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Album Box Set [Box set, Import]

Black SabbathVinyl
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Black Sabbath is credited with creating heavy metal. The success of their first two albums - Black Sabbath and Paranoid - marked a paradigm shift in the world of rock. Not until Black Sabbath upended the music scene did the term “heavy metal” enter the popular vocabulary to describe the denser, more thunderous offshoot of rock over which they presided.

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Product Details

  • Vinyl (December 18, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sanctuary UK
  • ASIN: B009S2U74K
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,351 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

One year on from the band's momentous 11.11.11 reunion announcement, 'The Vinyl Collection: 1970-1978' celebrates the might of the all-conquering original Black Sabbath line-up combining the complete Ozzy-era studio albums re-mastered from the band's personal archives, and encased in a mighty box set package. Beginning with the band's eponymous debut album, the set includes Paranoid, Master of Reality, Volume 4, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Sabotage, Technical Ecstasy and Never Say Die, before culminating in the only Black Sabbath live album to feature the legendary original line-up, Live At Last. The 9-LP set features complete reproductions of the original LP album releases including posters and inserts, a hard-backed book containing all of the bands '70's tour programmes, plus a 7" vinyl of debut single Evil Woman and non-album B-side Wicked World. The set is completed by a Back to Black download voucher allowing easy download of the complete box-set contents.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ARE THESE THE SAME VERSIONS FROM 2009??? June 5, 2013
By Sabbboy
Are these remasters different from the ones Sanctuary/Universal did in 2009? I bought them one at a time and am wondering what, if any, the differences are with this box set. I did see closeups of some of the labels that someone had on Ebay of a damaged set of the new set and they look awfully close, if not identical, to my 2009 LPs.
Also, is this box set using original UK album art versions as opposed to US versions in 2009? I say this mostly due to the "Master of Reality" version in 2009 using the true purple color I'm accustomed to for the past 40+ years and this new one using a pinkish/purple color. I would have to look at the others to notice any other differences in the artwork.
As far as the price, it is still too high! I paid ~25 a piece for the original 8, $200. Don't you usually get a break for a whole set? So for an additional $150, you get Live at Last (PASS), one 45 & a book. The book is a good idea. Why not throw something else in, like a complete Sabbath video collection? (Everyone knows the ones released from 80s & 90s just had short edits from each video; the whole videos must exist somewhere!)

UPDATED 6/13/13:

Getting to the actual contents of this item, the purple & black boxes are very attractive. I believe the records themselves, at least the first eight, to be identical to the UMC/Sanctuary ones from 2009 with the exception of a tiny 2012 at the bottom of each disc instead of a 2009. They look identical, sound identical. The big difference; the 2009 ones used far superior materials for the jackets. They are much thicker, had the same vast liner notes from the cd releases, just substantially better. I realize the goal was to mimic the originals, but these 2012 jackets are cheap flimsy versions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great set but... June 8, 2013
This is an awesome set from Black Sabbath. I bought this hoping to build my collection and also for the great version of "Technical Ecstasy" included. I have the release's from 2009 and they are all very close in sound. I am kind of baffled because, like I said, they are close. The first four are very close, aside from the new box set seeming to be a little brighter (more highs)then you get to "Sabbath, Bloody, Sabbath". The new version is not good. Just get a copy of the reissue or a scratchy original from anytime and you WILL hear the difference. he new version seems very thin and not well defined. From that point on the last four are magnificent. "Technical Ecstasy" and "Never Say Die" are immaculate!

I am happy with this set as a collector, but I can also empathize with those who think the price of admission is a little too steep. The book and forty five just don't cover the difference.. I love box sets so I am little bit biased in my desire for these things!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Great March 24, 2013
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Excellent box set, it's a must have for those who loves vinyls and Black Sabbath, the sound of the LPS's it's simply amazing, very good book with Sabbath's tour dates in the 70's, also the discs pressing it's good, it feels that you just bought them at that time
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SOUND AND PRESENTATION April 17, 2013
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
This box set it's how this meant to be. Black Sabbath is good in vinyl no matter how many CD remasters exists.
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I do! I'd say this is worth around $200-$250. As much as I love Ozzy era Sabbath, I think I'll let this one go unless the price drops to a reasonable amount.
Nov 20, 2012 by R. Stefani |  See all 8 posts
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