The sleeve states that Live Evil was recorded in Seattle, San Antonio and Dallas during the 1982 tour in support of the Mob Rules album, but doesn't give the venues or recording dates for the individual songs.
Vocalist Ronnie James Dio and drummer Vinny Appice abruptly left the group during the mixing of Live Evil, after the album's engineer told guitarist Tony Iommi that Dio had been sneaking into the studio at night to adjust the mix. Dio steadfastly denied that this ever occurred and laid the blame on the engineer, who was 'telling tales'.
Iommi has said that the decision to release Live Evil was prompted by two factors. The first was the 1980 release of the unsanctioned Live at Last album, an the second was former lead vocalist Ozzy Osbourne's 1982 release of a live album consisting entirely of Black Sabbath songs.
The UK cassette release had, as its first side, sides 1 and 3 of the vinyl release, with side two of the cassette being vinyl sides 2 and 4. It seems this was not a mistake, rather a money-saving exercise, since the running-times of the two sides of the tape were more-or-less equal in this configuration.
The first UK CD release omitted "War Pigs" (or "Warpigs" as it was titled in the explanation for its cutting, printed on the rear of the tray-insert), so as to fit onto a single CD. The 1996 UK remaster restored this track but cut much of the stage banter, so as to again fit onto a single CD: this reduced the 'live' feel of the recordings.
In the US Warner Brothers released a 2-CD set, which matched the running-order of the vinyl. Each of these WB CDs came in its own jewel-case, complete with artwork, rather than a 2CD jewel-case.
Universal Music Corporation released a "deluxe edition" worldwide in 2010 which contained the entire album in its original running order.