[UPDATE: This CD and LP set commemorating the Ozzy-era Black Sabbath was previously scheduled for November 18 but is now on the calendar for February 3, 2017. Also, an unboxing video found at the end of this article.]
For many of us, we’re anxiously awaiting the arrival of the 4CD Paranoid Box set of the classic 1970 Black Sabbath album. But before that arrives, BMG will be releasing a nice 2CD ‘best of’ for the band, filled with songs that you know and love. All of the songs found on this collection are representative of the Ozzy-era ONLY! That means the set collects from the 1970 eponymous debut on through the last to feature Ozzy, Never Say Die! from 1978.
The new Ozzy-era Anthology is being called The Ultimate Collection. It is planned for CD, DD, hi-res HD DD, and a cool 1980g-weight vinyl LP set with 4LPs.
The 2CD sett is now planned for February 3, 2017.
The four LPs will be housed in a uniquely designed ‘crucifold’ jacket hat folds outward into a crucifix shape. Each end of the cross will house an LP. The 4LP set will arrive on February 3.
All tracks are newly remastered!
The Ultimate Collection – Black Sabbath
02 Never Say Die
03 Iron Man
04 Black Sabbath
05 Children Of The Grave
06 Fairies Wear Boots
08 Rat Salad
09 Sweet Leaf
10 War Pigs
11 Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
12 Hole In The Sky
13 Symptom Of The Universe
14 Spiral Architect
15 Rock ‘N’ Roll Doctor
02 Evil Woman, Don’t Play Your Games With Me
03 A Hard Road
04 Lord Of This World
05 Into The Void
06 Behind The Wall Of Sleep
08 Tomorrow’s Dream
09 The Wizard
11 Electric Funeral
13 Killing Yourself To Live
14 Am I Going Insane
15 Wicked World
16 It’s Alright
One of the main components to Pink Floyd during their startup years on through to the recording of their second album, A Saucerful of Secrets (1968). Although his contribution to that album was small, he left behind such a legacy that he was often admired by other Rock luminaries of the time. After his departure from Pink Floyd, he recorded a solo effort, The Madcap Laughs, which was eventually released in 1970. It provided interest among the Pink Floyd faithful although it hardly lit much of a fire beneath the mass record buying public. Shortly after the debut release, Barrett’s second – and last – solo album, Barrett, was released. It was produced by David Gilmour, and Richard Wright.
Not long afterwards, a streamlined volume appeared called Syd Barrett. Released in 1974, it contained both original albums in a 2-fer package in the hopes to create an interest in Barrett given the attention lavished on him from Pink Floyd via their album, The Dark Side Of The Moon (1973). Much later, a collected set of unreleased songs and alternate takes recorded during he sessions for his two solo sets was released. Issued in 1988, Opel seems to complete a a full run of Barrett offerings outside the womb of Pink Floyd.
In late Spring, Legacy Recordings reissued the three Barrett essentials as digital downloads. Now, for those that still have an interest in Syd Barrett and his music, Legacy Recordings will be reissuing the three albums on CD.
On November 25, you’ll be able to acquire The Madcap Laughs, Barrett, and Opel on CD.
The juggernaut known as Pink Floyd is not even close to being finished although their recording together as a band ceased long, long ago. That includes the avid interest in the once prominent member of the band, Syd Barrett. As they say, Shine on, you crazy diamond.