BLACK SAB­BATH

Su­per­sonic Years – The Seven­ties Sin­gles Box Set BMG Metal’s found­ing fa­thers get revved up to 45rpm

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Reviews -

Black Sab­bath were

never re­garded as a sin­gles band in the 70s; it was through those iconic al­bums that they built their in­com­pa­ra­ble rep­u­ta­tion. how­ever, that should never de­tract from the fact the band still re­leased some fine sin­gles dur­ing this hal­cyon pe­riod. This box set col­lects to­gether all of Black Sab­bath’s 10 sev­eninch sin­gles put out dur­ing that decade, which come from seven of their eight al­bums (the band re­fused to have a sin­gle taken from Mas­ter Of Re­al­ity). More­over, each record comes in a rare pic­ture sleeve, and there are also liner notes giv­ing in­sight into the songs. What makes it even more interesting for fans is that four of the sin­gles have ed­its that are usu­ally a lit­tle hard to find. And to en­sure the best pos­si­ble au­dio qual­ity, all 20 tracks have been care­fully re­mas­tered by Andy Pearce, who has worked on the band’s cat­a­logue for a long time.

Of course, the songs here are very well known, but it’s in­trigu­ing to see the way in which the A-sides are nicely com­ple­mented by the choices on the B-side. Wicked World works im­pres­sively with Evil Wo­man (Don’t You Play Your Games With Me) – which was the first Sab­bath sin­gle in 1970 – and The Wiz­ard was a fine se­lec­tion for Para­noid.

As for the ed­its, you’ll find them on Iron Man, Sab­bath Bloody Sab­bath, Am I Go­ing In­sane and Hard Road. The last one also fea­tures an edit on the B-side Symp­tom Of The Uni­verse, and all help you ap­pre­ci­ate that, while Sab­bath may have in­vented metal, they also un­der­stood the power of a good tune.

FOR FANS OF: LED ZEP­PELIN, IRON MAIDEN, ME­TAL­LICA

MAL­COLM DOME

Black Sab­bath:

all hail

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