We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
I'm not sure what originally attracted me to the vinyl album in the first place. I was a little nervous because I was not a Black Sabbath fan, and wasn't sure what I was going to get. However, a friend of mine had recommended the group to me and I thought, why not?
From the moment "Black Sabbath" began to play, I was hooked. The heavy bass, the drums, a full heavy sound, and yet so sparse, was outstanding. Looking back when I bought this on vinyl, I was into The Moody Blues and King Crimson, which we now recognize as progressive rock, and listening to Black Sabbath, I see some of the elements I liked so much in progressive rock.
While I still have the vinyl album, I had to have the CD because of its portability. The only regret I have is that two songs were dropped from the dual album set, "Warning" and the awesome, uncharacteristically acoustic, "Laguna Sunrise". I miss both of these and will have to buy the CDs from whence they came.
If you are a hard-core Black Sabbath fan, then there is probably no point in you owning this CD unless you just have to have everything they ever recorded. Or perhaps, as another reviewer noted, you were looking for something to play at a party that is a Sabbath mix. On the flip side, if you are a casual Black Sabbath fan, then this could really be a good CD for you. However, Black Sabbath is like many great groups in that a "best of" collection really catches only a fragment of the quality of their music. This group is an album group, and not really a collection group.
There is no point in reviewing the individual songs. I like every one. They are fun, full of bass, heavy lead guitar riffs, and drums that beat into and out of the songs to give a flavor that is hard to believe from typically three instruments. There are whimsical songs ("Fairies Wear Boots", "Am I Going Insane") that are just plain fun. Songs of warning ("War Pigs", "Iron Man"), and even a ballad ("Changes"). If you have wondered about the roots of metal, look no more, you've pretty much found the tap root. Sit back, crank up the bass, and enjoy.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2000
'We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n' Roll' was my first introduction to Black Sabbath, and it remained my sole Sabbath record for quite some time.
As a greatest hits compilation from Black Sabbath's classic first six albums, it is an extremely well-chosen collection of what represents most of what early Sabbath had to offer. For hard-core fans, you should get all six early albums separately and in their entirety. But for those wanting an excellent introduction to the band, it's hard to think of more worthy selections than the ones here to put on a single CD.
A disproportionate number of cuts are from 'Paranoid', Sabbath's second (and best, in my opinion) record. In fact, if I could take only one classic Sabbath record to a desert island, 'Paranoid' would be it. But if I could take 'We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'N' Roll', I'd take it over any of the single LP's in a heartbeat.
Hey, a CD is only 74 minutes long, so as controversial as it is, some great music from the first six records just had to be left off. Sadly, what isn't here include: 'Supernaut', 'Supertzar', 'Wicked World', 'Hole in the Sky', 'Symptom of the Universe' and 'Megalomania'. Of these, 'Megalomania' might be the biggest omission, but it's also a long song and including it would have meant not including possibly two of the great ones that were included. NOTE: the original double-lp set included the cuts, 'Laguna Sunrise' and 'Warning'. Due to the 74min capacity of a single compact disc, these cuts were omitted from the CD version. Regrettable, but these were probably the cuts I would have eliminated if given the choice.
In summary, 'We Sold our Souls for Rock 'n' Roll' is an extremely well-chosen collection of classic Sabbath from the early 70's. It includes much if not most of their best work in a very accessible single-CD format. It's also an excellent introduction to the band.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2004
Here's where metal all began. Doom, Black metal, Death metal...so many genres began with Sabbath. We Sold Our Souls For Rock 'N' Roll is very good place to start a Sabbath collection. Features all their more well known songs such as Paranoid, Iron Man, Changes...etc. A little disappointed that some of the songs that were just as good but not as popular were left out. Also no songs from the Dio era of Sabbath, I admit that that's not such a big deal though since they only had one good album with him. Again, a great place to start but I would recommend getting the actual albums too. Every Sabbath album is meant to be taken as a whole and, while the songs sound good apart from each other, your missing part of the experience if you just hear one or two songs of a particular album. It's been more than 30 years since Sabbath started and they are still one of the best. Very few have ever been able to match the ambiance, art and effect Sabbath achieved. Their material is as powerful in 2004 as it was 1970.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2002
The U.S. version of this album edits out 3 songs ("Warning", "Wicked World", and "Languana Sunrise") from the orignial double LP in order to cram it onto one CD. This was kind of standard procedure when CD's first debuted in the mid-80's, but with the recent Black Sabbath reunion tour and the suddenly ubiquitous Ozzy Osbourne & family, you woulda thunk they'd have struck while the iron was hot and given this classic the overhaul it deserves by now.
Fortunately, there is a digitally remastered reissue that restores the album to all its two-disc glory, but it's available only as a pricey import (it is available here on Amazon). Seek it out, it's well worth it. Mind you, there's absolutely nothing wrong with the 14 songs on this shorter version, it's just that I could never be satisfied with it when I know that a better version exists out there.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2001
Man, this CD rocks. I was afraid it would suck when I bought it, but this is now one of my all-time fav CDs. It's very powerful and each song is different and worthy of being on this 'Best Of' collection. All Sabbath needs to do now is come out with 'We Sold Our Sold For Rock 'N' Roll 2.' That would be sweet. If you like any Metal or Hard Rock, then this CD will complete your collection. The highlights are Iron Man, Paranoid, Children of the Grave, The Wizard, War Pigs, Black Sabbath, N.I.B...oh hell, every song on the CD is excellent. Tony Iommi is awesome on guitar and does great on his distorded rhythm and powerful lead. Ozzy's voice is...well, i can't describe it, but he fits perfectly with Black Sabbath. If you watched THE 100 GREATEST ARTISTS OF HARD ROCK on VH1, you would have seen that Black Sabbath came in at #2, with Led Zeppelin at #1. Personally, I think they are a tie for the best hard rock band. Anyway, if you have Napster, download some songs off of here and you will see that Black Sabbath rocks, and that this is the CD to have.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2005
A good introduction to Black Sabbath in all their sabbathy wonder. It's got all the classics here (well not ALL), as well as a few others that are just as good. I would've liked to see Electric Funeral on here, however.

1. Black Sabbath- 5/5 Creepy and awesome. The vocals here are chilling.

2. The Wizard- 4/5 Haven't heard another song that rocks as hard with a harmonica.

3. Paranoid- 5/5 Yeaaaaahh!!! Who doesn't love this one?

4. War Pigs- 5/5 Powerful.

5. Iron Man- 5/5 Definitely one of my favorite Black Sabbath songs, awesome riff.

6. Tomorrow's Dream- 3/5 Doesn't really stand out, but give it a listen anyway.

7. Fairies Wear Boots- 5/5 A nice weird song you can listen to over and over again.

8. Changes- 4/5 A good ballad. No guitars here though.

9. Sweet Leaf- 4/5 hahahaha... Ozzy loves his sweet leaf.

10. Children of the Grave- 5/5 Really good heavy song.

11. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath- 5/5 I just might love this one more than iron man. If you don't like this song than just stay away from Black Sabbath.

12. Am I Going Insane-3/5 A change of pace here, not that bad.

13. Snowblind- 5/5 Another classic.

14. N.I.B.- 5/5 The best song to end this cd. It's evil I tell you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2004
This is a good place to get a first taste of the band that invented heavy metal, bar none. I have gone through several LPs and cassettes of this over the years before finally getting the CD. It's also much cheaper than the recently released "Symptom Of The Universe" set, if less comprehensive (that set covers the entire Ozzy Osbourne period, this one only goes up to 1975's "Sabotage").
From what I have read from interviews with the band, the Sabs really had no involvement with putting the compilation together, but nonetheless the person(s) involved generally showed good taste and judgement. Most of the tracks are drawn from "Black Sabbath," "Paranoid," "Master of Reality" and "Volume 4," with one track each from "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" (the killer title cut) and "Sabotage" (the utterly stupid "Am I Going Insane (Radio)").
Get this together with the phenomenal Dio-era "Live Evil" to begin exploring Sabbath, and then be adventurous and give a good, fair listen to the other Dio-era discs, along with the Tony Martin, Ian Gillan and Glenn Hughes-fronted lineups rather than just say "Black Sabbath is Ozzy and Ozzy is Black Sabbath, everything else stinks," as is politically correct to say. If you're open-minded to excellent heavy metal music, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
So, with my praise for this disc, why only three stars?
First of all, though I respect him for his role in making Sabbath what they are, I just don't understand the adulation over Ozzy Osbourne. He is not a singer (though he IS an entertainer) and played very little role in the actual songwriting. I believe what really made the early Sabbath great was the instrumental interplay between Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward.
Second, the CD release of this album cuts out "Warning" (an extended jam from the first LP) and "Laguna Sunrise" (an exquisite Tony Iommi acoustic guitar solo from "Volume 4") from the original release. There are other cuts that could have been elbowed to make way for these two - the aforementioned "Am I Going Insane?" and the braying "Changes" (for that matter, some of the heavier cuts from "Sabotage" should have been included - "Hole In The Sky" and "Symptom Of The Universe" are essential Sabbath).
Get this, then dig deeper.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2004
Many reviewers point out that this is the great place to start. Needless to say, they are right! Over the years I have been only familiar with "Paranoid", "War Pigs" and "Iron Man". My buddy who's the biggest Ozzy/Sabbath fan in the world got me hooked on them now. "Sweet Leaf" and "Am I Going Insane" and others are perfect to shoot pool to and to hang out in bars. I had just seen the original lineup at Ozzfest last month for the first time and after seeing their show I bought this right away. You can't go wrong with the never aging music (although most of the band except Ozzy looks aged, no offense to all) of Sabbath with this. Ward's drumming, Iommi's haunting guitar and Ozzy's screams are a great combination. So pop this in now and turn it up. Rock on, and GO CRAZZZY!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2000
'We Sold Our Soul For Rock 'n' Roll'. Luckily, I bought this after I'd pretty much got all the albums its content is derived from. If you're a newcomer to Sabbath, only after a tape/CD of theirs to play at a party or if you just want to have one Black Sabbath overview in your collection then fine; I suppose this is what you'd probably stick with. But for me and (hopefully) other self-respecting Black Sabbath fans, this is only a so-so double-set choice and it's not a true ambassador of the group's power and repertoire. I understand the constraints present in CD technology at the time this went to press (back then 'Warning' and 'Laguna Sunrise' had to be struck off), but why couldn't Warner Bro.s have just splashed out on a dare and made it a three LP set back in 1976 and not a double in the first place?
To be sure, there's some fine tunage on here. 'Black Sabbath', 'The Wizard', 'N.I.B.', 'War Pigs', 'Paranoid', 'Sweet Leaf', but only the first two albums are given serious attention. 'Warning' might demonstrate Sabbath's origins in blues but, at ten minutes plus, it kills space that could have been given over to, say, 'Lord of This World' and 'Symptom of the Universe'. Weeping over the imperfect choice of tracks lifted from 'Volume Four' is pointless because that album has to be treated as an independent masterpiece, but the choice of the rest of the tracks is generally just ratable as being 'somewhat good' in my book. The scope of the recording is too limited and there's much that's missing. You have to wonder if any consideration was given for 'A National Acrobat', 'Planet Caravan', 'After Forever', 'Into the Void', 'Supernaut', 'Hand of Doom' or 'The Writ'.
Although crafted with the best intentions (to cash in on the glory by lifting only Black Sabbath's most commercially successful pieces plus one or two offbeaters), 'We Sold Our Soul....' is for the casual fan who will never understand why the hardliner fan might scowl at the track selection. Simply by their nature, greatest hits jobs just can't stretch to satisfy far beyond the 'mainstream' core and into the special interest suburbs. It's your money; do as you will and live with the consequences but there are other ways to sample a general slice of Sabbath. Castle Records has a few releases that should be of interest here. Try their 'Black Sabbath - The Collection' and, together with 'W.S.O.S.F.R.&R.', you'll have a much healthier perspective on what Sabbath once stood for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2002
Up until I borrowed this CD from my uncle's friend, I really didn't know many Sabb songs. Now, I know 14. This CD, really introduces the new Sabbath listener to hard core, dark metal. These were Ozzy and Sabbath's greatest songs! My favorites are "The Wizard", "War Pigs", "Paranoid" and of course, "Ironman"! Now, this might discard me from the Sabbath fan world, but I ended up burning (not literally) this CD, so I don't have the original copy of it, so there you have it. I still love it though. The one complaint was why couldn't they make the recordings sound better. I mean most of the songs, have some like missing elements and in/out sounds. Anyway, buy this if you are a new fan of metal, or if you love Sabbath or any of the Ozzman's solo stuff, because believe it or not, ladies and germs, this is where he got his start! BUY NOW!
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