being told and came to the conclusion that Dio was not only mixing the album without him, but was trying to push his own vocals much too prominently in the mix.
Listen to ‘voodoo’ ‘children of the sea’ and ‘heaven and hell’ ,metal doesn’t get much heavier than that. I knew it would be better than the other two and put it on the stereo and was really pleased to hear (properly) Sabbath live.Tension, however, had been building for some time between the band members, with rock journalist Steffan Chirazi observing in 2008 that the story behind the creation of Live Evil is one of "quiet yet savagely visceral turmoil and a band collapsing under their weight of silence, unspoken accusation, and an unforgiving schedule. While waiting for their bandmates at the studio over a period of several days, Dio and Appice passed the time by listening to the recordings and frequently experimented with the mix by asking the engineer to adjust the levels of various parts.
Iommi also admits that the band had to cancel a show at Madison Square Garden when the bombs blew out the tubes in all the amps during the first note of the first song "War Pigs". A DVD released was talked about with studio overdubbing, but, sadly, it never happened due to quarrels within the band during this release and up to Dehumanizer. In his 2011 memoir, Iommi was considerably less harsh in his summation of Dio's behaviour, stating "By then Ronnie did come over a little more. I can now say I’ve heard everything on Live Evil including the Ozzy era songs because I heard them during the times I saw Black Sabbath between 1997 and 2013.
Dio's account attributed the breakup to a misunderstanding arising as the result of Iommi's drug abuse. The kids on the ocean does symbolize “Children of the Sea”, but they’re using a coffin as their boat – hence, “Children of the Grave”, too. The first was the 1980 release of the unsanctioned Live at Last album, and the second was former lead vocalist Ozzy Osbourne's 1982 release of a live album consisting entirely of Black Sabbath songs.