Black Sabbath – “Iron Man: The Best of Black Sabbath”

Black Sabbath – “Iron Man: The Best of Black Sabbath” (UMC / Sanctuary Records)

Released to support the ongoing Black Sabbath 2012 Reunion Tour, “Iron Man: The Best of Black Sabbath” is a 14 track compilation of classic songs from across the band’s first eight albums, although bizarrely they’ve omitted stuff from “Sabotage” and “Technical Ecstasy” – and I’m not sure why especially when you consider classics like ‘Symptom Of The Universe’. Therefore the material is drawn from “Black Sabbath”, “Paranoid”, “Master Of Reality”, “Black Sabbath Vol 4”, “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” and “Never Say Die” – with old chestnuts like ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’, ‘N.I.B’ and ‘War Pigs’ once again featuring – although the track listing seems identical to their 2009 “Greatest Hits” compilation. With a fresh mix being the only seemingly discernable enhancement to this compilation, this would be suitable to anyone wanting to hear classic Ozzy era Sabbath without the fuss and sound quality limitations of the original vinyl.

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