Black Sabbath Announce ‘The Ten Year War’ Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set
The peace and love flower children of the ’60s were in for a rude awakening as the ’70s dawned, ushered in by the ominous sounds of four guys from Birmingham, England going by the sinister moniker Black Sabbath. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Bill Ward and Geezer Butler created heavy metal with their self-titled 1970 debut, beginning The Ten Year War, which will be celebrated in a limited edition vinyl box set, scheduled for release Sept. 29 via BMG.
The band’s eight Ozzy-fronted albums will be packaged with a host of rarities, including a crucifix shaped USB stick, all housed within exclusive artwork created by renowned street artist, graphic designer and activist Shepard Fairey.
Despite Black Sabbath’s multi-million selling albums and rabid fan base throughout the ’70s, this adulation wasn’t always mirrored by the music press at the time. The band received more than their fair share of criticism, prompting them to publish “The Ten Year War” brochure; a playful dig at journalists with the witty tagline “more good press than most – more bad press than any.”
That brochure is reproduced in full for the box set and is one of the many exclusive items held within that also includes eight vinyl LPs meticulously reproduced in their original sleeves, re-mastered by renowned mastering engineer Andy Pearce from the original tapes and pressed on 180 gram splatter-colored vinyl. Each LP will be unique in its individual coloring.
Below is the full list of what will be inside the individually numbered set, which will go for about $247.00 and can be ordered here.
• Black Sabbath
• Master of Reality [including original fold-out color poster]
• Vol. 4
• Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
• Technical Ecstasy
• Never Say Die!
*Two rare 7” singles, reproduced in their original sleeves — Japanese version of “Evil Woman (Don’t Play Your Games With Me)”/”Black Sabbath” and the Chilean version of “Paranoid”/”The Wizard” [only 100 copies of the original radio promo were pressed].
*Crucifix shaped Black Sabbath USB stick, exclusive to this box set, which can be worn round the neck and contains MQA high definition audio of the first eight Black Sabbath albums.
*The extremely rare The Ten Year War brochure, reproduced from the original publication.
*Hardback book, featuring accolades from the cream of rock royalty, coupled with official and candid iconic photography of the band during their 1970s tours, recording sessions and photo-shoots.
*’Tenth Anniversary World Tour’ 1978 official program, impeccably reproduced.
*Reprinted tour poster from the 1972 Seattle Center Arena show.
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