July 16, 2015 – 5:23 am

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Manchester 1989 [no label, 1CD]

BBC In Concert. Live at the Manchester Apollo, Manchester, UK; September 6, 1989. Very good Pre-FM.

Thanks to Dujanovasionist for the remaster; and to Looney99 for sharing the show at Dime.

Looney99 noted:

A billion thanks to Dujanovasionist for sharing both this remaster AND the Pre-FM source he used for his remaster on his blog on 2014-12-25. To my knowledge (please correct me if I am wrong), he was actually the very first to make this Pre-FM recording available to the Sabbath community. Dujanovasionist’s original download link was already dead when I first heard about it, so a big ‘Thank you!’ also goes to my friend who tracked it down so masterly and shared it so generously with us. Finally, another big ‘Thank you!’ goes to the other friend who informed me about the existence of this recording in the first place.

Dujanovasionist’s original notes:

There was no pre-FM Tony Martin era Sabbath in circulation until today. Now, we finally have a Martin era recording that can stand proud alongside Worcester ‘83, Asbury Park ‘75, and Boston ‘92. This is probably the best boot from the Martin era. His voice is in great shape, and there’s a small but pleasing number of tracks from the highly under-rated ‘Headless Cross’ album, along with classics from the Dio era and that other guy. It is not, however, the most complete recording there is. We don’t get to hear ‘The Shining’ or a number of others from the night this was recorded. However, soundwise this floors ‘Headless In Vienna’ and the others. I rank it as one of my favourite Sabbath boots. The source was very evident on the original recording - lots of treble, little guitar. This has been fixed. Everything now sounds much more balanced and much more metal.

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Pre-FM source (unknown) > Betamax F1 Stereo > CD > Audition > Flac

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Track 01. The Gates Of Hell 0:22 (623k)
Track 02. Headless Cross 6:12 (10.4MB)
Track 03. Neon Knights 5:32 (9.3MB)
Track 04. Children Of The Sea 5:57 (10.0MB)
Track 05. Die Young 6:25 (10.8MB)
Track 06. Iron Man 5:11 (8.7MB)
Track 07. When Death Calls 7:00 (11.8MB)
Track 08. War Pigs 7:06 (11.9MB)
Track 09. Heaven And Hell 10:15 (17.2MB)
Track 10. Paranoid 4:04 (6.8MB)
58 mins

Tony Martin - vocals
Tony Iommi - guitars
Neil Murray - bass
Cozy Powell - drums
Geoff Nicholls - keyboards

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  1. 30 Responses to “BLACK SABBATH - MANCHESTER 1989”

  2. Wow! Great sound! Many thanks, BigO!

    By Josef (Czech republic) on Jul 16, 2015

  3. Sabbath ain’t sabbath without Ozzy

    By Evil Blizzard on Jul 17, 2015

  4. Sabbath ain’t sabbath without Ozzy

    you need to go over to the Band thread..I`m having the same issue there! LOL

    By sluggo on Jul 17, 2015

  5. i never gave martin a chance…LOVED ozzy-era(of course)…LOVED dio-era…LOVED ‘born again’/gillan-era…hoping this will broaden my horizons…thanks again bigO!

    By metaljohn3333 on Jul 17, 2015

  6. Another cover band with (1) original member… Not, nor will ever be = Sabbath… RIP RJD and Long Live Ozzy… Good sound!

    By Woodstock on Jul 17, 2015

  7. while i love dio and gillan era sabbath this particular line up is junk. i even saw the ray gillan era band. i love cozy and for me ozzy with geezer and iommi is important to have in the lineup. i am not a purist however and i feel its ok if ward isnt there. i prefer if he is but im ok if he isnt. i dont really think i am interested in anything bs did post gillan personally. even a reuniting for the 13 tour didnt have it. maybe the years cost them what they once had. i like those pre 79 years.

    By darth on Jul 17, 2015

  8. so..does this band deserve to be called Black sabbath?

    By sluggo on Jul 17, 2015

  9. id rather go see mac sabbath…

    By barth on Jul 17, 2015

  10. 9 i’s in a 9 line post.
    c’mon darth.

    By Idarth on Jul 17, 2015

  11. only a psychotic hider would count such a thing.

    By darth on Jul 17, 2015

  12. since iommi owns the name.. he gets to call it whatever he wants as long as the name doesnt infringe on anyone elses name. for example he couldnt call his band pink floyd. ian anderson owns the name jethro tull as far as rock bands go so he gets to call his band that name no matter who else is in the band. hes the one who runs things. iommi runs things in sabbath. i dont know if its a deserves situation. surely people didnt go to this show expecting to see the line up with ward ozzy geezer etc. for the most part and i do mean 75% or more of the audience in most cases.. they dont know the names of the band members. they may know their fave songs and a few album titles. they may know the singers name and maybe the guitarists. but most people are not as aware of music the way we are. i talk to people all the time for example who love love love pink floyd. now keep in mind floyd is my fave band. u know im gonna ask a question or two when i hear that. like what album is their fave or something. guaranteed these people only know 2 albums and perhaps a 3rd if they really are into them. dark side is one then the wall. did they do more than that?? lol. seriously. then wish u were here is that 3rd and rarely animals will be mentioned. serious fans do come up with that one. very rarely do i ever find ppl who can name more than 2 members or any other albums or have any idea of any other details about them. this is just a small example.
    when it comes to sabbath.. 50% or more of ppl have no idea that anyone else sang for them other than ozzy. i would guess its more than that tho. its hard for us to imagine ppl not being as into music as we are.

    By darth on Jul 17, 2015

  13. Talking of Jethro Tull, there is a 1972 line up seeding on dime at the moment.
    Any chance of it being available here at some time please BigO ??

    By Je Suis Darth on Jul 17, 2015

  14. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

    By idarth on Jul 17, 2015

  15. darth calling someone else psychotic, how ironic & moronic.
    now that’s a good one.

    By frank booth on Jul 17, 2015

  16. frank- whats your favorite beer?

    By barth on Jul 17, 2015

  17. ahhh beer.
    there’s only one kinda beer.
    it better be a fucking PBR.

    By frank booth on Jul 17, 2015

  18. damn straight frank. its a mans beer.

    By barth on Jul 17, 2015

  19. when it comes to sabbath.. 50% or more of ppl have no idea

    Where do you get your numbers from Darth?

    By dropkick sarge on Jul 17, 2015

  20. pbr and all the rest of our beers are mere pony piss compared to some of the great beers of the world.American beer is actually pretty shitty.
    Give me a Guinness in the evening to watch the sun go down over the swamp.

    By dropkick sarge on Jul 17, 2015

  21. sarge…

    should that surprise anyone here glen our resident clown con boy liar pulls arbitrary numbers & facts out of the sky…?

    I hear you about the beer…give me a great microbrewed beer over the pissy light American commercial beer anytime…

    frank booth loves his Pabst Blue Ribbon…lol…

    By Jerry's Finger on Jul 18, 2015

  22. damn straight, sarge and Jerry’s Finger. its the time of year for whirlwind witbier, white lantern, and sweaty betty.

    for some reason pbr seems to have become the chosen beer of hot rodders and tattoo types. maybe its the label design or its the anti-bud.

    By barth on Jul 18, 2015

  23. Bat Sabbath is a good cover band.

    By Evil Blizzard on Jul 21, 2015

  24. Does the spine of the back cover say Iron Maiden?

    This does sound great and while Tony Martin isn’t Ozzy or Ronnie, he does a good job. I was listening to John Sykes in a Blue Murder show and his bantering was wearing thin on me halfway thru the show.

    Thanks once again BigO!

    By Ron_Mus on Jul 21, 2015

  25. I met Neil after this version of BS played my town. He autographed my copy of National Health’s “Of Queues and Cures”, on which he was the bass player. He was surprised anyone knew of that album, but I assured him it was one of the blueprints of my learning curve on bass. I asked him why he didn’t do that kind of music anymore, and he told me that no had asked him!…he DID state though that playing with BS paid his bills, and that there was NO WAY that National Health could have done that. I laughed and agreed with him

    By John Arrrrrrrrrrrrr..... on Jul 21, 2015

  26. Guinness Stout tap or can, never bottled, is the brown elixir of life. But it’s just a starting point for real beer. Belgian Trappiste Monk Ale can be astonishingly delicious, along with a true Czeck Pilsner like Pilsner Urquell. Gotta love the skunk.

    By Lightning Popkins on Jul 22, 2015

  27. Czech…oops

    By Lightning Popkins on Jul 22, 2015

  28. the hell with that skunk beer.
    fuck the stout or a trappist.
    gimme a fucking blue ribbon.

    By frank booth on Jul 23, 2015

  29. frank… you are one suave fucker!

    By barth on Jul 23, 2015

  30. damn straight I am barth.
    you are too!
    now where is that fucking PBR!!!

    By frank booth on Jul 24, 2015

  31. I kind of agree that a lot of people wouldn’t know that Sabbath didn’t have Ozzy. I saw them in 86, which was advertised as “Featuring Tony Iomi”. I actually expected to see Glenn Hughes, and got one of the first Ray Gillen shows. But a lot of people around me were asking “Where is Ozzy” and “Who are these people?” Of course it was the pre-net world.

    By grimjack on Jul 27, 2015

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