Live at Last

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Nom du groupe Black Sabbath
Nom de l'album Live at Last
Type Live
Date de parution Juin 1980
Style MusicalHeavy Metal
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1. Tomorrow's Dream
2. Sweet Leaf
3. Killing Yourself to Live
4. Cornucopia
5. Snowblind
6. Children of the Grave
7. War Pigs
8. Wicked World
9. Paranoid

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Commentaire @ vikingman369

13 Septembre 2011

Technical Ecstasy could not be any worse

Live at Last is the famous unauthorized Black Sabbath live album from the 'old days' of the band. I've got to say, however, that it is perhaps the weakest of all Sabbath material I've ever listened to: and this coming from a die-hard fan of both Sabbath and Heaven and Hell. Perhaps its out of fear that, because he's tuned his guitar so freaking low, Tony will bend the strings out of place, but he just plays like he doesn't care.

"Sweet Leaf" is perhaps the lowest point on this album. It's a fine song, to be sure, but its so damn slow, it makes me question Tony Iommi's capabilities as a guitarist. It's hideously slow pace conjures up images of Ozzy up on stage, waving his arms about to the riff in a very Ozzy kind of way, not exactly the best image.

Every single track on this album has been down-tuned to C#. Now in the case of the songs from Master of Reality onward, that isn't much different than how it is on the CD. That can be excused. But there is no excuse for how terrible "Paranoid" and "War Pigs" sound in this tuning. It makes me think that maybe one of the reasons people rip on Ozzy's singing in Sabbath is that he had to sing in key with a guitarist too afraid to tune his guitar even a half step up. Seriously, D is much better for all of these songs, and maybe Ozzy's voice would get a work-out and sound a little better.

There is, however, one high point on this album. The track "Wicked World", aside from sounding hideous in C# tuning, is actually an eighteen minute jam. Bits from "Into the Void" and "Supernaut" are thrown into the mix, along with minutes upon minutes of Tony Iommi just shredding. Now that's something to remark about, especially coming from a guitarist with two prosthetic fingers.

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StephDS - 14 Septembre 2011: Sweet Leaf is so slow that Chris Barnes' cover of it is actually perfect, the song fits SFU's genre much better.
ZazPanzer - 14 Septembre 2011: Yeah, I totally agree with this review. Paranoid is so lame tuned in C#. I was shocked when I heard the album for the fisrt time and I had not listened to it more than 3 ou 4 times ever since. But I think it's not Tony's will to tune down but the consequence of Ozzy' not being able to sing as high as he could a few years before. But C#, man... Anyway you're right as well on the fact that it seems they all play like nobody gives a s***. God forgive them ;-) And what about the artwork ?? Whose idea was it ?
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