Black Sabbath: The Marriage of Heaven & Hell. Sophiensale, Vienna, Austria. 24.04.80
This is the first concert of the Heaven and Hell tour and the first concert featuring Ronnie James Dio fronting Black Sabbath, for me the sound is poor and more worth for the historical point of view than the sound of itself.
"This is the earliest known live recording of the new Sabbath lineup, featuring Ronnie James Dio on lead vocals and Geoff Nicholls on keyboards. It’s a good, but a bit distant sounding audience recording that is fairly rough around the edges. Recorded a good distance from the P.A., there is a good bit of reverb + some slight to moderate distortion in the sound. Flawed as it may be, the Vienna '80 tape allows us to hear the opening night of the HEAVEN AND HELL tour, warts and all! If you've already listened to many of the later shows from this tour, you'll be amazed at how much the band evolved from this 1st night to some of those amazing tour end performances (such as London '81 and Nagoya '80).
Ronnie is still adjusting to the Ozzy era material and Nicholls’ keyboards sound much more prominent in the mix than Woodroffe’s were back in the 70’s. They are surprisingly high in the mix during "War Pigs", the opening number. At 1:27, Ronnie flubs a line in "War Pigs", singing "ashes where the bodies burning" instead of "as the war machine keeps turning". But heck, this was his first official gig with the band and all! Being that this was the first show of the tour, it was also the live debut for the HEAVEN AND HELL album tracks, including “Neon Knights”, “Children Of The Sea”, “Lonely Is The Word”, “Heaven And Hell” and “Die Young”. “Lady Evil” wasn’t trotted out until October (Detroit 10/5/80) and the remaining songs (“Walk Away” and “Wishing Well”) were apparently never performed live. “Sweet Leaf” returns to the set list for the first time since November 1974. Ronnie delivers this old classic with the fervor of a gospel singer, which is sharp contrast to Ozzy’s easy sing-a-long style. I suppose this is really a matter of personal taste, but the Dio era rendition of “Sweet Leaf” never did much for me. I dare say that hearing Ronnie sing it is almost humorous, both because of the style he uses and the lyrics he has to sing. A paean to marijuana just doesn’t seem like the sort of thing that Ronnie would fancy singing every night. Regardless, the song remained in the set list through the very end of the HEAVEN AND HELL world tour. It was used as the showcase for the drum solo, after which the band would reprise the song once more."
Audience Recording, Quality -7
CHILDREN OF THE SEA
BILL WARD SOLO
SWEET LEAF (REPRISE)
LONELY IS THE WORD
HEAVEN AND HELL
TONY IOMMI SOLO
CHILDREN OF THE GRAVE
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