Black Sab­bath

The Ten Year War

Total Guitar - - MONITOR -

Yes it’s £195, but if you’re build­ing a vinyl col­lec­tion and you want to do it right, this is a spe­cial slice of Sab­bathy good­ness to in­vest in. The first eight al­bums with Ozzy, re­mas­tered by Andy Pearce and pressed on 180-gram, splat­ter­coloured vinyl with box art by Obey’s Shep­ard Fairey. There are reis­sues of the Ja­panese EvilWo­man and Chilean Para­noid 7-inches, re­pros of a ’78 tour poster and tour pro­gramme. And then the USB stick to end all USB sticks: a cru­ci­fix-shaped beauty con­tain­ing the eight al­bums in Mas­ter Qual­ity Au­dio Flacs. We haven’t even men­tioned the ac­tual mu­sic yet! Ev­ery fan of heavy mu­sic must own the first six here – MasterOfReal­ity should ap­pear in dic­tio­nar­ies un­der the def­i­ni­tion of the word ‘riff’. A lov­ingly-pack­aged set, then, and all that’s miss­ing in the tale of es­sen­tial Sab­bath are the Dio chap­ters – per­haps that’s still to come. Rob Laing

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