- Audio CD (1 April 2014)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
- Label: Sanctuary
- ASIN: B00022TPSO
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,887 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Black Sabbath Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
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I was a tad skeptical about this release and one reason i didn't rush straight out and buy because i wasn't sure if it was just the same as the single cd,but after reading on the black sabbath forum about the unbelievable quality i had to get it asap.
Ok onto the review.
Well Many cds these days are so poorly re-mastered that great dynamic sounding music seems to be becoming a rarity these days with many artist's back catalogues and indeed new music being butchered and ruined so it fills me with enormous happiness to say this deluxe edition is really quite superb,in fact it's one of the best cds ive ever heard.
Everything about this cd is brilliant,one because it was the first and highly influential album from sabbath and two ive never heard it sound better.
From the opening of black sabbath to the final track of disc one warning i was amazed at how dynamic and powerful sounding this is.
The second cd has outtakes and instrumentals from the album which i found to be excellent especially the studio outtake of black sabbath,at the start you hear ozzy say (and i'll leave out certain words lol) "i dont understand it....i can't remember the words"....it really is priceless and in my opinion worthy of purchase on this reason alone.
Seriously though this is a masterclass in remastering and one that all engineers should take note and learn from.
So if you are a fan of heavy metal or sabbath and you are not quite sure whether to get it then don't wonder anymore just go for it.
Comparing this to the single cd version is like comparing gold to dirt,the single cd is louder,harsh sounding and brittle,this deluxe edirion is pure gold,not at all loud very smooth and rich.
Absolutely brilliant and a pleasure to award it 5 stars!
|Length: 5:54 Mins|
Minor updates to my review. The book I mention towards the end is not Mark Weiss, he was the photographer, I believe. And the poem from the original release *IS* here, but not the upside down cross. That was my error.
Each song on this album is a classic. My favourite is Behind The Wall Of Sleep, a dreamy, dank tale of drugs and death. The riffs are splendiforous, elegaic and very, very heavy. The lyrics are sparse and taut, with Ozzy's unmistakable whining rising up like a phoenix from the flames. This song is a relatively unknown classic, and one of many anti-heroin songs that the band wrote. Others include the fabulous Hand Of Doom from Paranoid, which prove that they were, in fact, a bunch of quiet and loveable cider drinkers...
If you're into Soundgarden circa 'Superunkown' or Metallica pre 'Load' then get into this. It'll make your ears bleed and you'll love every second of it. I guarantee you'll fall in love with this album.
The title track, which opens the album must have sounded revolutionary at the time, thou in 2016 sounds cliched and overused, but a bloody good tune it is. Traces of metals blues roots are to be heard on The Wizard with its use of the harmoica; and also on an elongated version of Aynsley Dunbars Warning. They may sound like they're just "jammimg" but dontcha just love the guitar playing on that one! Also covered is Evil Woman (don't play your games with me). Originally recorded by US pop/rock act Crow; their version was a sizeable hit stateside back in '69.
The track that follows (Sleeping Village) begins quietly before some hard rock guitars take over. Now, this track segues straight into Warning somewhere, but as I own this album on vinyl, I am not sure exactly where or when as there no timing indications on the original LP.
This album is full of great riffs and just as great guitar work as well. Buy this; and own a nice little piece of UK rock history.