Lost Song Surfaces

I’ve had a gob of emails about this, but I try not to post wild rumours until I can verify that things like this are real. As far as I can tell, it’s real, so here goes…
According to this month’s edition of Record Collector magazine, a two-track BLACK SABBATH acetate 45 rpm record was recently discovered. On the A side is a song called “When I Come Down”, which is believed to have been recorded at various Birmingham, England studios between March and October 1969. The song, which is described as short but boasting strong vocals and harmonica playing, begins with a bluesy, pentatonic riff and although the guitar gets rather lost in the mix, the overall feel approximates to a slower take on “Evil Woman”, while much of the rhythm is like “NIB”, set up in half time to the riff. The track was written by LOCOMOTIVE keyboardist Norman Haines, although no keyboards appear on the track. On the B-side is a rough demo of “The Wizard”. It is not presently clear if this track will ever show up on any kind of official release.
I’ve had a couple of emails since yesterday asking if this was related to the delay of the Black Box set. I can’t speak to that issue, because I need to touch base with my contact about the reason for the delay of the set, but it would be nice, wouldn’t it? Please don’t interpret my statements to mean that it WILL be there – I’m just thinking it would be nice (remember, I’m a Sabbath fan, too).

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