Live at Last (Black Sabbath album)

Live at Last
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Live album by
ReleasedJuly 1980 (1980-07)
RecordedManchester Free Trade Hall, 11 March 1973 and The Rainbow, London, 16 March 1973
GenreHeavy metal
Length57:08
LabelNEMS
ProducerPatrick Meehan
Black Sabbath live albums chronology
Live at Last
(1980)
Live Evil
(1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]

Live at Last is a 1980 live album by English heavy metal band Black Sabbath. Despite its wide distribution and success (it peaked at No.5 on the UK Albums Chart[2]), the album was released without the permission or knowledge of the band, and is thus regarded in some quarters as an unofficial bootleg live album. The album was, however, released legally by the band's former manager Patrick Meehan who owned the rights to the recording.[3] The album was re-released with the approval of the band on 27 September 2010.[4]

The nature of the album's initial release as being without the band's approval is demonstrated by a notoriously embarrassing goof in the original version, which falsely credited the singer as "Ossie Osbourne".[1]

Background

After dismissing manager Patrick Meehan in the late 1970s, Black Sabbath became embroiled in a long legal dispute with their former management.[3] Later, in 1980, Meehan arranged the reissue of the Black Sabbath catalogue and the release on the NEMS label of a live album of old recordings without the band's consent. The album consisted of a 1973 concert recording the band intended to use for a live album, but shelved indefinitely after being unhappy with the recording.[3]

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