Black Sabbath / Definitive Sheffield 1986 / 2CD

Black Sabbath / Definitive Sheffield 1986 / 2CD / Zodiac

Translated text:
Live at City Hall, Sheffield, UK 21st May 1986

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Reproduction from original master masterpiece recording which has represented Ray Guillain era. It is a permanent preservation press appeared in 2CD.
She is engraved on that name recording “Sheffield Performance May 21, 1986”. It is its ultimate full-audience recording. This recording is exactly suitable for calling masterpieces. It is a masterpiece that conveyed how wonderful the full live of the Rei era was. Although there are also Hammer Smith performances recorded also in the Deluxe Edition of “SEVENTH STAR” and Texas performances of FM broadcasts, both of them are very short and far from full. Moreover, the sound board of Hammersmith ‘s performance (despite being formulated) is a completely bad SBD, and there are many maniacs feeling that this is a representative sound source of the Ray era.
That healed the dryness of such maniacs is, of course, a superb full audience recording. Among them, mania all over the world praised, there is a sound source reigning as “Top 3”. That is our familiar Leicester performance “SEVENTH ZONE” and Nottingham performance “LAST GIG WITH RAY”, and this work Sheffield performance. Besides, these three are authentic trilogy. Actually, it is a recording by Mr. Crazy S. “famous name in the world, and it is a direct CD from the original cassette directly provided by himself / herself. It’s no exaggeration to say that “Ray Age Sabbath” for sound source mania is “= Crazy S. work”. This work is the one that re-digitized such a historical “Crazy S.” master again with modern aircraft.
Where the reborn quality is anxious, saying “SEVENTH STAR TOUR 1986” is somewhat complicated with Glenn Hughes and a replacement play. First of all, let’s check the position from the whole picture of the tour to consolidate the image of this work.

“January 28” SEVENTH STAR “Release”
· March 14: Rehearsal
· March 21 – 26: North America # 1 (5 shows)
“Glenn dismissal → Rei joining”
· March 29 – April 19: North America # 2 (14 performances)
· May 21 – June 4: Britain (12 performances) ← ★ Coco ★
“October” THE ETERNAL IDOL “Started Production”

This is the summary of “SEVENTH STAR TOUR”. Glenn was dismissed with only the opening 5 performances and Ray served the rest. Although tours were performed only in dozens of performances in North America and the UK, “Crazy S. Trilogy” as well as the “UK” tour. The Sheffield performance of this work was a concert that became its first day (by the way, “SEVENTH ZONE” is the 6th show, and “LAST GIG WITH RAY” is the final 12 performances.In the trilogy, the first day, the middle stage, It can be overlooked).
Such a work is exquisite. Originally digitized from the master was masterpiece “TO DO OR DIE”, but its upgrade was obvious. “TO DO OR DIE” also reigned as one of the three champions was also naturally the best sound, but this work is more glossy. Of course, not only the bass soundly separated from the audience, the midrange sounds rich in richness, plenty of sense of responsiveness. What’s even wonderful is the elongation and stereo feeling of treble. It looks quite smooth and shinier than metallic luster than “TO DO OR DIE”, and it also has a stereo feeling that was somewhat unstable. Was the original cassette full of sounds so far ……, Tomebo leaked out for the first time. Even if the official version of Hammersmith ‘s performance is too bad, it’ s overturning sound of the name recording which I would like to call it as “official level” dignifiedly.
The full show of the Rei era drawn with that sound is wonderful. The ray version of ‘Children Of The Sea’, ‘Turn To Stone’, ‘Heaven And Hell’ and ‘Children Of The Grave’ which can not be heard even by the two kinds of sound boards mentioned above is also delicious, but the feeling of the full show full of them Is the best. The live performance of the “SEVENTH STAR” number is rare, and in Ozzy’s songs metal sounds make a mysterious feeling, singing Ronnie’s difficult songs that he could not sing even with Guillain or Glenn to Heroic. The bluesy rock of the BADLANDS era matched well, but SABBATH’s heavy & metallic worldview will also let you listen to rare singing voices.
Although such a ray is the most important, other members can not miss it. Actually Jeff Nichols is a leading figure though it is not told much. From the “HEAVEN AND HELL” era to the Reunion era it has become an arm of a long, but this time I can enjoy his synth sound most. Although it does not take flashy solo, its thick and cool synth sound makes SABBATH a mystique, yet it is also 80’s. And it is really metallic by combining the rich high notes with Eric singer’s drumming heavily used hardware.

Ray Guillan who sang well the songs of the famous names of singers in history, but also had a strong individuality. Later Tony Martin was Ronnike enough to make Ronnie and say “as if I am”, but Ray did not look like anyone. It is the highest peak board of historical name sound source that perfect through its full show with superb quality. “True Masterpiece” that has overflowed the inanimity of the official Deluxe Edition. Please, enjoy it forever with the permanent preservation press 2CD.

その名録音に刻まれているのは「1986年5月21日シェフィールド公演」。その極上フル・オーディエンス録音です。この録音はまさに名作と呼ぶに相応しい。レイ時代のフルライヴがいかに素晴らしかったかを伝えてくれた大傑作なのです。レイ時代のライヴというと『SEVENTH STAR』のデラックス・エディションにも収録されたハマースミス公演やFM放送のテキサス公演も存在しますが、どちらも非常に短くフルからほど遠い。しかも、ハマースミス公演サウンドボードは(公式化されたにも関わらず)まったくのダメSBDで、これがレイ時代の代表音源になっている事に忸怩たる想いのマニアも多いのです。
そんなマニアの乾きを癒してきたのは、もちろん極上のフル・オーディエンス録音。中でも世界中のマニアが絶賛し、「トップ3」として君臨している音源がある。それが当店でもお馴染みのレスター公演『SEVENTH ZONE』とノッティンガム公演『LAST GIG WITH RAY』、そして本作のシェフィールド公演なのです。しかも、この3本は正真正銘の三部作。実はどれも世界に名の知れた名匠“Crazy S.”氏による録音でして、本人から直接提供されたオリジナル・カセットからダイレクトにCD化したもの。音源マニアにとって「レイ時代サバス」とは、「=Crazy S.作品」と言っても過言ではない。本作は、そんな歴史的な“Crazy S.”マスターを現代機材で再度デジタル化し直したものなのです。
生まれ変わったクオリティが気になるところですが、“SEVENTH STAR TOUR 1986”と言うと、グレン・ヒューズと交代劇もあって少し複雑。まずは、本作のイメージを固めるためにもツアーの全体像からポジションを確認しておきましょう。

《1月28日『SEVENTH STAR』発売》

これが“SEVENTH STAR TOUR”の概要。グレンは冒頭5公演だけで解雇され、残りをレイが務めました。ツアーは北米と英国で十数公演のみが行われたのですが、“Crazy S.三部作”はもちろん「英国」ツアー。本作のシェフィールド公演は、その初日となるコンサートでした(ちなみに『SEVENTH ZONE』は6公演目、『LAST GIG WITH RAY』は最終12公演目。三部作で初日・中盤・最終盤をトータルで俯瞰できるわけです)。
そんな本作は、まさに極上。オリジナル・マスターから最初にデジタル化されたのは名作『TO DO OR DIE』でしたが、そのアップグレードぶりは明らか。『TO DO OR DIE』も3王者の1つとして君臨するのも当然の極上サウンドでしたが、本作はさらに艶やか。オーディエンス離れしたがっしりとした低音はもちろん、中音域も豊に鳴り、手応え感たっぷり。さらに素晴らしいのが高音の伸びとステレオ感。『TO DO OR DIE』よりもグッと滑らかで金属光沢に輝くようですし、やや不安定なところもあったステレオ感もビシッとしている。オリジナル・カセットにはここまでのサウンドが詰まっていたのか……と、タメ息が漏れる極上ぶり。オフィシャル版のハマースミス公演がダメすぎるのは別にしても堂々と「まるで公式レベル」と呼びたい名録音の頂点越えサウンドです。
そのサウンドで描かれるレイ時代のフル・ショウこそが素晴らしい。先述した2種のサウンドボードでも聴けない「Children Of The Sea」「Turn To Stone」「Heaven And Hell」「Children Of The Grave」のレイ・バージョンも美味しいですが、それらを網羅したフルショウの通し感が最高。『SEVENTH STAR』ナンバーの生演奏はレアですし、オジーの曲では金属声が妖しさを醸し、ギランやグレンでも歌いきれなかったロニーの難曲をヒロイックに歌い上げる。BADLANDS時代のブルージーなロックも似合いましたが、SABBATHの重厚&メタリックな世界観でも類い希な歌声を存分に聴かせてくれるのです。
そんなレイこそが最重要ではありますが、他のメンバーも聴き逃せない。あまり語られませんが、実はジェフ・ニコルズが立役者。『HEAVEN AND HELL』時代からリユニオン時代まで長くアイオミの片腕となってきましたが、彼のシンセ・サウンドを一番堪能できるのがこの時期。派手なソロは執りませんが、そのぶ厚くして冷ややかなシンセ・サウンドはSABBATHに神秘感をまとわせ、それでいて80年代的でもある。そして、金物を多用したエリック・シンガーのドラミング、レイのハイノートと合わさることで実にメタリックなのです。



Disc 1 (44:41)
1. Supertzer 2. Mob Rules 3. Children Of The Sea 4. War Pigs 5. Danger Zone
6. Heart Like A Wheel 7. Symptom Of The Universe 8. Sweet Leaf 9. Zero The Hero/Sphinx
10. Seventh Star

Disc 2 (56:43)
1. Member Introduction 2. Turn To Stone 3. Drum Solo 4. Die Young 5. Black Sabbath
6. Bass Solo 7. N.I.B. 8. Neon Knights 9. Heaven And Hell 10. Guitar Solo
11. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath/Heaven And Hell 12. Children Of The Grave
13. Supernaut(Intro) 14. Paranoid

Tony Iommi – Guitars Ray Gillen – Vocals Dave Spitz – Bass Eric Singer – Drums
Geoff Nicholls – Keyboards

Special Thanks: Crazy S.


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