Sunday, 31 May 2009

Review - Black Sabbath - The Best of Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath - The Best of Black Sabbath

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9 out of 10

If you are one of the two or three people in the world not to be aware of Black Sabbath, then this is as good a starting place as any - particularly if you find the notion of illegal downloads a bit, well, illegal. It's choice cuts from the Ozzy era, mostly from the first two albums, and they sound as vital as ever. Influential is an understatement, obviously, when you're talking about the likes of; War Pigs, Sweet Leaf, Paranoid, Iron Man et. al. Nice to see The Wizard make the cut, too. I would have chopped Evil Woman for Hand of Doom, but hey ho.

However, the success of Heaven and Hell recently shows that there's more to Sabbath than having the naked, bathplug-wearing Prince of Darkness as their singer. The lack of any Dio-era (or, indeed, any other era) material makes a cash-in mockery of the collection as a whole. But it's still Sabbath, so musically - you simply cannot go wrong.


1. Paranoid
2. Iron Man
3. Changes
4. Fairies Wear Boots
5. War Pigs
6. Never Say Die
7. Children of the Grave
8. The Wizard
9. Snowblind
10. Sweet Leaf
11. Evil Woman
12. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
13. Black Sabbath
14. N.I.B.

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