NEMS 3205 "Live At Last"
no production credits
Released on June 1980
UK CHART POSITION #5
Find it at GEMM
NEMS 3205 cover  

B lack Sabbath fans had to wait a while for a live album of Sabbath material, and when it finally did arrive that joy was tempered by the fact that Live At Last was little more than a soundboard recording of some underinspired concerts in London and Manchester. NEMS distributed this in the UK only, with Warner Bros. apparently deciding against a US release (it’s since been released here). Although the selections are solid, and this is Sabbath with Ozzy (spelled here as Ossie) Osbourne at the head, the poorly miked drums, vocals, and muddy guitars turn what should have been a celebration of the band’s classic material into an historical footnote of trivial proportions. Osbourne goads the audience nearly half a dozen times with reminders that “we love you,” though he would have been better served by addressing himself to the stage engineers. The liner notes are nonexistent, and even the track listing omits a couple of songs on the second side. If one digs deep enough, they’ll come away with some small treasures: the indestructible “Sweet Leaf” and “Wicked World,” and a long, bluesy digression from Tony Iommi that changes the tone of the performance dramatically. Otherwise, this is bound to fall below expectations; surely a better live document (illegal or otherwise) must exist of this seminal band in some venue. Vinyl pressings purportedly have superior sound, which would explain the album’s high UK charting (#5). Even so, proceed with caution, as Live at Last sounds a lot more like Live at Least.

TRACK LISTING

  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

    All songs written by Tony Iommi/Geezer Butler/Bill Ward/Ozzy Osbourne

CREDITS

GEEZER BUTLER --
TONY IOMMI --
OZZY OSBORNE --
BILL WARD --
Shoot That Tiger! -- design

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK June 1980 NEMS LP/CS NEMS 3205  
UK 1982 NEMS LP BS 001  
UK/GER April 1996 Essential CD ESMCD 331 digital remaster

 

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