Eight of arguably the most influential heavy rock albums ever recorded are now available on iTunes at last. The first eight studio albums from Black Sabbath, featuring the band's original lineup, are now available digitally in specially remastered editions worldwide at the Apple online music store. The remastered versions boast increased audio fidelity and promise to more closely replicate what the artists and producers intended.
- The eight original albums include 1970's Black Sabbath and the breakthrough classic Paranoid, 1971's Master Of Reality, 1972's Volume Four, 1973's Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath and three more.
- The records all feature the founding lineup of Ozzy Osbourne on vocals, Tony Iommi on guitar, Geezer Butler on bass and Bill Ward on drums.
- All eight albums can be purchased in one bundle or as separate titles, with each song individually available as well.
- Also for sale are two compilations, 1976's We Sold Our Soul For Rock 'N' Roll and 2006's Greatest Hits 1970 - 1978.
- Ozzy said in a statement, "It's about f***ing time the first eight Black Sabbath albums were made available on iTunes in the U.S." Tony Iommi added, "Great news. It's been a long time trying to explain to fans why the music wasn't available."
- Ozzy, Iommi and Butler reunited in 2012 and last June released 13, the first Sabbath album to feature all three of them in 35 years.
- The album went to Number One in the U.S. and other countries, while the group launched a wildly successful world tour.
- Sabbath kicks off another North American tour on March 31st in Brooklyn, New York. The trek will hit ten cities in Canada before wrapping on April 26th in Los Angeles.
SIDE NOTES: Black Sabbath titles now available at iTunes:
Black Sabbath (1970)
Master Of Reality (1971)
Vol. 4 (1972)
Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath (1973)
Technical Ecstasy (1976)
We Sold Our Soul For Rock 'N' Roll (1976)
Never Say Die! (1978)
Greatest Hits 1970-1978 (2006)
The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1978 (2014)
DID YOU KNOW? Ozzy Osbourne left Black Sabbath for good -- or at least for 20 years -- in 1978 after the band finished touring for Never Say Die!. But he actually left once before, just as the band was preparing to record the album. They recruited former Savoy Brown frontman Dave Walker to sing, only for Ozzy to come back a short time later.
CHECK IT OUT: Listen to audio of Dave Walker's single live appearance with Black Sabbath, performing "Junior's Eyes" on a British TV program:
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth -- agree or not?
Nathan Webster wrote: "Wtf would any metalhead buy albums from iTunes? We buy the Cds or Lps, not worthless compressed mp3s that defeat the purpose of professional production (and for no cost savings at that)."
Joe Dawson wrote: "I will never buy an MP3, I want full quality. At least get the CD, or Record."
Rex Brumbelow wrote: "no thanks! i have all albums on vinyl (best sound ever!) cd.and a few on cassette and 8 -track.a big fan of all music.but this i tunes.download crap sux! buy the album! u get the art work.booklet and the smell!"
K-Man Reborn wrote: "How many f***ing times do they need to re-release these albums now? Who doesn't already own these albums and why would you buy them digitally?"
John Saibic wrote: "The best way to listen to Sabbath is on vinyl."
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