As Black Sabbath reach the end of their final world tour--prepping a brief trek of North and South America in November and December and a final European trek in January and February--BMG in Europe will chronicle the group's classic lineup with a new compilation.
The Ultimate Collection gathers 31 tracks from the eight studio albums Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward released from 1970 to 1978. Hits and fan favorites include "Iron Man," "Changes," "War Pigs," "Paranoid," "N.I.B.," "Snowblind," and many more.
The classic quartet announced plans to reunite in 2011, but Bill Ward ultimately sat things out, citing a lack of "signable contract." The trio of Osbourne, Iommi (who successfully battled lymphoma) and Butler released 13 in 2013, a Rick Rubin-produced album which topped the album charts on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Ultimate Collection will be available overseas October 28 as a 2CD set or limited edition "crucifold" 4LP vinyl set. In addition, Amazon U.K. is carrying an exclusive edition with a card wallet insert.
Black Sabbath, The Ultimate Collection (BMG, 2016)
2-CD: Amazon U.S. TBD / Amazon U.K.
2-CD with Card Wallet: Amazon U.K.
4-LP: Amazon U.S. TBD / Amazon U.K.
- Never Say Die
- Iron Man
- Black Sabbath
- Children of the Grave
- Fairies Wear Boots
- Rat Salad
- Sweet Leaf
- War Pigs
- Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
- Hole in the Sky
- Symptom of the Universe
- Spiral Architect
- Rock 'N' Roll Doctor
- Dirty Women
- Evil Woman, Don't Play Your Games with Me
- A Hard Road
- Lord of This World
- Into the Void
- Behind the Wall of Sleep
- Tomorrow's Dream
- The Wizard
- Electric Funeral
- Killing Yourself to Live
- Am I Going Insane
- Wicked World
- It's Alright
Disc 1, Tracks 1, 3, 6, 8 and 10 and Disc 2, Track 11 from Paranoid (Vertigo, 1970)
Disc 1, Track 2 and Disc 2, Track 3 from Never Say Die! (Vertigo, 1978)
Disc 1, Track 4 and Disc 2, Tracks 2, 6, 9 and 10 from Black Sabbath (Vertigo, 1970)
Disc 1, Tracks 5 and 9 and Disc 2, Tracks 4-5 and 12 from Master of Reality (Vertigo, 1971)
Disc 1, Track 7 and Disc 2, Tracks 7-8 from Vol. 4 (Vertigo, 1972)
Disc 1, Track 11 and 14 and Disc 2, Track 13 from Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Vertigo, 1973)
Disc 1, Tracks 12-13 and Disc 2, Track 14 from Sabotage (Vertigo, 1975)
Disc 1, Track 15 and Disc 2, Tracks 1 and 16 from Technical Ecstasy (Vertigo, 1976)
Disc 2, Track 15 from B-side to "Evil Woman" (Fontana, 1970)/Black Sabbath (Warner Bros. (U.S.), 1970)
What's a card wallet when it's at home?
Mark Bumgardner says
Not to nit-pick, but where's "Supernaught"?
...or Sabra Cadabra, for that matter...anyone who enjoys the Sabs needs the first six albums in their entirety anyway.