Black Sabbath fans can experience a true classic in a whole new way

“Sabotage” doesn’t get usually get the kind of love bestowed on some of Black Sabbath’s earlier albums, including 1970’s “Paranoid” and 1972’s “Vol. 4.”

Yet, the legendary heavy metal band’s sixth album — released on July 28, 1975 — is still a masterpiece in its own right, full of memorable songs that would help shape the sound of hard rock for decades to come.

It was not, however, an easy album to make as the group balanced recording with a lengthy legal battle with its former manager. Yet, the English quartet — consisting of guitarist Tony Iommi, vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward — would channel all of their frustration, anger and intensity into the music, resulting in a collection of tunes that still thunders on some 45 years later.

For proof, just grab a copy of the newly released “Sabotage: Super Deluxe Edition,” the latest offering from Rhino Record’s impressive Black Sabbath reissue campaign.

The collection is available as both a 4-CD set for $49.98 and a 4-LP offering (on 180-gram vinyl!) for $109.98.

The set includes a newly remastered version of the original album as well as a complete show recording from the band’s 1975 concert tour. The latter consists of 16 live tracks — 13 of which are previously unreleased. There are also some nifty collectibles added to the mix, such as a 1975 Madison Square Garden replica souvenir concert book and Sabotage tour poster.

The vinyl set contains a bonus 7-inch of “Am I Going Insane (Radio)” (single edit version) with a “Hole In The Sky” flipside and artwork that replicates the rare Japanese single release.

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Author: Jim Harrington