Led by singer-songwriter-guitarists Tom Russo, Joe White and Fran Keaney, the guitar-pop five-piece returned home to Australia after the relentless touring schedule that came following their critically regarded debut Hope Downs. Feeling the literal and metaphorical ground under their feet had shifted, the band began grasping for something reliable. For Keaney, that translated into writing "pure romantic fiction" and consciously avoiding the temptation of angsty break-up songs, while Russo looked north to a "bizarre place" that captured the feeling of manufacturing a sense of home when his own had disappeared.
A blink-and-you'll-miss-it pit-stop of a place with fewer than residents, it was founded by Venetian immigrants in the lates and now serves as something of a living monument to Italians' contribution to Australia, with replica Roman statues dotted like alien souvenirs on the otherwise rural landscape.
The parallels to the way the band attempted to maintain connections and create familiarity during their disorienting time on the road was apparent to Russo. He also released a live album, Live From the Ryman. Live at the Roundhouse is unlike any other concert recording connected to Pink Floyd. From primitive origins nearly four decades ago, Napalm Death has been a prime mover in defining the sound of the underground by pushing sonic speed limits and galvanizing the extremes of metal, punk and hardcore - creating "grindcore" in the process.
Alicia Keys is ready for a new era. The result is a collection of wall-to-wall bangers illuminating the group's unique ability to straddle the worlds of pointed social commentary and raw, boisterous fun. I liked it because I felt like life was flying by so fast. I would never have imagined that, in , this album title would take on a whole new meaning.
Martin Luther King, Jr. In , racial tensions across the country rose. Palo Alto , a largely white college town in Cali, wasn't immune. A double album, Speak of the Devil represents the fulfillment of a contractual obligation, as Osbourne owed Jet Records two more records. Though they had been full-time members of Osbourne's band for some time, this is Osbourne's first album to feature bassist Sarzo and drummer Aldridge.
The duo had been credited on the Diary of a Madman album but did not actually perform on it. Speak of the Devil' s gatefold includes multiple photos of a member of Osbourne's road crew who took part in the stage show by bringing the vocalist drinks between songs who suffered from dwarfism and who Osbourne nicknamed "Ronnie",   a joke aimed at Ronnie James Dio.
Dio had replaced Osbourne as Black Sabbath 's lead vocalist and stood only 5' 4" tall. Speak of the Devil was released one month before Osbourne's former band, Black Sabbath, released their own live album entitled Live Evil , a situation which contributed to a growing rivalry between the two camps. In the US, sales of Speak of the Devil were much better than those of Live Evil , while in the UK it was Live Evil which attained the higher chart-placing: figures on ultimate sales are not widely available.
It was, however, reinstated for the reissue of the album. A Japan -only official release video also entitled Speak of the Devil has been available since the early s. This video release has no relation to the album of the same name, consisting of Osbourne's early solo material rounded out by three Black Sabbath numbers.
This video release features an outdoor live performance recorded on 23 June , at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre with the same backing band as the album of the same name. Being an outdoor show, wind resulted in insufficient haze from the fog machines to reflect the laser light show, and thus they weren't used; the lasers seen in the final edit were added later in post-production. On 16 July , the band members gathered at Jet Records' offices in Los Angeles to watch the final edit. Osbourne was unhappy with the laser show and stormed out of the room.
Bassist Rudy Sarzo later observed him in the parking lot, drunkenly letting the air out of the producer's tires in protest. William Clark of Guitar International said, "Everything from the stage sets, to the action on stage and the powerful Ozzy persona make this live performance, in a word, fantastic".
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