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Best of Black Sabbath [Original recording remastered]

Black Sabbath Audio CD

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Black Sabbath has been so influential in the development of heavy metal rock music as to be a defining force in the style. The group took the blues-rock sound of late '60s acts like Cream, Blue Cheer, and Vanilla Fudge to its logical conclusion, slowing the tempo, accentuating the bass, and emphasizing screaming guitar solos and howled vocals full of lyrics expressing mental anguish and ... Read more in Amazon's Black Sabbath Store

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great career overview 20 Aug 2004
By Docendo Discimus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you just want the classic songs from Black Sabbath's Ozzy Osbourne era, go for the superb Rhino collection "Symptom Of The Universe - The Orginal Black Sabbath 1970-1978".

But if you want the best of Sabbath's later releases as well, "The Best Of Black Sabbath" is an excellent choice, and at an extremely fair price as well. It doesn't delve deep into Sabbath's 80s and 90s material, but there is enough here to satisfy the casual fan, and besides, the 70s albums were really where the legend of Black Sabbath was forged, and the emphasis should be on those first eight years.

With 32 tracks, including virtually every 70s album track of note, this collection can't be beat. It may not be better than the more impressively packaged "Symptom Of The Universe" (which has a superb booklet, too), but musically it is quite as good.
Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great album but could be better 31 Mar 2005
By Stuart Hartley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I suppose when most fans think of Black Sabbath, they think of the years when Ozzy Osborne was lead singer; so it's only fitting that the vast majority of this set features songs from that period. In that respect, this set is great for beginners who are unaware that Black Sabbath had quite a successful career without Osborne handling vocals.

For those of us (like me) who were keen to hear some of Black Sabbath's work without Osborne, however, it was a bit of a letdown because only a few post-Osborne songs are featured here.

If you prefer Black Sabbath's work from the 'Osborne era', then this set is for you. It features all of the band's big songs from 1970-1978 and is well worth a look. There are all the songs you would expect to hear from that era and some you would not.

This is a very good place to start for people who are just discovering the band all people who prefer the material from the Osborne era. Well worth checking out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Always the same songs, but it's good. 11 Jun 2000
By Jean-Pierre Larouche - Published on Amazon.com
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All greatests hits or compilation of (Best of) Black Sabbath have all times the same old tunes.This one is the same of We Sold Our Soul For Rock And Roll with more songs.By luck, the house disc of this compilation put 5 songs on the disc 2 of the 80 to 83 years, but it's not enough to discover very well Black Sabbath.First, the disc 1 have 15 good choosed songs;Black Sabbath,Wizard,N.I.B.,War Pigs,Iron Man,Paranoid,Children Of The Grave,etc.The disc 2 is good but some songs don't supposed to be here because these songs are not a hits;Don't Start(Too Late) and Am I Going Insane (Radio),these songs are not the (Best of) Black Sabbath! But, some great hits are on the disc 2;Supernaut,Sabbath Bloody Sabbath,Symptom Of The Universe,Dirty Women,etc...and only 5 songs of the others years.If I was the creator of this compilation of Best of Black Sabbath, I would put 2 or 3 others cd's for complete the 3 decades of Black Sabbath.I'm not a fan who be stopped only on the 70's years, I listen the 80's and the 90's also, because these decades show the real talent of Tony Iommi.With the years, the experience grow and with the years, Tony Iommi have given the most impressive music that I never heard in my life! For the beginner fans of Black Sabbath, the 3 albums that I suggest to you are; Paranoid, Heaven And Hell and Headless Cross.But if you just want to discover Black Sabbath only one time and say: I have a greatest hits of them, buy this compilation, you won't regret it, but for the old fans, it's not a complete view of Black Sabbath.
5.0 out of 5 stars GRRREEEAATTT!!! 25 Dec 2008
By Dennis R. Fletcher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this as a copulation of their hits .great pricem love it.Thanks! DF
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4.0 out of 5 stars Need a good riff? We've got loads! 26 April 2001
By "waiman" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Sabbath deliberately portrayed themselves as dark and sinister. Dig a little deeper, however, and their satanic posturings are as flimsy and camp as a Hammer Horror: great fun but not to be taken too seriously. In fact, though they often sang of dark and and depressing subjects - war, drugs, mental illness etc -they very rarely spoke of the devil himself except on their eponymous debut with its suitably chilling cover. Like all those heavy metal bands that formed in their wake they were merely a bunch of hairy men who had read a few too many Dennis Wheatly novels and had a dislike of hippies and all things flowery.
The name Black Sabbath instantly conjures up heavy booming riffs and they are here in abundance (NIB, Iron Man, Snowblind, The Wizard, Supernaut et al) but this compilation reveals that they also had a lightness of touch and an ear for a strong melody as displayed on 'Don't Start' and 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath's acoustic refrain. The brooding 'Planet Caravan' has a strong middle-eastern flavour while the coda to 'Sympton of the Universe' is almost Jazz.
The compilers lean heavily on their earliest material with CD1 given over to the first three albums alone. A more restrained compiler would have trimmed one track from each of these albums and included more from others, with the excellent Vol 4 particularly under-represented with not even 'Changes' making the cut.
There is never a dull moment though as we lurch from riff to killer riff and only 'Am I Going Insane (radio)' (radio rental = mental. Geddit?) sounding somewhat lightweight and dated.
The best of Black Sabbath will always be the Ozzy years so the inclusion of a handful of post Ozzy tracks seems superfluous, and it is unlikely that anyone buying this CD will be interested to hear how Sabbath eventually sounded like any other run-of-the-mill metal band.
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