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Tonight I am serving up two tracks from different eras of Sabbath!

Tyr is the fifteenth studio album by Black Sabbath. It arrived in stores on Aug. 20, 1990. In Norse mythology, Týr is the god of single combat and heroic glory, and the son of Odin. The album title, and several of the song titles, allude to Norse mythology, which led many to call Tyr a concept album, although many of the songs may seem loosely related, very little has anything to do with mythology and it was not intended to be a concept recording. At the time guitarist Tony Iommi, was still the only remaining founding member of the band and the rest of the line up was rounded out by singer Tony Martin, bassist Neil Murray (previously of Whitesnake) powerhouse drummer Cozy Powell (formerly of Rainbow) and keyboardist Geoff Nicholls.

Tyr represents another dramatic departure from Sabbath’s traditional sound, with only traces of it found in the occasional riff. It’s also the most reliant on keyboards.

Among rock critics, opinions were mixed. And perhaps the biggest legacy of Tyr was just how quickly it was forgotten – or rather, overshadowed – when, not even two years later, Iommi reunited with Ronnie James Dio, drummer Vinny Appice, and founding bassist Geezer Butler, for the Dehumanizer album and tour. Still, I feel this album is an underrated gem in the Black Sabbath catalog and by far one of the better overall albums featuring Martin on vocals!

Past Lives is a Black Sabbath double-disc live album that was released in Aug. 20, 2002. The first disc was previously known as Live at Last, an album that was not technically put out by the band’s record company, and therefore it was considered not an official Black Sabbath album. However it was considered a much coveted bootleg. The second disc of this set consists of recordings made for television and radio, previously only available on bootlegs. In my opinion it is a must own for die-hard fans.

This live version of “Symptom of the Universe” was recorded at Asbury Park Convention Hall in Asbury Park, New Jersey, supposedly on Aug 6, 1975.

In 2001, Comedy Central’s “TV Funhouse” imagined Black Sabbath as an animated “Lost Cartoon” from 1974.

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