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MD5 Record Set:    Disc 1    -    Disc 2    -    Disc 3 -    Disc 4 -    Disc 5 -    Disc 6
  • Band / Artist
  • Concert Date
  • RoIO Title
  • Venue
  • Black Sabbath
  • 1976-12-08
  • Civic Arena Pittsburgh PA
  • Civic Arena
  • Town / City
  • State / Prov.
  • Country
  • File Format
  • Pittsburgh
  • PA
  • USA
  • FLAC
  • Recorder Number
  • Sound Quality
  • Entered By
  • Date Entered
  • unknown
  • Good
  • WildThing
  • 17th of October 2008
  • Black Sabbath Civic Arena Pittsburgh, PA 1976-12-08 (December 8, 1976) Setlist & Fingerprints: Track 01 - Supertzar.flac:46445a284c3dbac4da33906cb54429e0 Track 02 - Symptom Of The Universe.flac:eef7b05621a66dcf03cc0ba7183f2285 Track 03 - Snowblind.flac:54a89ed8dd9064cc7e5133de86fe2352 Track 04 - All Moving Parts Stand Still.flac:bc3a79e75e3b3029b5301fd5d68ae709 Track 05 - War Pigs.flac:0cfd05ee56db43ff524287675ddcb5d2 Track 06 - Gypsy.flac:810c2223056757f7f62ff951d77f2605 Track 07 - Black Sabbath.flac:40305a04ccf3ccf36d2f2a0e33e50128 Track 08 - Dirty Women.flac:7cbae3aaee4e99f176386706ff60187a Track 09 - Bill Ward drum solo.flac:d461c12fdb2d5eab97bce840028ec215 Track 10 - Tony Iommi guitar solo one.flac:ab2ce75cafe63c10cf7783fbc75b47dd Track 11 - Rock And Roll Doctor.flac:72eff87f103eeb8d73b6a7b9304faaf5 Track 12 - Tony Iommi guitar solo two.flac:c674479fe4c7f5a21e9ae6031b091b71 Track 13 - Electric Funeral.flac:cca65216663e4c5a631e24ac0b36153a Track 14 - Iron Man.flac:ef7c8cd5042109aeb8df6c5c82e9e26d CD 1: 7 tracks, 43:32 CD 2: 7 tracks, 40:12 This tape is 2nd generation, I have been assured. This is very close to the complete concert. TT: 83:44 I'm grading this (as always, "IMHO") as a vg to vg+ tape, 7.5-8.5/10; see reasons below... Lineage: Unknown mic > unknown analog tape recorder > unknown master tape > SONY HF 90 normal bias cassette tape, 2nd gen > JVC TD-W505 stereo double cassette deck > Cakewalk Pyro 2005 (recorded tape onto HD here) > Cakewalk Pyro 2005 (split huge wav files into tracks here) > Trader's Little Helper (encoded wav to flac, level 8, aligned on sector boundaries) I was at this show but since it WAS over 30 years ago, I don't recall too much about it. This is what I remember: Ozzy was acting very high and kept telling us how high he was and repeatedly asked us if we were high. The band was VERY loud and the concert was excellent. I can't recall the opening act if there was one. I think that the show lasted ~ 90 minutes because I don't remember thinking that the show was overly long. The one thing that I DO clearly remember as an impressionable lad of 22 was stepping over the bodies of the unconscious and comatose in the area in front of the stage after the concert was over and I was on my way home. How people could get so fucked up that they couldn't leave under their own steam was beyond me. Yeah, it was one of those big-time Pittsburgh concert nights...... Finally, you may be wondering how I know the generation of the tape that I'm upping. Well, I'm originally from outside Pittsburgh and as I got involved in bootleg concert tapes, I started meeting other Pittsburgh people with the same interests and eventually met the guy that said that he taped the show. Other people I met agreed that this tape was recorded by this person. Not really solid proof, I know, but not everybody you meet will lie to you. It was good enough for me. Now a brief description of the recording, good points and bad....... The good points: 1) This is very close to the complete show. I was there, but I don't remember what the encore was, if there was an encore... 2) There are no serious speed problems with this show. Very little wow and flutter, no speed ups/slow downs and it sounds to me like it runs at the correct speed, although at times Ozzy sounds a little funky. 3) All instruments and vocals are pretty clear; this recording was made close to the stage in a large venue (a hockey rink for those unfamiliar with what used to be called the Civic Arena). The signal is STRONG. This is NOT a "distant" recording ! 4) Amazingly, there is very little if any distortion in this recording. 5) Also amazingly, there is NO talking, screaming, whistling, shrieking or any other audience bullshit present close to the taper on this recording. I think that everybody there that night was WAY TOO STONED ! 6) This is the RAW tape. I did NOT mess with the speed or attempt any EQing, "remastering", etc. You're getting what I have. The only thing that I did was to convert the tape to 2 huge wav files and then split those wav files into the individual tracks. 7) I'm very sure that this tape is fairly uncirculated and rare AT THIS GENERATION LEVEL. Grab it if you want it..... The bad points: 1) There is a constant background rumble or whoosh to this tape which you can hear on headphones. It's only audible between songs. Not that big of a deal, I'm sure it's due to the rather cheap unit that was used to tape this show. Remember, you're hearing 1976 !!! The rumble is NOT really intrusive and even on phones, you'll quickly get used to it. 2) The tape DOES sound like it was made on really cheap equipment but what can you do ? At least we have this historic document and most of this tape sounds better than you think... As always, if you have a better-sounding version of this concert, by all means PLEASE UPLOAD IT!!! If you wish to remaster this show AND YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING, go ahead and remaster it as long as you up it here on Dime for everybody to enjoy. That's about all that I have to say, so let's wrap this up. No buy, no sell, no mp3. Please seed this as long as you can. This 2nd gen tape has NOT been widely circulated so JUMP ON IT !!! A very heavy show which really shows the excellence that was Black Sabbath in 1976. I will post a sample or two shortly for those of you still undecided, but even with the earlier described conditions under which the concert was taped, I think you'll find that this is a fairly good-sounding tape considering the technology present in 1976 and a welcome addition to any Black Sabbath fan's collection. Well, thanks for reading this and Mr. Natural would like to add these few comments: have fun, don't freak out, remember that Ozzy is very proud that you're high and by all means, enjoy the concert!!!