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Sabotage [Original recording remastered]

Black Sabbath Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,567 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hole In The Sky
2. Don't Start (Too Late)
3. Symptom Of The Universe
4. Megalomania
5. The Thrill Of It All
6. Supertzar
7. Am I Going Insane
8. The Writ

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BLACK SABBATH Sabotage (2009 issue UK 8-track digitally remastered CD album - Released in July 75 Black Sabbaths sixth studio album is evidence that the band still werent afraid of musical experimentation and as such is their most variedandcomplex production of their formative period. Includes the hits Am I Going Insane (Radio) Hole In The Sky & Symptom Of The Universe. Presented in a sumptuous gatefold digipak picture sleeves complete with a picture booklet containingextensive sleevenotes by Jerry Ewing [Classic Rock magazine] and a plethora of rare and previously unseen photographs and items of memorabilia)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Sabotage' is The King of Rock albums 5 Feb 2002
Format:Audio CD
I've always been a sabbath fan & I always will. For me 'Sabotage'represents the band at their most creative & powerfull. This is the album I tend to come back to more than any of the other jewels in the Sabbath crown. I can't recomend this album enough. If your looking for the peak of heavy rock, then this is the most complete collection of blistering, purposeful, imaginative & thrilling music produced from The Kings of Heavy Metal.'Hole in the Sky' will pull you straight in & wack your brain cells. Catch your breath with 'Don't Start (Too Late)', but hold tight for 'Symptom of the Universe'. This will burn onto your memory for the rest of your life!
This album has drama in 'Megalomania' & 'The Writ'
Lunatic ramblings in 'Am I Going Insane' & if you looking for a soundtrack for a black mass, try 'Supertzar. A riff so good, Ozzy refused to sing over it! I don't need to mention the might of Tony Iommi's guitar work. The solo that ends 'The Thrill of it All', is probably my all time favorite. Every Sabbath fan will tell you that this album should be loved to death. Its power will inspire you. No rock fan should be without it.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2009 reissue versus the 1996 version 24 Sep 2009
By Jim
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Firstly, there is little point in discussing this music per se: any self-respecting Sabbath fan, nay, rock fan, ought to already count this classic album amongst the highlights of their collection. Musically speaking, this is certainly a 5-star album. The question I aim to address here is rather: is it worth shelling out for this apparently newly remastered 2009 reissue if you already own the 1996 (blimey was it as long ago as that!) remastered version? Well, you'd like to think that over those 13 years the world of music reproduction technology would have moved on to the extent that a new version would eke even more sonic quality out of the sounds Sabbath laid down on analogue tape back in 1975. After all, this album was a long time in production, reflected in the complex arrangements and huge sound achieved by the band and their recording team. Indeed, I defy anyone not to feel `WOW, that was an experience!' with every ounce of their musical appreciation as the last strains of the awesome `Megalomania' waft into the distance. Maybe I just played it a little on the loud side. But I digress: the short answer is, after playing on a pretty decent hifi various songs from the two versions back to back, I couldn't be sure that I could discern any difference between them.

So what else might tempt the prospective purchaser? There is no `bonus' material. In my book that is great - I detest the pristine purity of a hallowed classic album being diluted with second-rate scrapings from the bottom of the barrel (for example, the `studio run-throughs' that sullied the Rhino reissue of `Close to the Edge' by Yes). With regard to packaging, this reissue comes in a digipack. For some people that may add value, but to be honest I prefer a jewel case that can be replaced if it gets knackered.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sabbath's finest 12 Feb 2008
Format:Audio CD
Recorded in the middle of their amazing 70's ooutput, this (along with Sabbath Bloody Sabbath) has a proggy twinge to it, which elevates it above thier seminal metal work. Sadly, it also marks the beginning of the end for the original line-up.

The album's most surprising insight is the fact that the first recording of it was lost and they had to go back and redo the whole thing in record time. Not that you'd notice.

The album kicks off with psychedelic stomper "Hole in the Sky" and makes a stron statement about the ride we're in for. there's a brief acoustic interlude before we get to the stand out track: "Symptom of the Universe". this is the greatest metal riff of all time. Lets be clear on that: this is the greatest metal riff of all time (its in Em btw and uses the satanic dimnished 5th interval). not only that but it also segues in to a jazzy Fm7/B vamp section at the end with some very tasteful acoustic guitar soloing and yearning vocals from Ozzy.

Megalomani ias an epic 9m paranoid drug odyssey which takes you on its trip and leaves you strung out. just enough time to recover for side 2 (this is a vinyl experience noobs) and the hook laden Thrill Of It All.

The experimental Supertzar (choirs) and Iam I Going Insane (synth pop) are disposable, while album close The Writ is a bitter cycnical dark and twisted groover. absolutely awesome, all of it.

as if the album needed any more curios, it has bizarre sonic bookends, in the form of a screeching mike and count in at the start and a barely audible jug blowing piano folk stomper (i kid you not) to finish.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their finest hour 28 May 2004
By Gerry
Format:Audio CD
The opener here, "Hole in the Sky" cannot be faulted. The obligatory instrumental follows (all 49 seconds!), providing a wonderful intro to what I believe (yes, maybe it is better than Sabbath Bloody Sabbath) to be Black Sabbath's finest moment - "Symptom of the Universe", outstanding. Listening to this track you are hearing Black Sabbath at their zenith. THe following track "Megalomania" is a great Sabbath track, a good rock standard, but listening to their catalogue chronologically, you will never hear the band top the heights of "Symptom of the Universe" again, although "The Writ" comes close, as does "The Thrill of it All". Supertzar is an interesting instrumental track, with its backing choir, different to the usual little geear ditties. "Am I Going Insane?" is a good song, but not by Black Sabbath standards, and points the direction that the next two albums were to take.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice gatefold edition
Bought to replace lost original vinyl,which is inhouse somewhere.
Nice gatefold edition, with pretty pictures.
Classic Sabbath album what more can I say :)
Published 1 month ago by Jen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Virgilijus
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Published 1 month ago by Anders Thomsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Sabbath Album, ergo best rock album...
I had the immense good fortune to see these old boys knock it out headlining a festival last month with a huge set which got me going back through all the albums. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Håvard Rugeldal
5.0 out of 5 stars Best BLACK SABBATH album
Incredible masterpiece! Best Album from Black Sabbath !Just listen to it carefully, this is a hard rock Abbey Road !
Published 4 months ago by yzzo4people
2.0 out of 5 stars Sabotage
Orchestral arrangements on a Black Sabbath album? I don't think so!!!
Only one decent track really. Not my cup of tea
Published 6 months ago by Steve Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Sabbath album?
This is in my opinion is the best Sabbath album ever, its run close by a few others, most noticeably, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, but for me the power and the quality of the songs and... Read more
Published 9 months ago by baldy
4.0 out of 5 stars sabotage
Another classic from the birmingham rockers,such brilliance from start to finish.a must buy album for any rock fan around the globe.
Published 14 months ago by Mr A POOLE
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavier than most but good
This album has a heavier sound throughout, it's much more "shouty" compared to other Black Sabbath albums. But I like it, it's still got a good variety of melodies and riffs. Read more
Published 14 months ago by M. Cochrane
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