Some Thoughts on “Complete Albums” Box

The front cover of the box - closed

Earlier this week, Rhino released a box set called “Black Sabbath: The Complete Albums 1970-1978″ on CD.   As I said earlier on this site, and on Twitter, this is effectively the audio from 2004′s “Black Box” just reprinted.  After having it in my hands for a few days now, this is indeed what it […]

Cal Jam 1974 is 40!

Cal Jam 74 Advert

Sunday April 6th is the 40th Anniversary of the famous Cal Jam Festival concert.   One of the more known pieces of concert video, and was the period where Tony Iommi didn’t wear a mustache.  :)  

Video from NY show on Monday

Black Sabbath Live 2013

Short and sweet, you don’t want to read my blathering. Here’s video of the whole concert (from multiple sources) from Monday night, which kicks off this current (final?) leg of the 13 Tour.  Also, here is the setlist:

14 EP


Hot on the heels of the July 4th Hyde Park show comes this little tidbit I found in my inbox tonight.  Cover art for something that should look awfully familiar to some people, who were excited about the new Black Sabbath studio release from last year.    We’ve been hearing rumours of another new Sabbath […]

July 4 Concert Announced


The tour continues on.  A date at Hyde Park in London on July 4th has been added.  Normally this called “British Summer Time”, but it’s been amusingly renamed to “Black Sabbath Time”.  A press release and video about the new gig are below.  Tickets go on sale 9AM Wed Apr 2:

Bloody Valentine

Bloody Valentine

A few weeks ago I happened upon a song that was released in Feb 2013 that I completely missed.  It features an artist I had never heard of called Layla Milou, and our own Tony Martin.  The track is called “Bloody Valentine”.  I’ve never claimed I know everything, but my totally missing the track surprised […]

Complete Albums 1970-1978 Details

Complete Albums 1970-1978

A few weeks ago, the original Mk I Black Sabbath output was finally made available on iTunes in the US/North America for the first time.  The cover art with the set looked an awful lot like the Black Box set from 2004.   Then last week, I found out about a “new” box set being […]

Black Sabbath Cake!

Sabbath Cake - Mar 2014

I’ve posted about cakes a few times in the past – I don’t know why I’m fascinated by them, but I got a pic of another Black Sabbath cake last week from a fan Maria Hernandez.  When I asked her what the story behind the cake was, this is what she said..

Dio covers album “This Is Your Life”

This is Your Life Front

There’s a new Dio covers album coming out this spring that benefits the RJD Stand up for Cancer charity.  It’s a good cause, and has a lot of cool artists on it.   Anthrax, Metallica, Rob Halford, Halestorm, Scorpions, and plenty others.  Cool factoid – Halestorm opened for Heaven & Hell on the last concert […]

Happy 20th, Cross Purposes!

Cross Purposes Sticker from my original CD purchase in Jan 1994.

Today is January 31, 2014.  That means that 20 years ago, it was Jan 31, 1994.    And on that date, came the penultimate studio Black Sabbath album in the Tony Martin era of the band, Cross Purposes! I’m not doing a full retrospective, because I’m a bit too busy to write about it on […]