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Classic DVD Review: Black Sabbath | Never Say Die

This 1978 live set isn't prime Sabbath, but it sure beats watching The Osbournes.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


As far as I’m concerned, the only lingering benefits from The Osbournes are spinoff releases like this.

Never Say Die unearths an hour-long Black Sabbath gig from their 1978 Never Say Die! tour, when the band were ironically on the verge of implosion. And no wonder — egomaniacal guitarist Tony Iommi makes Ozzy sing from stage left for the entirety of the hour-long set. Still, the Oz rises to the occasion, screeching through Symptom Of The Universe, War Pigs, Snow Blind, Black Sabbath and more — including the mandatory set-closer Paranoid — while the band cook behind him. It may not be prime Sabbath, but it sure beats watching Ozzy shuffle about his mansion mumbling about dog turds.

 

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