What does it sound like?:
Regular readers will recall last year’s huge Ten Year War box set, which pulled together newly remastered vinyl versions of Sabbath’s seminal run of seventies albums. This new set is something of an addendum to that, collecting as it does the band’s ten seven inch vinyl singles from that same Ozzy era. Each comes in a rare original picture sleeve, chosen from various far flung countries of the world, and there are also five rare radio edits here, together with an excellent in depth booklet documenting the details of the releases. To be fair, the first five records are by the far the strongest, featuring A sides of Evil Woman, Paranoid, Iron Man, Tomorrow’s Dream and the mighty Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. The second five, for me, are rather less compelling, comprising Am I Going Insane. Gypsy, It’s Alright, Never Say Die and finishing with 1978’s Hard Road, this latter release being redeemed by having Symptom of the Universe on its B side. One of the world’s most influential rock/metal bands, captured here in their prime in a format one wouldn’t usually associate them with, and all in pristine sound quality too.
What does it all *mean*?
Obviously this set is aimed at serious Sabbath completists and vinyl collectors, as the tracks have already been available in numerous formats over the years.
Goes well with…
Poring over the minutiae of the band’s back catalogue.
Might suit people who like…
Sabbath, classic heavy rock.