BLACK SABBATH: Box Set Details Revealed

The much-anticipated eight-disc BLACK SABBATH box set, "Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978)", is due on November 4, according to Rolling Stone. The collection will feature remastered versions of the band's albums with Ozzy Osbourne behind the mike, as well as a live DVD with previously unseen footage.

Retailing for $99.98, the set features the classic albums "Black Sabbath", "Paranoid", "Master of Reality", "Vol. 4", "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath", "Sabotage", "Technical Ecstasy" and "Never Say Die!". The original SABBATH lineup supervised the box set, along with executive producer Sharon Osbourne.

The box will include the band's only non-LP studio recording, "Evil Woman", from 1970. The bonus DVD will feature classic performances of such SABBATH songs as "Iron Man" and "Paranoid", a live cover of Carl Perkins' "Blues Suede Shoes", and a rare promotional clip for the song "Black Sabbath". It will also feature original interviews from such SABBATH disciples as Rob Zombie, James Hetfield, Vince Neil, Krist Novoselic, Melissa Auf Der Maur, Dave Navarro, Billie Joe Armstrong, Slash, Beck, David Lee Roth and Henry Rollins.

"We didn't have a crystal ball that said they're going to look on us as an influence," Osbourne told Rolling Stone. "We just enjoyed what we were doing. We influenced generation after generation, and that's kind of an eye-opener for me because I didn't think anything we did was spectacular. We were in our early twenties and we were having a lot of fun with it. I remember we thought, 'Let's just write some scary music.'"

The eighty-page booklet also features a group timeline, photos, reprints of all the album lyrics and two new historical essays by writers Chris Welch ("1970-1972: Lords of This World") and Brian Ives ("1973-1978: A Hard Road").


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