The Black Sabbath Story, Vol. 2: 1978-1992

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The Black Sabbath Story, Vol. 2: 1978-1992 Review

by Bret Adams

The great thing about most music documentaries is the inclusion of rare concert, television and music video footage, and a two-part history of Black Sabbath doesn't disappoint. 1992's The Black Sabbath Story Vol. 2: 1978-1992 primarily covers the maligned post-Ozzy Osbourne, revolving-door-lineup era. This second volume begins awkwardly because it picks up where the first volume ended -- in the middle of the story about 1978's Never Say Die!, vocalist Osbourne's last album with the band. A performance video of the catchy "A Hard Road" is a treat. Guitarist Tony Iommi and bass guitarist Geezer Butler then explain Osbourne's departure and the recruitment of Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio. The new lineup's first album was 1980's tremendous Heaven and Hell, and Dio discusses the writing of "Die Young" and "Neon Knights." Drummer Bill Ward talks about how his drug and alcohol problems forced him to leave (but it's also known that he wasn't happy about Osbourne's departure). Drummer Vinnie Appice recalls joining for 1981's Mob Rules; sadly, there's no footage from this time period included. The oddest moment in Black Sabbath's career occurred when Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan joined for 1983's ill-fated Born Again; Iommi admits this version of the band was put together on paper and Gillan says he was the worst singer Black Sabbath ever had. 1986's Seventh Star was intended as an Iommi solo album, and "No Stranger to Love" is actually a decent power ballad, yet the black-and-white video is pure MTV formula. Vocalist Tony Martin joined Iommi for decent late 1980s efforts like "The Shining" and "Headless Cross" but "Feels Good to Me" is embarrassing. Drummer Cozy Powell provides interesting insight into his tenure, but unfortunately there are no interviews with Martin or Deep Purple vocalist Glenn Hughes. The video ends with the 1992 reunion of Iommi, Butler, Dio and Appice for the Dehumanizer album and tour.

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