September 6, 2016 – 4:45 am

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Definitive Montreux 1970 [Zodiac 116, 1CD]
Live at the
Montreux Casino, Montreux, Switzerland; August 31, 1970. This show was first circulated only in 2011. Excellent soundboard.

Here is a review, from collectorsmusicreviews, on No Label’s release of the show::

The recording is excellent sound board with virtually no hiss to speak of and all instruments are well balanced and to this reviewer’s ears easily the best sounding document to come from 1970.

Obviously there has to be cuts in the tape since five of the seven songs played are from the not yet released Paranoid record and the signature song, Black Sabbath, is not present but fear not listener there is much to be enjoyed here.

The recording begins with some audience noise and the sound of music being played over the sound system, this leads into some guitar tuning, drum checks, and bass check before Ozzy saying “we’d like to start of with a number of our new album, its a number entitled Paranoid”. The song is very close musically and lyrically to the recorded version. The vocals dominate the mix but is quickly corrected and from here on out the mix is perfect…

To have such and early show in this quality is a treat, we have an excellent performance from the band and since the band were in the stages of recording/preparing the material for what is arguably their most famous album make this a must have.

Click here for the full write-up

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Track 01. Intro 1:19 (2.2MB)
Track 02. Paranoid 2:56 (4.9MB)
Track 03. N.I.B. 5:54 (9.9MB)
Track 04. Behind The Wall Of Sleep 6:13 (10.4MB)
Track 05. Iron Man 7:43 (13.0MB)
Track 06. War Pigs 8:39 (14.5MB)
Track 07. Fairies Wear Boots 9:16 (15.6MB)
Track 08. Hand Of Doom 9:42 (16.3MB)
52 mins

Ozzy Osbourne - vocals
Tommy Iommi - guitar
Geezer Butler - bass
Bill Ward - drums

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  1. 30 Responses to “BLACK SABBATH - MONTREUX 1970”

  2. I have this show previously, but this version sounds better, in fact it sounds fantastic! Sabbath soundboards from the 1970’s are a rare treat thanks very much big ozine.

    By liquid99 on Sep 6, 2016

  3. Muchas Gracias SABBATH.real music no fag or fake shit here,keep em coming like this Bros

    By Carlos,Cuevas on Sep 6, 2016

  4. One of the best sounding bootlegs out there,any good sounding early Sabbath boots are appreciated Ozzy when he truly was the prince of darkness unlike today where he is pretty laughable

    By Sonny,larrasy on Sep 6, 2016

  5. When metal was king,thanks so much for this,I bet this make Boom Boom happy

    By Tony C on Sep 6, 2016

  6. Dudes,now dats gettin it right for a change,see there is plenty of 70s muzak out there stead of fake modern shit and old man geezer rock,Sabbath in there early years,Geezer boomin da base,Bill Ward poundin dem drums,Tony blitzen dem heavy metal licks and
    Ozzy scarin da shit out of da audience wit his awesome vocals Continue to make me happy wit more shows like dis and no old man rock or modern shit 70s rock 70s role 70s rule

    By Boom Boom Mancini on Sep 6, 2016

  7. Not even a “Thank you” or a few small words of appreciation, BBM? Just more pidgin-ated selfish demands? Tony C, I should have taken that bet.

    Big O, you always come up with the gems in any genre or era. Many thanks for this excellent show! Can’t wait to get this on my player for my morning commute. Best of luck to you for the coming week!

    And I would bet that Ed (wherever he is these days) has a smile on his face, too…

    By dr.golgo on Sep 6, 2016

  8. And if I may give back a little bit to the true fans here. Thanks for making this site so enjoyable!

    By dr.golgo on Sep 6, 2016

  9. Oops! Sorry, Big O That should be:

    Apologies for the confusion!

    By dr.golgo on Sep 6, 2016

  10. Smashing artwork. Right on (as usual), your Bigness :)

    By je n'regret rien on Sep 6, 2016

  11. Why does everyone give Boom Boom such a hard time , he’s right you know , the 1970s were not only the best decade for music , it was the only decade that counts

    By Trey Mackey on Sep 6, 2016

  12. Also music was meant to be listened to on vinyl only , not CDs or MP3 or other formats , everything from the 70s backward was vinyl

    By Trey Mackey on Sep 6, 2016

  13. You must be new here, Trey. It’s because he’s an asshole.

    These nuts are backward on your chin.

    By Trey Outofkey Moron on Sep 6, 2016

  14. Many thanks, BigO! Great! Sabbath forever!!!

    By Josef (Czech republic) on Sep 6, 2016

  15. Thank you Big O Amigos. This qualifies as energy music.
    Be well,

    By James on Sep 6, 2016

  16. hey thanks very much for posting the asbury park show dr. golgo, its outstanding, probably the best 1 overall. also sabotage is my favorite Sabbath album so this setlist is pretty dreamy thanks again!

    By liquid99 on Sep 6, 2016

  17. Thank you BigO!!!!!!!! You always share true diamonds with all of us. I really appreciate this!!! Cheers Tony

    By Tony Lauber on Sep 6, 2016

  18. Many, many thanks BigO !This is fantastic ! Tony warmin’ up some jazz licks, Ozzy ad libbing it along, Billy breaking his pedals and Geezer just flooring it ! What’s not to like !!\m/\m/

    By Grunt on Sep 6, 2016

  19. Trey , welcome to the comment section of Big O Music Blog better known as troll fest central , see that you received your first dose of nuts exploding on your chin from our resident troll extraordinare The Moron. Sure that it won’t be the last time you get insulted fo having a controversial opinion , Way to go trolls , welcome someone new to the blog by hurling vulgar insults , guess no one I immune , Fast becoming known more for trolls than music

    By Stanley on Sep 7, 2016

  20. Trey Mackey is a made-up name.

    By Seth Griffin & Mel Bunny on Sep 7, 2016

  21. Yeah There do seem to be more trolls on this site than any other , anyone has a right to express an opinion without being insulted

    By Stuart G on Sep 7, 2016

  22. Boom boo must copy and paste the same crap every time. What a loser.

    By Rick on Sep 7, 2016

  23. Yes, welcome, Trey! Feel free to spout your “controversial opinions”, or, as most people call them- “inanities”. You’re right, only the 1970’s matter! The ‘50s & ‘60s had no influence whatsoever on the musicians of that legendary decade, so let’s just drop them in the dumpster with music from every other decade! Thanks, Trey, for saving me so much time that I would have wasted listening to all that horrible music not made in the 1970s!

    Stanley is a made-up name too, his real name is PC Principal.

    By Trey Outofkey Moron on Sep 7, 2016

  24. Looks like Trey Mackey is drinking from the same Kool Aid bottle as boom boo. What a shame not to be able to appreciate music beyond the 1970’s. What a shame to expect your idols to stay frozen in time.
    Now Elvis in 1977- that was a travesty. Dylan and Cohen and Gilmour and Van Morrison? Still great. Can’t wait to hear the new releases by Cohen and Morrison this fall. And poor Trey Ma and boom boo won’t even give them a try. Their loss, not mine!

    By Rick on Sep 7, 2016

  25. Friends
    Thanks for the continuing efforts to put up such an enjoyable range of fine music on your site.
    It’s a fabulous variety.

    By largo al on Sep 7, 2016

  26. I am happy to see that there is another Leonard Cohen fan on this site. I am also looking forward to his new album in the Fall; BIGO, I remember that years ago you posted a 1968 BBC concert by Leonard, which was a little jewel. Do you have more of such rarities? Would be much appreciated.

    By Stranger on Sep 7, 2016

  27. Seriously folks, all the artists mentioned , would you rather hear Dylan today or in 1966 , Van today or in 1971, Leonard Cohen now or in the 60s or 70s , The worst culprits are the stones who are only in in these days for the $$$ I remember Muhammad Ali in his last few years in the ring , losing to guys and embarrassing himself , people that he would have toyed with and easily put away in his prime. Everyone gets old and to say that age improves performance whether athletically or musically is ludicrous

    By Stuart G on Sep 7, 2016

  28. I submitted a comment before but apparently it did not get posted, but now I can update it following Stuart G’s comment. I am happy to see that there are more Cohen fans here (Rick), and I wonder if BIGO has more hidden jewels like his BBC 1968 performance that was posted here some years ago. I do understand Stuart G’s skepticism about new work by artists who had their prime in the 60/70’s, and it takes a while before Cohen’s latest work grows on you, but on the other hand, there is a depth in his latest albums that probably could not have been composed by the “Artist as a young man”….

    By Stranger on Sep 7, 2016

  29. And now I also see my earlier comment; sorry for the repeat.

    By Stranger on Sep 7, 2016

  30. RIP Jeff Fenholt, 68 Star of the Original Stage Production of Jesus Christ Superstar and former erstwhile member of Black Sabbath.

    By ScarRad on Sep 19, 2019

  31. Erstwhile definition, former; of times past: erstwhile friends per Tommy Iommi and Jeff Fenholt used to be friends, and Jeff actually did some work in the studio. When they had their falling out though, the word is that Iommi kept some of the ideas that Jeff worked on, and he never received credit for them.

    By ScarRad on Sep 19, 2019

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