What does it sound like?:
Sabotage occupies a bit of an odd place in the Sabbath canon, not as good as its world beating predecessors when the band were really firing, but better in the main than the run of albums that came after it. It was recorded at a time the band were mired in legal ructions with their ex-manager, and also seemed to catch the band somewhat between two musical stools, with metal and prog influences vying for supremacy. For me, there are two stone cold classics on this remastered version of the original 1975 release in Hole In The Sky and Symptom Of The Universe, a couple of decent efforts in The Writ and Am I Going Insane and a handful of fairly run of the mill songs which realistically you’re unlikely to listen to too often. The set is fleshed out by a full live show from the band’s US tour from that same year, which is actually very good indeed, containing a smattering (4 songs) from Sabotage, plus a very generous helping of road tested crowd pleasers from their earlier albums. As usual with these sets, there’s a whole bundle of memorabilia that comes with the package, including an excellent forty page book on the making of the album and a replica of the tour programme from a show at Madison Square Garden – they even throw in a seven inch single too for good measure. These sets are quite pricey, but if you’re a Sabbath devotee you’ll want to own it of course – the passing of the years hasn’t improved that cover though!
What does it all *mean*?
The live show is the highlight of this deluxe edition, being superior to the actual studio album itself. A real find!
Goes well with…
Pondering the continuing non-appearance of a SDE for Masters of Reality.
Might suit people who like…
Sabbath, prime genre defining metal.