|previously released material|
|Released on December 1977|
|no chart information|
|Find it at GEMM|
|NEC 6009 cover|
N ow, before I begin, some of you might be wondering what happened to the old red label. It was an eye catcher: How could Black Sabbath’s Greatest Hits be a bad album? Because it sounded terrible. Not good terrible, like the minions of hell belched from a red ever-widening fissure in the Earth, but terr’ble terrible, as in “Where the hell’s the treble?” I didn’t think there was a way to make “Sweet Leaf” suck (and there’s not), but I felt like an idiot driving along in the dark winding roads of New York state (one night) trying to bang my head to this piece of crap. Since then, I’ve given it the cold shoulder. Of course, I own the tape version released by Creative Sounds Limited. “Sounds limited is right,” chimed the troll. He’ll warm to Black Sabbath on any occasion, and he recently reminded me that it’s not as though the original horsemen ever cared for fidelity in the first place. No shot, no foul, he reckons, like sending Sylvia Plath to Hell (“She wouldn’t be happy anyway”). It’s a rare recording that finds the troll more amicably disposed than me, but here it is. Even though it’s likely that the elpee and CD versions sound better (they couldn’t sound worse, really), Sabbath’s greatest hits should be a cause for celebration not remonstration. (Having a big dictionary is one thing, knowing how to use it quite another.) In theory, the selections here are outstanding, the songs you sold your soul for in the first place distilled to their dark essence. In practice, well, it’s practically impossible to enjoy them. With the caveat: on cassette. I’m assuming no one would be so stupid as to waste their money on the tape version after my whining, in which case the remaining mediums might be a serviceable way to channel the old spirits. Thus we come to orange, and the salving benediction that all Sabbath albums seek in secret.
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|UK||December 1977||NEMS||LP/CS/LPPIC||NEL/NEC6009/NEP6009B||avail. as picture elpee|
|US||Creative Sounds Limited||CS||NEMS 3206|
|JPN||NEMS||LP||SP18-5016||picture sleeve, lyric insert|
|UK||July 1992||Castle||CD||CLACD 200||w. bonus track (*)|
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