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Vintage Black Sabbath concert recordings will be released next month on the Sanctuary album "Past Lives." Due Aug. 20, the two-disc set consists of live material recorded by the band's original lineup around 1975, prior to release of its classic "Sabotage" album.
Released after frontman Ozzy Osbourne's exit to pursue a solo career, the nine tracks that make up disc one were briefly issued in the U.K. in 1980 by NEMS, the band's former label, under the title "Live at Last." Including such classics as "Sweet Leaf" and "Paranoid," the album sold well in its initial weeks, but shoddy packaging (including sketchy liner notes in which Osbourne's name was misspelled) reportedly angered the band, which forced its withdrawal from the marketplace.
For "Past Lives," Sanctuary, in association with Divine Recordings, has remastered the original tracks, put together proper packaging and liner notes, and added a second disc with an additional nine tracks captured during the same era. That bonus disc includes then-previews of "Sabotage" material such as "Hole in the Sky," "Symptom of the Universe," and "Megalomania," along with such Sabbath classics as "Iron Man" and "N.I.B."
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.