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|Live album by|
|Released||20 October 1998|
|Recorded||Birmingham NEC, 4–5 December 1997|
A&M Studios, Hollywood, California, April–May 1998 (studio tracks)
|Producer||Thom Panunzio (live tracks), Bob Marlette (studio tracks)|
|Black Sabbath live albums chronology|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Reunion is a live album by heavy metal band Black Sabbath. It features the original line-up of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward: the four musicians' first recording together since the firing of Osbourne in 1979.
Osbourne, Iommi, Butler and Ward reunited for Live Aid in 1985 and for the climax of Ozzy's No More Tours Tour in 1992, but neither had resulted in an album or tour. An attempt at a reunion in 1993 proved abortive – and, when Osbourne, Iommi and Butler reunited as Sabbath for the 1997 Ozzfest, Ward was replaced by Faith No More's Mike Bordin.
Concern about Ward's health meant former Sabbath drummer Vinny Appice was on standby for two homecoming shows at the Birmingham NEC on December 4 and 5, 1997. "We hadn't done a show with Bill for 18 years," remarked Iommi. In fact, Ward made it through both shows – albeit not without incident. "Bill hit a gong and it fell on him," Iommi reported. "I creased up. His arm was black and blue in the morning, because those things weigh a ton. When it hit him and fell onto the kit, it sounded like someone was throwing pots and pans around. We were waiting for something like that to happen."
Along with live versions of classics such as "Paranoid", "N.I.B.", "Black Sabbath" and "Iron Man", the double album features two new studio tracks: "Selling My Soul" and "Psycho Man". The two new tracks on Reunion were also released on a single CD in the USA.
Album – Billboard (North America)
|1998||The Billboard 200||11|
|Top Canadian Albums||5|
Singles – Billboard (North America)
|1998||"Psycho Man"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||3|
|1999||"Selling My Soul"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||17|