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A Definite Collection of Amazing Music - 96%

erickg13, September 15th, 2006

The Black Box covers the most well known era of Black Sabbath, 1970 to 1978, the Ozzy Osbourne years. It comes in a beautiful box, with Digipak-style CD holders, each album having its own respective case, along with two smaller containers, four albums to a container. The book has a really nice suede-like cover, and the information inside is nothing new, but interesting none the less. And last but not least is the DVD, which is a nice bonus but wouldn’t be missed if it were to be included.

I will Review each part (the albums, book, and DVD) in more depth.

The Albums – I won’t bore you with “OMG PARANOID IS AN AMAZING ALBUM!!” If you want to get a review of each individual album go check out their own release review section. That said, the sound on these cds is amazing! One of the best re-mastering jobs I have ever heard. The riffs sound more menacing with an added crunch, the vocals soar higher than ever, the bass sound deeper and darker than ever before, and the drums are like thunder! The cds are clearly aimed to evoke emotions of the original vinyl’s with the ‘side 1/side 2’ track listing style, also the Digipak style cases feel like vinyl holders too.

The Book – The book is a really nice add-on, if you are looking for just the music this wont interest you. Most of the information is nothing at all new. One of my favorite parts were they have quotes from the likes of Kirk Hammett and Rob Halford, talking about how Sabbath influenced them. Also included are the lyrics to each track along with some album notes for each one.

The DVD – The DVD could have been better (i.e. including more performances, maybe some early interviews). The performances most people have probably seen before and the cover of “Blue Suede Shoes” (which is will have you laughing). If they had added more material to the DVD it would be much better and less of a “nice little bonus”.

Overall this is the way to go if you want to get into Black Sabbath. Even if you have 1 or 2 of their albums get this. The DVD and book just make this so nice and the route to go for any fan.