I grew up listening to Black Sabbath. During the mid-70s they, along with Rush, established themselves as my favorite band. I've had all the early Ozzy era albums on vinyl, then on CD and now I treated myself to these remasters on the strength of Joe Siegler's review on his excellent Sabbath webpage.
I wasn't disappointed. There's a clarity and depth here that isn't present on the other versions I've owned previosuly, so its a delight to listen to these newly polished versions. Bill comes across better than ever, and they haven't mucked up Tony and Geezer's sounds in the process.
Well packaged, with a smart velvet-covered booklet telling the band's story & including the full set of Geezer-sanctioned lyrics.
I won't go into detail on the music : if you're reading this, you probably know the material off by heart anyway. If you don't, this is the best package you can buy that covers Ozzy's Sabbath tenure if you are interested in getting to know what all the fuss was (and still is for some of us) about.
All I will say is that listening to Technical Ecstasy and Never Say Die again, I think these two have been hard done by through the test of time, because they really are pretty special in their own right. Folk should give them another chance alongside the established, recognised masterpieces of the first 6 albums done by the band. Sabbath had to go somewhere in the late 70s, and before Ozzy crashed and burned, these were a couple of worthy excursions into newer material for them under conditions of very difficult internal strife.
Overall, a definitive reference box set for all hard rock lovers. Not to be missed.