the UltImate collectIon
As the 60s became the 70s, so white blues became rock, and bands like Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath took over where Cream had left off. Brummy boys Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward and Tony Iommi’s debut, 1970’s Black Sabbath was perhaps the first to turn rock into metal with its dark riffs and pointed lyrics. As the decades came and went so did personnel, with line-up changes including Ozzy’s dismissal, subsequent solo career and eventual reunion with his bandmates. As they embark on a ‘last ever tour’ in January, so the time for a reappraisal of Black Sabbath’s output seems ripe. The Ultimate Collection double CD and four-album vinyl set includes the inevitable Paranoid, Iron Man and War Pigs, but also tracks from their many fine albums. True, you love ’em or you’ve probably never listened to a single album, but with 75 million sales, 24 platinum discs collected and a roster of rock royalty fans, we suggest you give The Sabs another try.