Complete Albums Box 1970-1978 Box set
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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.
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.
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.
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 !
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The only gripe I have is that the digital version of the first disc (the self-titled Black Sabbath) doesn't have the last track that is present on the box set discs (Evil Woman). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeffrey K French
Was hesitant to buy this one, but glad I did. Everything up until the last album is excellent. The last album gets a little too experimental.Published 5 months ago by Timothy Hale
This is a nice box of the first eight LPs on CD (Ozzy era). The best part of it is they did the CDs on the original labels they came out with originally on LP. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sabbboy
You'd only get the music if you were a fan, so of course I like it. One issue tho' the songs aren't broken out into individual albums which means on mp3 you hear them any old which... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Essential issue of the Black Sabbath parabola. Sound quality is poor. I am going to look for a Comparable Japanese release.Any fan needs to have all of these albums. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Darin Pierce
Awesome set.. awesome albums... you all know the albums.... you all know the band..... you all know that if you want them on cd with original album cover art work at a super deal... Read morePublished 9 months ago by thekidnewyork
As other reviewers have said, this set does not even have booklets, just cardboard slips for each CD. However, the music's worth it, very clear sounding.Published 12 months ago by Egdares Futch Higueros