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Complete Albums Box 1970-1978 Box set

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Includes: Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Master Of Reality, Black Sabbath Vol. 4, Sabotage, Technical Ecstasy & Never Say Die!

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 15, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 8
  • Format: Box set
  • 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: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00IJMZWKO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,398 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you are already a fan of the band, this set won't provide any new revelations. But it is a nice way to get a complete and consistent set of all the Ozzy era Black Sabbath releases in one place. The discs are housed in cardboard sleeve replicas of the LP's, but they lack inserts with lyrics or any other fold-outs or bonus material. So, it's pretty bare bones.

If you just love their stuff and wanna get your Sabbath on, it will scratch that itch nicely- but that is literally all you will get here.

The remastering of these releases is controversial, and depending on what side of the 'loudness wars' you stand on, they will either sound crisp and punchy to you- or over compressed and shrill. Although it sounds like they are mastered from clean, high quality elements, I do think they do go a little too far with the compression and EQ. Looking at the wave forms, you can see liberal use of brickwall limiting. With moderate use, a limiter can be a great tool. But when used to excess, it can smother an otherwise beautiful recording. It's a shame too, because dynamics are what makes music come alive, and there's a lot of dynamic material here that could really sparkle in the digital format if polished correctly.

Maybe someday fans will get the dream set of all these classic albums on CD, all warm and punchy with dynamics intact. But in lieu of a complete set of newly minted, 180 gram vinyl pressings of all the LP's playing on audiophile gear, this set should at least satisfy the casual listener and introduce the band's catalog to the earbud generation.
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All due respect to Ronnie James Dio and the list of players who joined him and Tony Iommi to keep the Sabbath flag flying after 1978, because I *am* a Dio fan, but.... this is the REAL "Black Sabbath" and it's everything they did during their first run.

Everybody's got their favorite albums -- mine are the debut, "Sabotage" & "Paranoid" -- but the good news here is you don't have to choose since it's all 8 albums the original lineup did from 1970-78.

As others have noted, the packaging here isn't much - just single sleeves for each disc, no liner notes, lyrics or photos - but it's the music that matters and it's all here; every note!

The remastered sound is solid to these ears as I compared the sound on my remastered "Sabotage" and "Volume 4" discs and could tell immediately that the discs from this set sounded better, so I'll be selling those and enjoying the discs in this set instead.

Definitely recommended for anyone looking to complete their collection of 70's Sabbath. Not every album here is what I'd rate as a 5-star release but there is enough good music here to rate it 5 stars overall.
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All the original Ozzy albums with great sound quality. No complaints there.
The packaging is minimal. It's ok for the price of this set, but I expected a little more. The individual sleeves are album replicas but are pretty flimsy and are not gatefold. There are no liner notes or lyrics or photos other than the front and back of the original album covers.
Packaging aside this is a great set for anyone who doesn't have these albums or is replacing vinyls.
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Hello folks,
Where the Deep Purple Boxed set to me suffered from the sonic make-over done by Warner Brothers, the opposite is true for these classic Black Sabbath albums...At the expense of a little bottom-end-thunder, clarity that I didn't think possible has been found on these albums, particularly Paranoid, Master of Reality, & Vol.4. The self titled debut album always sounded fantastic to me, as with the others there-after being acceptable.

Anyhow, these albums are the USA releases, & there are some song title irregularities & some song substitutions occurring when compare to the releases found elsewhere in the world, an example being the inclusion of Wicked World in exchange for Evil Woman off the debut album.

It's very pleasing however to acquire these classics in one neat little CD Boxed-set, & it's also very reasonably priced, so I see it as great value for your dollars spent. These recordings are priceless masterpieces that like the Deep Purple releases, provide you with the genesis of hard rock & heavy metal, which continue to dominate record sales to this day.

Enjoy this one folks, it's a real treat !
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What can say about the first eight legendary sabbath albums and first Ozzy era, that hasn't been said before. Don't know if this is the first time release all together but its about time. If your a metalhead or just a rock or classic rock lover and haven't heard nothing by black sabbath but paranoid and iron man which are both on the paranoid album, check these underrated classics out. Black sabbath is just under Led zeppelin and Pantera for me as being my favorite band. And classic albums like Vol.4, sabbath bloody sabbath, and sabotage etc. are the reason. Its a shame they don't play anything on the radio but the paranoid album. I think their better stuff came with later albums, but paranoid is still a classic album. Even underrated albums like Never say die, and technical ecstasy need some love and have some really cool underrated and more of a experimental songs on it but rock in a way only black sabbath can. If your looking for something to rock and have repeat listens check this box set out!
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