This post was originally made in mid March, 2013. It’s been updated a few times since then, and is intended to be details on what all the different version of “13” are. If you have concrete proof of something I do not, please email me about it, and include a link whenever possible. Also, if you happen to have decent artwork of the “exclusive” versions (like Best Buy, European retailers), let me know that, too. Tkx.
[ UPDATE Mar 16 ] The album can now be pre-ordered through Amazon.com. Check the ordering links below.
[ UPDATE Mar 23 ] Found out officially that the “Super Deluxe” box is only orderable through the band directly at blacksabbath.com.
[ UPDATE Apr 30 ] Found out there’s a Best Buy Exclusive with a track available nowhere else. Grrrrrrrrrrrr.
[ UPDATE May 23 ] Updated various bits of text to be more in line with current info as I understand it.
[ UPDATE Jun 3 ] Amazon’s MP3 store finally has the thing listed!
[ UPDATE Jun 12 ] Spotify.
- The release date for “13” will be Friday June 7, 2013 in Australia/New Zealand.
- The release date for “13” will be Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in the US & Canada.
- The release date for “13” everywhere else will be Monday, June 10, 2013.
I do not have info on whether or not orders from specific retailers (Best Buy, Amazon, the band’s website) will arrive at your door on release date, or whether it will SHIP that date. You need to check with the people you are ordering from regarding that issue.
Physical Media Formats
13 is going to be released on various physical media packages. They are:
- Standard CD – Your traditional single CD release. Whether this will be a jewel case, a paper sleeve, or what is unknown, but this will be your regular CD release. Contains 8 studio tracks – the same 8 that were played at the listening party.
- Deluxe 2CD Set – Contains the Standard CD, plus a second CD with “exclusive bonus audio content”. What exactly that content comprises is as of yet unknown – at least fully. It is known that there will be three additional studio tracks on the disc. If there’s anything else besides that – I have no idea. It is supposed to come in a “deluxe soft pack”. So no hard jewel case there.
- Vinyl – That seems pretty straightforward. In heavyweight (180g) vinyl. The content is the same as the basic CD version, the eight track edition.
- Super Deluxe Box Set – Well, I’ll just copy the text from the official site on this one.. “A Limited edition 12” clamshell box set which contains: Deluxe double CD album, 12” heavyweight (180g) vinyl album in a gatefold sleeve, Exclusive DVD containing “Black Sabbath–The Re-union” documentary, plus 5 behind-the-scenes videos, Download card containing exclusive track by track interview with Black Sabbath, 13 exclusive photographic prints and hand written album lyrics.” Band management tells me that this version will ONLY be available via direct sale through the band’s website. If you go there, you’ll get forwarded through to the relevant regional label website who will actually take and place your order. I hope the documentary on the DVD here is a full length one, and not some 15-20 minute quick thing.
- Best Buy Exclusive – This is the same as the Deluxe 2CD set listed above, but has an “exclusive” track. That track is listed as “Naïveté in Black”. Stupid exclusives. That version is here. I’ve also been told that some European retailers are selling this version, too as their “Deluxe 2CD Set”. We’ll find out for sure shortly.
Other Physical Media
The physical media options I list above are all confirmed and are happening. These two however, I can’t confirm what’s going on with, so I’m including them as background info – for now. I will try and find out what’s going on here.
- THREE DISC CD – What the fuck? As I was prepping the May 23rd update to this page, I discovered a 3 disc version being sold by HMV. What’s on that third disc, I have no idea. If I had to *GUESS*, it’s the deluxe edition above, and maybe a third DVD disc, but what’s on that – who knows? The DVD from the Super Deluxe Box, maybe? No idea at this point.
- Japanese CD – Now I’ve suspected that the Japanese deluxe CD will have an exclusive track or two on it. That kind of thing has been done for many years by many bands (Ozzy & Tony Iommi too). Now there is a Japanese domestic release of the CD, 2CD Deluxe, & Vinyl editions. However, as of the last update of this page (May 23rd), I can’t get confirmation that this a version with extra tracks exclusive to the Japanese market is happening. If anyone has concrete proof one way or the other.
The album is available for pre-order on iTunes. If you do that, you can order both the standard (why would you do that) and the Deluxe version. Pre-ordering either will get you an immediate download of “God is Dead?” from iTunes. Both versions will come with a digital booklet, basically a pdf version of the physical CD insert, more or less. Obviously we won’t know until release EXACTLY what’s in there, but every other CD I’ve bought from iTunes has that.
Amazon.com & Amazon.co.uk
Amazon (I’m just going to refer to both sites as Amazon) is oddly enough not making the album available for pre-order through their MP3 store. This matches the “God is Dead?” single, which was available for pre-order through iTunes a few days ahead of time, but on Amazon’s store, you couldn’t buy it until day of. They are however, selling the standard CD, the 2CD Deluxe, the vinyl – those are available for pre-order, and those links are below. My guess is they won’t have it until the day of release. But I have no facts on that.
A word about Amazon ordering. When you pre-order with them, the price can fluctuate wildly before it ships. This is based on their systems guessing what other stores are selling items for. They do have what’s called a “pre-order price guarantee”. If you pre-order now, when the price drops between now and when it ships (which it always does), you get charged the lower price. So what price you see there now, will not be the price it is when ships. I have personally been ordering from Amazon since the Spring of 1997, and am well versed in their pricing games like that. The “sweet spot” for prices with Amazon doesn’t usually come until the last 5 days before release or so.
blacksabbath.com Website Pricing
The official website has prices available for what “13” will cost if you pre-order it with them. Other outlets tend to have slightly lesser prices once they become available, but for now, here is what the official site is selling the various packages for (and for what location).
NOTE: The Super Deluxe Box set will ONLY be available here. You won’t get it anywhere else I’m told.
- CD: $12.98
- Deluxe 2CD: $14.98
- Vinyl: $19.98
- Box Set: $74.98
- CD: $12.99
- Deluxe 2CD: $17.99
- Vinyl: $20.99
- Box Set: $99.99
- CD: £9.99
- Deluxe 2CD: £13.99
- Vinyl: £15.99
- Box Set: £49.99
Here’s a breakdown of what track names are on what versions..
First off, the base eight tracks that are out there have been known for a little bit. Those tracks are:
- End of The Beginning (8:07)
- God is Dead? (8:54)
- Loner (5:06)
- Zeitgeist (4:28)
- Age of Reason (7:02)
- Live Forever (4:49)
- Damaged Soul (7:43)
- Dear Father (7:06)
That is what is on the basic (meaning single disc) CD version. It is also the track listing for the vinyl edition, too. Those two versions will have just eight tracks. Now here’s where the fun begins..
The two CD “Deluxe” version will have three additional studio tracks on it. They are:
- Peace of Mind
That two disc version of the CD will also be included in the larger “Super Deluxe” Box set. So both of those will have the “11 track” version of the album. If there’s anything else on the second disc of the Deluxe package, I’m not sure at this time. I just know for sure the second disc will have three additional studio tracks not on the “basic/standard” CD. So what was heard at the listening party the other night in Los Angeles was the standard CD version.
There will be a BEST BUY EXCLUSIVE 2CD version, which will match the 2CD, 11 track version. However, there’s an “exclusive track” to the Best Buy version. That track is:
- Naïveté in Black
The music streaming service Spotify also has the album available to listen to for free. Their version has a live exclusive track that I believe is not on any other physical media format. They have the first 11 listed above, and then have…
- Dirty Women (Live).
The live track was taken from one of the Australian gigs earlier in 2013.
Beyond Track 12
Now it gets even more interesting. In various interviews, I’ve seen a couple of other track names mentioned, but they’re not any of the 12 listed above. They are “Epic” & “Cry All Night”. Now, in the same interviews, I’ve seen it referenced that the band has recorded 16 songs in total for this project. 11 of them are accounted for above. Assuming Epic & Cry All Night aren’t just songs that were retitled into one of the 12 above, that makes for 13 known track names. What about the other two? Who knows. As it was once told to me by someone on the inside, “that is all up to the record label, anyway”.
So that’s Epic, Cry all Night, and two under untitled songs that are unaccounted for.
So, which version are you getting? :)