Black Sabbath: Holy War. (Metal Sword Records :: MS CD 022/23)
Recorded Live at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England - January 20, 1981.
Ex- Audience Recording :: PRO-CDRs :: Lossless FLAC.
01. Supertzar (Intro Tape)
02. War Pigs
03. Neon Knights
04. N.I.B. + Drum Solo
05. Children Of The Sea
06. Sweet Leaf
07. Lady Evil
01. Black Sabbath
02. Heaven And Hell
03. Iron Man
04. Guitar Solo
05. Die Young
07. Children Of The Grave
Files: 14.:: Size: 608,46 MB (flac).
Total Time: 01:35:07 hour/s.
Personnel: Tony Iommi: Guitar / Ronnie James Dio: Vocals / Geezer Butler: Bass / Vinnie Appice: Drums / Geoff Nicholls: Keyboards.
Notes: Artwork Included (but see notes below regarding the order of tracks). The show is well-known, but this bootleg IMHO beats any other version of this show that has been released before (and possibly any other version in circulation). Two sources are available from this show: one was taped by Purplecockney AKA Steve M.; the other (better-sounding) source was released on the 'London Hammersmith Odeon' LP bootleg and also released in several versions (including the 'Never a Maker' and 'Live Murder Act I' CD bootlegs, both of which are obviously sourced from the 'London Hammersmith Odeon' LP bootleg).
'Holy War', which I am uploading here, is from the same source as the 'London Hammersmith Odeon' LP bootleg and its CD reincarnations. 'Holy War' was released by Metal Sword Records in 2000, and the artwork claims that it is a 'digitally remastered edition' of an 'original master recording'. While I am generelly sceptical about claims written on the artwork of commercial bootlegs, I tend to believe that this is really sourced from a transfer of the master tape. Thus, the sound quality is even better than on the other available bootlegs (which are quite nice already), and I do not hear any vinyl cracks. Moreover, the sound is NOT overcompressed (as it is on some commercial CD bootlegs of other shows, especially those released by Tarantura - I am extremely happy that this bootleg is NOT from Tarantura!). A picture of the spectrum is included in this upload. More importantly, check out the samples below - I am curious for your opinions!
One thing, however, is strange about this bootleg: 'Paranoid' and 'Children of the Grave' are located on the end of disc 1 instead of the end of disc 2 where they would belong. My friend Phobos corrected this in the following way:
- He moved the encore break noise from the end of 'Lady Evil' to the place between 'Die Young' and 'Paranoid' (where it belongs),
- added a fade-out at the end of 'Lady Evil' (which is now the last track of disc 1)
- and arranged for a smooth transition between 'Die Young', encore break and 'Paranoid'.
Many thanks to Phobos for his work! Anyway, for those who prefer to have the tracks in the same order as they were released on CD, I have added the original files of 'Lady Evil', 'Die Young', 'Paranoid' and 'Children of the Grave' in a subfolder of this upload, called 'Original tracks'. (Info taken from original info file).