Gig review: BLACK SABBATH 50TH ANNIVERSARY PLAYBACK – Number 10, Hackney, 11 February 2020

Black Sabbath 50th

Most of us listen to music while distracted by other things. Commute to work, at home or live venue. But what if there were no other distractions around you? Just you and the music, in the dark – would you hear something new or have a different emotional reaction?

Well with Pitchback playback this is exactly what you get, a music experience that thrills, excites and sparks a range of emotions.

Celebrating almost 50 years to the day of the release of their groundbreaking album, I jumped at the chance to listen to Black Sabbath’s self titled debut, remastered. I thought what else could I discover more about an album I have listened to countless times, but I have to admit I was blown away. This is the perfect setting for this record to be played in.

When opening track Black Sabbath starts with the thunder, rain and that spooky Iommi riff a real sense of dread and helplessness takes over. I am enveloped in the sound and atmosphere, and totally forgotten where I am as I’m just immersed in the music.

Ozzy’s vocals are haunting on the big PA it almost feels like the band are playing right next to you. Every instrument is heightened and to my surprise I ask myself a question. Are Sabbath metal? Sure there is no denying they created the genre but in this setting I am hearing funk, heavy blues and jazz fusion layers I have never heard before.

Half way through and the wide-eyed nine year old boy in me has resurfaced, head banging and discovering Sabbath all over again. Being in a dark cinema, with no lights, no visuals, no distractions – just me and the band with nowhere to run.

Review by Paolo Cucchiara

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