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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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  • Audio CD (March 14, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 1970
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000E6EHHM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,568 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Black Sabbath
2. N.I.B.
3. Wizard
4. War Pigs
5. Paranoid
6. Iron Man
7. Sweet Leaf
8. Children of the Grave
9. Changes
10. Snowblind
11. Supernaut
12. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
13. Hole in the Sky
14. Rock 'N' Roll Doctor
15. Never Say Die
16. Dirty Women

Editorial Reviews

The original Black Sabbath lineup includes Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Lommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward. Four childhood friends from the north of England-grew out of the UK's late-60s blues/hard rock scene, which also included Led Zeppelin, Cream, Blue Cheer, and other greats. Sabbath's sweeping and masterful metamorphosis away from that tradition spawned heavy metal music, inventing the template for everything that would follow. With crushing rhythms, torpedo riffs, haunting songs, and Ozzy's other-worldly vocals, the band conjured a dark, menacing, and resonant sound that reverberates still. Rhino. 2006.

Customer Reviews

Do not buy this CD, it is edited for worst, cutting suddenly the songs; buy Masters of the universe instead.
Jesus Garza
From Master of Reality we have "Sweet Leaf" & Children of the Grave". From Vol. 4 we have "Changes", Snowblind" & "Supernaut".
Harry Brewer
You COULD buy this album, but then again you could do a lot of things that I wouldn't advise... it's your life, man.
wally gator

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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Michael Crisler on March 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Do not buy this cd unless you prefer to hear classic songs like "Iron Man" fade out two-thirds of the way through the track. What's the point of re-mastering songs for a great album oriented group like Black Sabbath and then do a hatchet job on the tracks you love the most? The generous full 80 minute length was nice until I discovered I'd been had by the butchered tracks. Buyer beware!!
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Sabbboy on March 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I don't know what the moronic executive producer of this, Sharon Osbourne, was thinking when she decided to cut Ironman in half, it isn't even faded properly, but what a mistake. The target audience of this i would presume is either completist Sabbath collectors who buy everything(like myself) or novice fans who will make this their first and only Black Sabbath purchase. Perhaps the greedy witch Sharon wants them to buy the previously released double greatest hits cd or maybe even the $100 black box to get the full version of Ironman. What a disgrace! I wonder if Ozzy and the other Sabbs(Tony, Geezer & Bill) know about this? Sharon Osbourne as chief power broker of all things Sabbath is the best and worst thing that has happened to the band. They've received lots of pub and a myriad of product releases that only a few years ago seemed unthinkable. On the other hand, they, because of her, now seem as just another money grubbing band looking for one more payday. You want more stuff; OK, but you're going to pay big time! I could imagine what is next to be released by the witch. 1. Color version of "Never say die" from BBC's Top of the pops, 2. 1974 Cal Jam, 3. 1975 Rock Concert followed by each one they did thereafter, 4. How about Sabbath ballads from 1970-78. Disgraceful.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By T. Kelly on May 1, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Great reviews from everyone. Why didn't I read them before buying this mistake??!!! Iron Man is my favorite Sabbath tune. Why did they have to edit this one??!!! It did, however, prompt me to go out and immediately purchase a fresh 'Paranoid' CD! What a classic ... Iron Man, War Pigs, Electric Funeral ... it doesn't get any better than that. I'm a huge Zeppelin fan, but 'Paranoid' stands up to any Zep album ... plain and simple. ROCK ON, Guys!!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Micaloneus on March 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Black Sabbath (along w/ Led Zeppelin & Deep Purple) are the kings of hard rock, but this collection does not serve Sabbath well at all. For example, you don't fade out "Iron Man," that's like fading Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" or Purple's "Child In Time." A big, big mistake. Well, I guess Ms. Osbourne is just putting this "money maker" out in time for that Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ritual.

Honestly, far too many important songs are missing, you'd be better off buying the "Symptom of the Universe" two disc set from a few years back. Matter of fact, Rhino really needs to put together a two disc set of Deep Purple. One disc covering these great bands is inadequate to say the least.

Buyer beware.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bob McNeely on July 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I wish I would have read the reviews for this album, because if I had, I never would have bought it. Sure, it has a lot of great songs on it, but why in the hell would you butcher one of the greatest songs ever? Iron Man was the first Sabbath song I ever heard. In my opinion, it is possibly their best tune, and it is DESTROYED on this album. -WHAT THE !@$#? There are also a few songs that should not be on this album and a few that aren't, but should be. If you're just a casual Sabbath fan and don't mind the butcher getting a hold of Iron Man, this would not be a bad album for you. If you are a serious Sabbath fan, or you want to hear their music in its glorious entirety, I would suggest We Sold Our Soul For Rock N Roll (GREAT ALBUM)!!!

I have also seen good reviews for Symptom Of The Universe, but I haven't heard that album yet. You may want to check that one out as well.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Goyer on March 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
As a huge Sabbath fan,most of these songs are stellar and timeless. It's a bit irksome however to bypass such Sabbath staples as "Fairies Wear Boots" ('Paranoid'; 1970) and "Into The Void"('Master Of Reality'; 1971) in favor of "Rock 'N Roll Doctor" (a so-so track from 1976's 'Technical Ecstacy'),or even "Hole In The Sky"(from 1975's 'Sabotage'). Even "Am I Going Insane(Radio)" or "Symptom Of The Universe" from 'Sabotage' would have much more fitting. Indeed; the edit/fade-out for "Iron Man" is utter sacrilege. It's like editing "Satisfaction" by The Stones. What's the deal there?

"Dirty Women" is an o.k. song,but only one song from 'Technical Ecstacy' would hit the spot. This album is where Sabbath began to lose their way a bit,but still an interesting album nonetheless... If I were to create a 16-track Sabbath single-disc best-of (time constraints for an 80-minute CD aside) it would run something like this:

1.)Black Sabbath

2.)The Wizard

3.)N.I.B.

4.)Paranoid

5.)War Pigs

6.)Iron Man (full-version)

7.)Fairies Wear Boots

8.)Sweet Leaf

9.)Into The Void

10.)Children Of The Grave

11.)Tomorrow's Dream

12.)Supernaut

13.)Sabbath,Bloody Sabbath

14.)Symptom Of The Universe

15.)Dirty Women

16.)Never Say Die

Something like that...

Not a terrible introduction of classic Sabbs,but even the old,compressed onto a single disc double-album best-of 'We've Sold Our Soul For Rock 'N Roll' is better than this (even though that album only covers the years 1970-1975)..

Not a bad best-of,'Greatest Hits 1970-1978',but not all that great either.
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