So what do we get here for a rather expensive bang for your buck,well a rather excellent sturdy box with superb book and a non descript poster(to be perfectly honest).
Disc 1 The original album ,remastered and it never sounded better,this album sometimes gets overlooked when discussing the top discs from 1972,this is absolutely up there,opening with the 'lost' classic track 'Wheels Of Confusion,then one brilliant track after another 'Tomorrow's Dream/Changes/Supernaut and of course the timeless classic 'Snowblind'
Disc 2 several outakes and remixes by Steven Wilson and really excellen,worth listening too.
disc 3 odds and sod and more of a curio,really you wont come back to this disc much,truthfully this could have fit onto disc 2. considering disc 2 is only 27 minutes long.
disc 4 essentially and expanded,remixed,remastered version of the 'Live at Last abomination,which originally hit the shelves in 1980,a really poorly produced piece of vinyl, the re issued cd in the 90's was worse, it was slightly better as part of the 2 disc set 'Past Lives'.Well this is easily the best its ever sounded proper care taken to get it to a enjoyable,listenable standard and they have succeeded.
In all honesty you couldnt say it value for money,cos its expensive for what your getting but you aint forced to buy, i was always going to get this,just waited my moment and it dropped to just over £50.
Vol. 4 (Super Deluxe Edition) (5Lp)
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- Product Dimensions : 33.2 x 32.51 x 4.19 cm; 2.62 Kilograms
- Manufacturer : RHINO/WARNER BROS.
- Original Release Date : 2021
- Label : RHINO/WARNER BROS.
- ASIN : B08PJDRWFC
- Number of discs : 5
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Super Deluxe Edition Of The Band’s 1972 Classic Includes Newly Remastered Original Album Plus 20 Previously Unreleased Studio And Live Recordings.
-Bolstered by a fresh remastering,Vol 4’s ambitious arrangements and complex grooves have never sounded more inspired and menacing. Originally released in September 1972, the album marked two major changes for the members of Sabbath: Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward. While their previous albums – Black Sabbath, Paranoid, and Master of Reality – were produced by Rodger Bain and recorded in England, they instead chose to produce Vol 4 themselves and record it at the Record Plant in Los Angeles.
The generous addition of bonus material on VOL 4: SUPER DELUXE EDITION begins with six previously unreleased studio outtakes from the original sessions for the album. Each one has been newly mixed by Steven Wilson using the analog multi-tracks. Highlights include outtakes for “Supernaut” and “Changes,” as well an instrumental version of “Under The Sun.”
The set also features 11 additional studio recordings (also newly mixed by Wilson from the analog multi-tracks) that spotlight alternative takes, false starts and snippets of studio dialogue. These tracks transport listeners into the studio with the band and offer some insight into the making of the album. Along with several alternative takes for “Wheels Of Confusion,” these recordings also include outtakes for “The Straightener” and “Snowblind.”
The collection concludes with a searing collection of live performances that re-create a typical setlist from Black Sabbath’s tour forVol 4. Recorded in March 1973 at various stops along the band’s U.K. tour. The recordings were originally slated for a live album that was ultimately shelved. Although some of these performances have been previously available in various states, the release marks the first time that a full 1973 live Sabbath show has been recreated. The live audio has been newly mixed by Richard Digby Smith using the original 16-track analog tapes to achieve a level of fidelity not heard on any previous incarnations. Included here are thrilling live versions ofVol 4tracks (“Tomorrow’s Dream” and “Cornucopia”) and fan favorites (“Paranoid” and “War Pigs.”)
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Classic Sabbath...............Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 February 2021
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Excellent product at a good price,it was delivered earlier than the given date Will definitely buy from them again.
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UselessReviewed in Canada on 24 February 2021
There is nothing here really what worth paying for. The original album is a very good remastering , but not better than the Black Box . The studio outtakes are really not that great and the concert is plain awful. The guitar is out of tunes and Ozzy sings bad most of the time. Unless you are a collector and you must have anything and everything Black Sabbath releases, do not buy this. It just gonna collect dust on the shelf.
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Black Sabbath in the true groove of everything to come...decades beyond!Reviewed in Canada on 21 February 2021
Okay i may not be the best person to review Black Sabbath,i have basted in this band all my life and qualify as a true fan,so no need to say this deluxe version is Great,if love this album and had a weak spot for this album and love to complete your collection get it now,since their previous reissues are somewhat miserable compared to this release.I only wish they had done so with the previous three albums,but i do understand that their may not have been any extra material but they could have put some bootlegs as extra bonuses,all bands have some material audio/visual out there (look at Hendrix!!!)so best re-release but dig a little more fans will be there...Dan.
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Stunning remaster!Reviewed in Canada on 19 February 2021
I have only listened to the first disc one this 5 lp vinyl set, but I just want to say that the remaster of Vol 4 is stunning! The separation of instruments, the depth, Ozzy's voice, Tony's guitar all sound amazing! So much more heft on all the notes. If you love this album then you will be happy with this purchase.
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