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NJ, Aug 5, 1975 [no label 2CD]
best live recording of Black Sabbath from their glory days emerged on
the internet only in 2001. It was a stereo soundboard recording that was
made for broadcast on the popular 70s radio show, The King Biscuit
Flower Hour. Recorded in August 1975 at the start of the Sabotage tour,
the band was Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward. The
original and best version of Black Sabbath.
Asbury Park was a
triumph in many ways. Black Sabbath was different from the heavy bands
of the 70s in that they traded in Satanic images and invited the
glare of the guardians of public morality. Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple
were mild compared to the "hidden message" of Black Sabbath.
The band dont disappoint either.
Straight off you
can hear Ozzy shout a couple of "fucks", hardly ever heard on
a Led Zep, Uriah Heep, Free or Deep Purple concert from that period. For
good measure, Ozzy even calls for a "muthafucker", something
accepted in movies today and also in gangsta rap but this was ancient
1975 in Asbury Park, New Jersey, where Bruce Springsteen was honing his
skill as the man born to run. By Ozzys own account, there were countless
times they had a hard time while touring the American heartlands with
an act that enraged Christians.
Tony Iommi lets rip
on two long guitar solos, the extended Zabbra Cadabra [20 mins plus a
Bill Ward solo] and the instrumental jam that includes Orchid and Rock
n Roll Doctor. Asbury Park also offers very tasty renditions
of Black Sabbath classics War Pigs, Iron Man, Snowblind and Children of
the Grave. Mostly the gig was to showcase their previous album Sabbath
Bloody Sabbath and the new one, Sabotage, not yet released at the time
of the concert.
Black Sabbath lyrically were anti-war and anti-authority. It is to their
credit that they survived the 70s long enough to establish heavy
metal as something beyond just loudness, guitar riffs and posing. Children
of the Grave and War Pigs were message songs and Black Sabbaths
satanic image was a mirror that reflected the anti-war message. No other
metal band from that period took such risks with message-laden songs.
Try to imagine wearing
black in $ingapore, playing heavy metal and saying "muthafucker"
on stage while playing anti-government songs and you will know what Black
Sabbath had to go through for their music to be accepted. Its a
pleasure then to hear Ozzy work the crowd for the encore, a classic rendition
of their only hit, Paranoid.
is the full, unedited show that finally arrived on bootleg under such
titles as Heaven And Earth, Sabotaged, Accidental Overdose, Let Slip The
Pigs Of War and Dying To Live. This version is a fan thing, compiled from
the bootlegs but eliminating several unrelated jams that are probably
not even by Black Sabbath. You can finally put away the official live
albums - the unwelcomed Live At Last which was released without Black
Sabbath's approval and the Ozzy-less Live Evil from 1982, long after rigor
mortis had set in. By the way, Past Lives, the double CD Black Sabbath
released in 2002, includes three songs from the Asbury Park show and the
entire Live At Last on disc 1.
hear Ozzy say "muthafucker" one more time because you will never
hear him say it with the same meaning ever again. - Michael Cheah
How The Show Surfaced
This is what was reported in sabbathlive.com: A highly respected Sabbath
collector contacted King Biscuit to inquire about the full release of
their 1975 show, which was thought to be from Philadelphia by most people
at the time. King Biscuit had been taking requests for future releases,
so this was a completely legitimate request. Their initial response was
that the show "wasn't good enough". But once the KB engineers had a listen
to the tapes, they quickly discovered how wrong their assessment was.
One of them even asked the collector to identify a song for them. It turned
out to be "Spiral Architect"! Also, the tapes were identified as being
from the Asbury Park show, NOT Philadelphia as previously thought. [Note:
However, the engineer did claim the date was still 8/6/75, although the
Asbury Park show has been proven to be a day earlier. Sabbath performed
in Philadelphia on 7/31/75.]
The King Biscuit kindly sent the collector a complimentary copy of
the show, since there were now plans to release it officially. But when
he tried to follow up on this release a few months later, the King Biscuit
employee no longer worked there and the release was apparently nixed.
And it was from this 'advance promo' that the current slew of Asbury Park
bootlegs originated from.
For more, visit sabbathlive.com.
Click on the highlighted
tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality, stereo MP3s - sample
rate of 192 kibit/s). As far as we can ascertain, apart from Hole In The
Sky, Symptom of the Universe and Megalomania, none of the tracks have
been officially released.
The tracks are no
longer available for download. Kindly email us at [email protected]
if you want to download these tracks at a later time.
Yourself To Live (8.4MB)
In The Sky*
Of The Universe*
Cadabbra (including jam, guitar solo and drum solo) (27.9MB)
Iron Man (8.6MB)
(including Orchid, Rock'n'Roll Doctor and guitar solo II) (12.0MB)
Of The Grave (7.7MB)
'Note: *Hole in the
Sky, Symptom of the Universe and Megalomania are available on Past Lives,
which was released in 2002.
on the link to order Black Sabbath albums, including Past Lives.
+ + + + +
On Oct 8, 2002, Black
Sabbath drummer Bill Ward offered Straws, the single from the album, as
a free MP3 download on his website, http://www.billward.com.
Ward quotes: "The song represents my fear towards yet another violent escalation
of arms, and what seems to be an inevitable war with unaccountable consequences.
I stand with my wife, and children, and loved ones across the globe, and
with my friends, in affirmation that peaceful solutions must be sought at
The song, however, is no longer available for download.
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