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DVD Reviews: Masters From the Vaults: Black Sabbath: Cross Purposes
Genre: Music

The Final Say!

Review Score
Reviewed by Tory Favro
Review Date: August 2004
Distributed by:
Magna Pacific
Running Time: 60 Minutes





With the popularity that Ozzy has now with his TV show and all the rest, it's sometimes hard to remember that Black Sabbath has had a number of successful frontmen on the microphone doing their thing. This DVD presents the era when Tony Martin was the helmsman and remastered in 5.1 audio, this disc does total justice to a great part in the band's career.

Recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon which fans of Iron Maiden would be familiar with, Sabbath are in great form for this gig and truly shows the power of the group truly working together. Fans are going to love watching just how good this gig was and at the same time feel a little robbed by the fact that it only goes for an hour with a track listing of some nine songs plus a bonus track.

The style shown on this disc is a bit more melodic than your Ozzy era fans will be pleased with and something to realise is that Sabbath has had a number of frontmen through it's history and they all brought something a bit different to the table. A prime example of that was the Dio era which I really enjoyed.

Unlike other Black Sabbath discs which have often had footage interspersed with interviews and other bits and pieces, Cross Purposes is just the concert itself. Highlight of the show would have to be the full version of Symptom of the Universe which goes all out. Of course watching the skills of master axeman Tommy Iommi is also another great reason for checking out this piece of Heavy Metal history.

Visuals and audio are very good on this disc with no complaints and the 5.1 mix gets used well. Extras on the disc is simply the studio bonus track for Feels Good To Me which was off the TYR album.



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