Got this press release in about another Sabbath compilation due in October. Here’s the PR…


Twenty-Nine Track, Two-CD Package Roars Into Stores October 15

LOS ANGELES – What is this that stands before you? Warner Bros. Records/Rhino Entertainment is set to unleash one of the heaviest collections to emerge this or any other year – a mighty anthology that attests to the longstanding influence of the Iron Men of hard rock – Black Sabbath!

Executive-produced by Sharon Osbourne, SYMPTOM OF THE UNIVERSE: THE ORIGINAL BLACK SABBATH (1970-1978) gathers and remasters 29 classic songs clocking in at more than 150 minutes created by the first – and most successful – incarnation of the Birmingham, England-bred band: vocalist John "Ozzy" Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Terry "Geezer" Butler, and drummer Bill Ward.

SYMPTOM OF THE UNIVERSE spans Black Sabbath’s eight studio albums-from their self-titled debut of 1970 (an album recorded in under 12 hours!), to their final studio long-player with Osbourne’s vocals, 1978’s Never Say Die! The two-CD package will be available October 15 at all retail outlets, as well as at for a suggested list price of $31.98.

Featuring a detailed history by Mick Wall (author of Paranoid: Black Days With Sabbath and Other Horror Stories), SYMPTOM OF THE UNIVERSE: THE ORIGINAL BLACK SABBATH (1970-1978) includes the essentials-"Black Sabbath," "Paranoid," "Iron Man," "War Pigs," "Sweet Leaf," "Snowblind," and "Hole in the Sky." But there’s also such noteworthy album tracks as "Sabbra Cadabra" and "Into the Void," as well as their rare cover of "Evil Woman," which was only included on the British album version of 1970’s Black Sabbath.

Long before The Osbournes reality-TV show made him and wife/manager Sharon the nation’s new "Ozzie & Harriet," Osbourne was the plaintive, compelling voice of Black Sabbath. The four-piece band created massive slabs of vinyl that the late-’60s and ’70s generation were drawn towards like moths to a flame-Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Master of Reality, and Volume 4 were totems of anti-flower-power that nevertheless decried the horrors of Vietnam and governmental hypocrisy. By the mid-’70s, BLACK SABBATH were stadium-sized monsters in the USA, Europe, and beyond, unleashing such titanic platters of doom as Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Sabotage, Technical Ecstasy and Never Say Die!

Since BLACK SABBATH are still entrancing new generations of hard rock and heavy metal fans each year-they are one of the only ’60s bands played alongside new artists on Modern and Active Rock radio-SYMPTOM OF THE UNIVERSE may inspire more of the literally hundreds of rock bands to follow in their wake. With his successful OZZfest summer tours, Ozzy Osbourne continues to play these songs as part of his concerts, and brings down the house with them every time.