BlAck sAB­BAth

the Ul­tI­mate col­lec­tIon

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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.

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