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Album Box Set
Vinyl | 7" vinyl, Import, Box Set
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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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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!)
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. Most of them I had a hard time fitting the record & sleeve into the jacket. If anyone is interested, the 2009 versions are available thru amazons sellers - search by 2009 vinyl. The 45 7 inch is nice, albeit a foreign version of the picture sleeve I think. The '71 Master of Reality poster is on very thin shiny paper compared to the original matte finished one on thick paper. The best part of this set, however, is the book. Hardcover, the reproductions on this are great. They didn't cheap out here; they used thick paper and the graphics look like they were just done for a newly published coffee table book. Overall, I like the set, but it's an artifact. It will look great on the shelf. I will read the book while I listen to the similar sanctuary CD versions of the first eight. Who wants to wear out the grooves of an artifact?
Finally, I wanted to address the shipping of my set as there appear to be issues with people receiving many damaged sets. My seller(from Ebay) completely repackaged the contents (their policy on heavy box sets unless requested not to) to try to avoid damage and it worked as this set travelled 3000+ miles from CA to PA. Result; NO DAMAGE whatsoever! The trick in my view: They put peanuts at the bottom of the box and the top of the box to minimize crushed corners. The inner box had the book on the bottom with each record & sleeve taken out of its own jacket next. This way any movement will not cause the records (which are like knives) to slice thru the jackets. Lastly, the empty purple & black boxes sat on top of the inner box & then your top peanuts. Throw a little luck in, but no damage. I also want to respond to the genius who commented under the "damaged" review that if an outer box is perfect and the contents are damaged, there's no way it happened in shipping, but in the factory. Are you kidding me? Did you not ever shake any box until you broke what was inside; but the box itself is fine. Get a grip! The heavy LPs are slicing jackets & boxes from the movement going on inside. If you order this box, have the seller repackage as explained above.
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!