Black Sabbath

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Black Sabbath are an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne, and drummer Bill Ward. The band has since experienced multiple line-up changes, with Tony Iommi the only constant presence in the band through the years. Originally formed in 1968 as a heavy blues rock band named Earth, the band began incorporating occult themes with horror-inspired lyrics and tuned-down guitars. Despite an association with occult and horror themes, Black Sabbath also composed songs dealing with social instability, political corruption, the dangers of drug abuse and apocalyptic prophecies of the horrors of war.

Osbourne's heavy drug use led to his dismissal from the band in 1979. He was replaced by former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio. After a few albums with Dio's vocals and songwriting collaborations, Black Sabbath endured a revolving line-up in the 1980s and '90s that included vocalists Ian Gillan, Glenn Hughes, Ray Gillen and Tony Martin, as well as multiple members of Deep Purple and Rainbow. In 1992, Iommi and Butler rejoined Dio and drummer Vinny Appice to record Dehumanizer. The original line-up reunited with Osbourne in 1997 and released a live album Reunion. Black Sabbath's 19th studio album, 13, which features all original members except Bill Ward, was released in June 2013.

Black Sabbath are cited as pioneers of heavy metal.

Deluxe Album, 3 bonus audio tracks. 11 tracks total.6 panel softpak with 3 pockets and a lenticular cover. Produced by Rick Rubin (seven-time Grammy winner, two of those as Producer of the Year), 13 will be released on Vertigo/Republic in the U.S. Currently on tour, Black Sabbath -- Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler,are previewing music from their forthcoming album 13. On the new album, due out June 11, the band that defined heavy metal picks up immediately where they left off with eight sprawling songs (five of them are over eight minutes in length) that possess every ounce of the maniacal vitality of the Grammy-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees' trailblazing work in the 70s. Songs such as End of the Beginning, Loner, Dear Father and Age of Reason reinforce 13's testament to the enduring relevance of Black Sabbath's long-running reign.

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Black Sabbath

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BORN AGAIN - BLACK SABBATH

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Editorial Review: Digitally re-mastered and expanded deluxe two CD edition of this 1983 album from the Hard Rock/Metal legends including a bonus disc containing an additional 11 tracks. Born Again was the band's first album since Ronnie James Dio departed and remains their sole album with Deep Purple's Ian Gillan on vocals. Produced by Black Sabbath and co-producer Robin Black, who had also worked on 1975's Sabotage, 1976's Technical Ecstasy, and 1978's Never Say Die, Sabbath's eleventh studio release would represent a radical departure from the gloomy atmospherics and blackened lyricism that had forged their identity and spawned innumerable descendants. The bonus disc contains a previously unreleased track, an extended version and nine tracks from the BBC Friday Rock Show broadcast of Black Sabbath's appearance at the Reading Rock Festival in August 1983. Sanctuary.


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THE BEST OF BLACK SABBATH - BLACK SABBATH

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Editorial Review: 2 CD set. Thirty years after the debut album, we see Black Sabbath, the undisputed kings of rock, return with one of the best albums on the last 30 years. The Best of Black Sabbath encompasses their timeless sound with tracks such as 'War Pigs', 'Paranoid' and 'Evil Woman' just to name a few. Remastered. Sanctuary. 2006.


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THE ETERNAL IDOL - BLACK SABBATH

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Editorial Review: Digitally re-mastered and expanded edition of this 1987 album including two bonus tracks on Disc One plus the complete album session originally recorded by the late Ray Gillen on Disc Two. The Eternal Idol, Sabbath's 13th studio album, was an altogether harder sounding record and brought back an 'edge' that had been missing from Seventh Star. Whilst there was much for the Sabbath fan to celebrate with tracks such as, 'The Shining', 'Ancient Warrior', 'Born to Lose' and the title track, the album wasn't as well received and settled at number 66 in the UK and a disappointing 168 in the US. Over the years however, fans of Black Sabbath and Hard Rock in general have been re-discovering all that the Eternal Idol has to offer. Sanctuary.


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The End [2 CD]

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Editorial Review: Almost five decades ago, the toll of a bell and rolling thunder marked the conception of an ear splittingly monolithic riff. In that moment, Black Sabbath and the sound of Heavy Metal were forged. The band embarked on what Ozzy describes as the most incredible adventure you could think of, a journey that would go on to define a genre.

The End is a celebration of Black Sabbath's final hometown concert at Birmingham's Genting Arena on February 4th, 2017. This unforgettable farewell show from one of the biggest bands in the world will be released by Eagle Vision on November 17th, 2017.

With a hit packed set list including Iron Man, Paranoid, War Pigs, and many more, the high production values, visual effects, and pyrotechnics wowed fans, as the band delivered the most emotionally charged show in their history.

The End captures a once-in-a-career performance, an essential snapshot of musical history, and a fitting farewell to true innovators and original heavy metal icons, Black Sabbath.

Featuring Ozzy Osbourne (vocals); Tony Iommi (guitar) and Geezer Butler (bass), with Tommy Clufetos (drums) and Adam Wakeman (keyboards / guitar).


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