Symptom of the Universe: The Original Black Sabbath 1970-1978 Original recording remastered
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Normally I don't like packages like this, because it strikes me as an attempt to get folks to just buy the same songs again. However, this time it's most definitely worth it. This isn't just a standard repackage. This set does have the songs that we know well, but these are a new remastering of the songs. This has nothing to do with the 1996 Castle Communications remaster of the albums from 1970-1987. These are NEW remasters taken from the original Warner Bros Master tapes (indeed, this bears the Warner Bros logo as well as the Rhino one). In fact, I was informed this week that the 96 Castle remasters were not "authorized" by the band - it was one of those record label things. It's not like they're illegal or something, but not a "band sponsored" item.
Anyway, the fidelity on these is quite quite spectacular. I've been listening to Sabbath since 1981, so I'm familiar with the songs, and I have to say, I've heard some bits on here that I've never heard before. They're quite astonishing. I'm not normally one to recommend a package such as this, but I can wholeheartedly recommend this package - even if you own the Castle remasters. Also, while I've not been given any formal information stating as such, one can speculate that since the songs have been remastered again from the Warner masters, you have to wonder if a reissue of the albums themselves are on the books? I don't have any info that says they will, but if so, I'll be sure to pass it on.Read more ›
Black Sabbath was one of the original bands who started the genre of heavy metal. Their music was slow and grungy with sledgehammer riffs. Ozzy became somewhat of a folk hero due to his legendary unpredictable on and offstage antics. His charisma provided a focal point for the band even if guitarist Tony Iommi was the real leader and bassist Geezer Butler provided the majority of the lyrics. Radio favorites like "Paranoid", "Iron Man" and "Children Of The Grave" remain in Ozzy's solo set lists to this day. The best part of the set is rediscovering the lost favorites of old like "The Wizard", "Fairies Wear Boots", "Sweet Leaf", "Supernaut", "Sabbra Cadabra" and "Hole In The Sky". The band were never flashy in the current sense but their bludgeoning style won them many fans. While never critical darlings, they have proven to be highly influential. They were one the first bands to capitalize on a demonic/occult image. This image influenced many later bands such as Venom, Slayer, Mercyful Fate and a host of other foreign Black Metal bands. This is evident in songs like "Black Sabbath", "N.I.B.", "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" to name a few.Read more ›
The one's I had heard before(but only once or twice, and never really liked them since I was really young when I heard them) was "War Pigs", "Paranoid", "Iron Man", "N.I.B.", and "Sabbra Caddabra".(that was on the album "Garage Inc. by Metallica) These songs were amazing, and blew me away right off the bat...then when I got around to the rest of the CD I was so happy that I spent the [money] on this gem. "Snowblind", "Changes", "Supernaut", "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath", "Symptom of the Universe", "Black Sabbath", "The Wizard", and "Children of the Grave" are just a few of the many great songs...they rank up there as some of the best songs I've ever heard.
Another thing to mention is the packaging, and the booklet that comes with it. This isn't your normal cheap CD Jewel Case...a nice cardboard outside, with pictures of the band, and a flip top on both cases. The booklet kept me interested as well, I sat there for a good thirty minutes or so reading through the whole thing; it has some very good information in it.
If your a rock fan interested in what started(or was there in the beginning) the genre, then go with this collection, you will not be dissapointed!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This double CD is as described and more. The informative booklet with pictures is awesome and so is the packaging . Read morePublished 17 days ago by Loretta Hunt
top 3 b.sabbath greatest hitz cds easy, no dio and 95% of your favorite songs newer remastersound and 2 cd wrth of old school black sabbathPublished 23 months ago by john F'n doe
CD's in great condition and enjoyed reading the booklet. Great price for a lot of great music.Published 24 months ago by sammijo
I am a huge Ozzy fan so this cd was a must buy. Most the songs are great. Some are good. Others I didn't really like but it's Black Sabbath. I can't complain. Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by SueBhoney
My dad's previous tape was wearing out so hes really enjoying this copy. Its clear and he's happy in his garage bar.Published on January 16, 2014 by StevenD925
I have loved Black Sabbath since I was a teenager and this is a great collection of the original group. Read morePublished on September 7, 2013 by Daniel Chew
It's got almost all the essential material from that period excluding Electric Funeral, Behind the Wall of Sleep, and the intros like Embryo, Orquid and Bassically.Published on August 8, 2013 by Fernan
Great CD, has most of Black Sabbath hits. If you're a Sabbath fan you'll want this for your collection. This is the original Sabbath line up with Ozzy as the front man.Published on August 6, 2013 by James Bailey
I laked Black Sabbath befor 30 years a go and i look the concert in West Germany 2 time . The Band is true the first for metal music and later come experient rock metal the Budgie... Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by singarimbun agam