Thursday, June 25, 2009

Classic Black Sabbath Albums To Be Reissued June 29th

On June 29th, Sanctuary/Universal Music UK is releasing Deluxe CD and LP Editions of the following Black Sabbath titles: Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid and Master Of Reality (1971). The reissues are detailed below:

Black Sabbath was released in the United Kingdom on Friday the 13th of February 1970. The album is often regarded as one of the first heavy metal albums. Black Sabbath reached number eight on the UK Album Chart. Following its US release in May 1970 by Warner Bros. Records, the album reached number 23 on the Billboard 200, where it remained for over a year, selling a million copies.

In August 1969 the band, who were then known as Earth, decided to change their name to Black Sabbath.In December 1969 they recorded and released their debut single, 'Evil Woman'. In January 1970, the band recorded and mixed the remaining seven songs that would appear on their debut album. The songs were recorded "live" and the entire process took just three days.

Guitarist Tony Iommi recalls recording live: "We thought 'We have two days to do it and one of the days is mixing.' So we played live. Ozzy was singing at the same time, we just put him in a separate booth and off we went. We never had a second run of most of the stuff.

This deluxe two-CD and LP editions comes remastered with a bonus disc of unreleased material, new notes by David Wells and a booklet full of rare photos and memorbilia.


Disc 1
'Black Sabbath'
'The Wizard'
'Behind The Wall Of Sleep'
'Evil Woman, Don't Play Your Games With Me'
'Sleeping Village'

Disc 2
'Wicked World'
'Black Sabbath' (Minus Rain and with Alternative Lyrics)
'Black Sabbath' (Instrumental)
'The Wizard (With Jocular Banter)
'Behind The Wall Of Sleep' (With "Dry" Vocal)
'N.I.B.' (Alternative Mix)
'Evil Woman, Don't Play Your Games With Me' (With Horns & Flute)
'Sleeping Village' (Alternative Mix)
'Warning' (part 1)

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