Black Sabbath: Madrid 1983. (No Label)
Recorded Live at Pabellon de Desportes, Madrid, Spain - September 14, 1983.
Very Good Audience Recording :: Bootleg CDR :: CBR 320 kbps.
02. Children Of The Grave
03. Hot Line
04. War Pigs
05. Born Again
06. Supernaut & Drum Solo
07. Rock'N'Roll Doctor
08. Disturbing The Priest
01. Iron Man
02. Zero The Hero
03. Guitar Solo
04. Guitar Solo & Digital Bitch
05. Black Sabbath
06. Smoke On The Water
Total Time: 01:25:15 hour/s.
*** "Born Again" Tour ***
Personnel: Tony Iommi - Guitars :: Ian Gillan - Vocals :: Geezer Butler - Bass :: Bev Bevan - Drums :: Geoff Nicholls - Keyboards .
Notes: Good to very good audience recording. The PA mix isn't very good at the beginning of the show, with the guitar pretty much drowning out everything else. Gillan's voice is the first thing to be turned up, and then comes the bass and the drums. Everything is fairly balanced by the end of "Children Of The Grave". The sound quality is not the best, with some drops and cuts from time to time and some speed distortion at some points, especially during "Born Again". But the good side of this story is that can clearly hear each instrument on stage, including the bass, which is uncommon on bootlegs from that period.
Ian Gillan doesn't seem to be in very good shape on this night. His voice is sharp and nice, but I got the feeling that he wasn't able to explore his full vocal range. On some songs, the soundboard engineer seems to help him by putting some heavy reverb on his voice. The reverb is first used during "War Pigs", which gives the song and interesting new "gloomy" ambience. Ian isn't able to execute the last verses of "Born Again", with his voice breaking despite the added reverb for enhancement. He coughs a few times at the beginning of "Supernaut". Once he starts singing after the intro riff, his voice is better, but continues to come and go that way until the end of the show. Still, he does great renditions of all the Ozzy era material, which may have been easier for him to perform.
Bev Bevan does his solo during "Supernaut". This is a great occasion to listen to his drumming and notice how different he makes Sabbath sound, in contrast with Bill Ward's style. While Bill has a really jazzy feeling in his playing, Bevan gives the songs a more psychedelic or progressive sound. And the man can definitely play! Listen to this show if you don't believe me!
From the end of "Iron Man" toward the end of the show, Geezer's bass is gradually turned up in the mix. This gives us a good opportunity to listen to him throb to Bevan's beats. Geezer's playing is very heavy on this one, supporting and enhancing the overall power of Iommi's guitar, which is already loud as hell. "Zero To Hero" and "Rock N' Roll Doctor" are particularly great, with the alternating jazz lines and heavy riffs intertwined.
In summary, despite Ian Gillan's minor voice problems, this Madrid gig is very good show from this era. In contrast, the Paris 9/30/83 show was just a little more energetic. It's also funny to note the way in which the Spanish crowd whistles a lot instead of shouting its joy to the band. They also seem to be talking all of the time, even during the songs! .<-(Info taken from sabbathlive.com).