What does it sound like?:
Often copied, never bettered – there’s no doubt Black Sabbath are one of the most influential hard rock bands to emerge from this country.
This compilation comes to tie in with their current world tour, and as such covers material from only the Ozzy years, although oddly there’s nothing here from their most recent ‘reformation’ album, presumably due to a different label being involved.
Nevertheless, this is an excellent summation of the essential Sabbath tracks from their most creative era, the majority of which are still as vital today as they were when first released back in the seventies. As always, there are one or two personal favourites you wish had been included, eg Supernaut, Sabbra Cadabbra, and one or two that could quite easily have been omitted, but that’s a small gripe really. Otherwise, everything you’d expect to find on this album is present and correct, and it sounds great, even after forty years or so!
What does it all *mean*?
These songs are still essential listening and a great way to get the cream of the repertoire that still makes up the majority of their live shows today.
Goes well with…
Hard rock, metal, whatever label you want to put on it.
Might suit people who like…
Great riffs, great atmosphere.