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Review: Black Sabbath - The Black Sabbath Story Volume Two
Black Sabbath
The Black Sabbath Story Volume Two

Label: Sanctuary Records Group
Year released: 2002
Duration: 85 min.

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: March 16, 2003
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
The Black Sabbath Story Volume Two

Rated 4.5/5 (90%) (8 Votes)

This second volume of the Black Sabbath story covers the post-Ozzy years, from 1980 to 1992 (up to and including the "Dehumanizer" album.) While the first volume focused on how the band came together and grew to be the monsters they are, this second volume is focused on all the line-up changes that occured in the 12 years covered. Singers, drummers, bassists... You name it. Chats with Ronnie James Dio, Ian Gillan, Tony Martin and Cozy Powell about how they came on board and left. Pretty interesting overall, but there is a major annoyance: The narratives are set at the beginning and the end of each song, so you miss parts of each song because it is played in the background while the guys talk. This is a very stupid move, especially since it's not like they were running short on space, as this volume is shorter than the first one (despite what it says on the back of the DVD booklet...) The songs are all promo videos, except for TV Crimes which is from footage filmed at Rockfield Studios.

This segment is some 40-45 minutes long (they really should have left the songs alone and extended this to 60 minutes). In the bonus features, you get the sequel to the Band History started in volume one, again focused on line-up changes, how they got back together for Dehumanizer, etc... Not bad, but again on the short side. I didn't time the running time exactly, but it's not the 85 minutes they claim it is. The album gallery includes everything from Heaven and Hell to Dehumanizer.

While I find this to be of poor caliber compared to volume one, there's still a lot of good stuff to be found in this volume. I feel like they tried to put this one together quick without as much attention to details as in the first one. Nevertheless, this is recommended. If you can buy only one however, go for volume one.

Additional Information

Track listing:

  1. Die Young
  2. Neon Knights
  3. Trashed
  4. Zero the Hero
  5. No Stranger To Love
  6. The Shining
  7. Headless Cross
  8. Feels Good To Me
  9. TV Crimes

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