Black Sabbath Limited Color Vinyl Reissues

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Black Sabbath limited edition color vinyl reissues

UPDATE: Please note, we are sold out of the limited edition color LPs.

Ever since they first burst onto the scene nearly fifty years ago, Black Sabbath's influence on music and culture has been prodigious. For a band with such a towering reputation, no ordinary reissue campaign will do; that's why we're super excited about the new limited edition 180 gram color vinyl reissues Rhino is releasing today. In addition to coming out on glorious rainbow-hued vinyl, the first eight studio albums from Ozzy and friends will feature the 2012 remastered audio, which had previously only been available in digital format. CD reissues featuring the 2012 remasters are also now available. Here's what to look out for:

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath (1970)

It's hard to believe, but when Sabbath released their self-titled debut in 1970, critics panned it. Of course, the album has since gone on to rank highly in pretty much every roundup of Best Metal Albums and Greatest Albums of All Time. Rolling Stone charted Black Sabbath at #44 on their list of 100 Best Debut Albums of All Time, saying the title track "would define the sound of a thousand bands."

Available on CD and limited edition 180-gram red vinyl.


Paranoid (1970)

One of the most important LPs in the history of heavy metal, Paranoid was Black Sabbath's only album to top the UK Albums Chart -- until 13 was released in 2013. Here you'll find essential Sabbath tracks like "Iron Man," "War Pigs," and "Paranoid," which reached #4 in the UK charts, making it their only Top 20 hit.

Available on CD and limited edition 180-gram blue vinyl.

Master of Reality

Master of Reality (1971)

After selling almost two million copies, Black Sabbath's third LP was certified double platinum. Master of Reality also marked the band's biggest chart success in the US; the LP climbed into the Top 10, their only album that would chart so highly until the release of 13. Considered to be one of the biggest inspirations for doom, sludge and stoner metal bands, the deluxe version of the album released earlier this year features a second disc of outtakes previously unreleased in the States.

Available on CD and limited edition 180-gram green vinyl.

Vol. 4

Vol. 4 (1972)

Unsurprisingly, Vol. 4 is the fourth studio LP by Black Sabbath; it was also the band's fourth album to sell one million copies in the US, achieving gold status in less than a month. The album saw Sabbath evolving as artists, with guitarist Tony Iommi taking the production reins from Rodger Bain, who had shaped the band's sound on their previous three albums.

Available on CD and limited edition 180-gram orange vinyl. 

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)

On Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, their fifth consecutive platinum record in the US, the band finally started getting their just dues from critics. Mainstream outlets like Rolling Stone described it as "nothing less than a complete success," and indeed, the LP shows the band reaching new levels of confidence and artistic maturity. Recorded at London's Morgan Studios, the album was produced by the band and legendary studio wizard Tom Allom.

Available on CD and limited edition 180-gram red-orange vinyl.


Sabotage (1975)

Co-produced by Mike Butcher and Tony Iommi, Sabbath's sixth LP was recorded while under the stress of litigation with the band's former manager, Patrick Meehan. Hence, the album's title and even heavier sound. The London Philharmonic Choir was brought on for the track "Supertzar," and when, according to legend, Ozzy Osbourne saw the group in studio, he thought he was in the wrong studio and left. 

Available on CD and limited edition 180-gram purple vinyl.

Technical Ecstasy

Technical Ecstasy (1976)

After the legal battles that affected the recording of Sabotage, the band decamped to Criteria Studios in Miami to record their seventh studio album. Iommi resumed production duties on the album, and Sabbath were so loud that the Eagles, who were recording in an adjacent studio, frequently had to shut down their own recording sessions.

Available on CD and limited edition 180-gram white vinyl.

Never Say Die!

Never Say Die! (1978)

Sabbath's final studio LP until 13, Never Say Die! was also the last full studio recording to feature the band's original lineup prior to Osbourne's departure in 1979. "A Hard Road" features Tony Iommi singing backing vocals for the first and last time. Nearly twenty years after its release, the album was certified gold in the US.

Available on CD and limited edition 180-gram grey vinyl. 


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