Black Box: The Complete Original 1970-1978 Box set, Original recording remastered, CD+DVD
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Decades after Black Sabbath laid down the commandments of heavy metal--lyrically, not for the squeamish; musically, dynamic and resolutely heavy--their impact remains improbably undiminished. Black Box includes the eight albums recorded between 1970 and 1978 by the founding line-up--Tony Iommi, Bill Ward, Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler--in one suitably weighty package. Forgoing bonus tracks (aside from an entertaining but brief four-track DVD extra), the box is rounded off with an impressive 80-page booklet. While the foursome were considerably less fearsome by the time they checked out with Never Say Die, more than half of this collection represents heavy metal with a lasting impact. --Steven Stolder, Amazon.com
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What is Black Box? It's a 9 disc collection (8 audio CD's, one DVD) comprising all the of the songs the original Black Sabbath released from 1970-1978.
The albums themselves have an unbelievable sound quality never heard in these recordings before. It's not like we have new songs here - these are after all the same songs released before. But they've never been heard like this before. I cannot stress how great these discs sound. I've been listening to Black Sabbath since 1981. I know these songs extremely well - EXTREMELY well. So much so that the slightest change is noticeable. Well, the sound range here is far more powerful than I've ever heard it before. Ever put in an old CD in your player, and it sounds flat, and a newer one you put in has a really rich, vibrant range? That's the kind of thing I'm talking about here. In addition to the songs just sounding more powerful and cleaner, individual instruments are more noticeable here. There's tons of places where I've heard drum fills by Bill Ward that I've never heard before. It's very cool finding bits in songs you've heard God knows how many times over the years. Coupled with the fact that the albums have a sonic power that I can't recall the songs having before make this by far the version to get - even if you already own all these albums.
That brings me to another point. The notion that Black Sabbath is just "out for money" by releasing this set without a ton of extras. In running my Black Sabbath site at [...Read more ›
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Sabbath, what can I say but awesome.
This set has had amazing reproduction carried out on it and to clearly hear Bills drumming again just like the live concerts I used to go... Read more
first off, I must say that I never did purchased a black sabbath cd before the black box so, I can't compare with the previous cd issue, I am over 50 and I grew up with the music... Read morePublished on July 23 2009 by Daniel Fournier
I have been a long time Black Sabbath fan and this black box blew me away. I am becoming more and more reluctant to purchase "remastered" versions of any musical material because... Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2009 by Quintus
I bought this set today and immediatly noticed a brighter sound. I still had my old versions still on my computer so I decided to listen to them, to see if it was just me not... Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2004 by Leave me Alone
what can you say.what a box set! i was excited to go buy this set of classic albums.i always wanted to buy all the Sabbath albums,and so this was a easy way of getting them all. Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Dennis Casto
Well, here it is! The first eight Black Sabbath releases in a boxed set. Back in the eighties I bought the Black Sabbath albums on CD as soon as they were released in that format... Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by R. Short
My friend bought this and has shown me the results. I think it is just another way of sucking more money from commited Sabbath fans who will buy anything. Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by Boomer
Yes, children of the grave, count 'em. That's nine lives reincarnated for your astral listening pleasures in the beyond. Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by Brian Wallace (Co-author of It's Not Your Hair)
THIS IS A GREAT SET.OZZY WAS JUST THE BOMB,BACK IN THE 70`S.EVERYTHING THEY DID TURNED TO GOLD.EVERY TIME I HEAR HAND OF DOOM IT MAKES ME WANT TO DO THE TEXAS TWO STEP. Read morePublished on July 9 2004 by jerry langley