Black Sabbath Back Catalog to be available digitally

Thanks to Tim over at bravewords for pointing this out to me… I am currently trying to find out whether this means it will be available in the US versions of iTunes and Amazon’s MP3 store, or just their UK counterparts. Given the albums cover from 1970-1987, this is the old European distribution stuff, the same source masters that did the 1996 Castle Remasters, and the more recent Sanctuary stuff. I’m also attempting to find out if this is new mastering work, or the same stuff done earlier. Will report back when I have more details. Also, I don’t know what this “The Singles” is – that’s a new one to me..

The BLACK SABBATH back catalog will be available digitally for the first time in the UK from Monday, March 30th following a deal struck by Universal Music Catalogue UK, a division of Universal Music UK.
The release of this key digital catalog is a major event for the digital market, and will for the first time see the Black Sabbath catalogue available for digital download and streaming services outside of North America.
Brian Rose, Managing Director, Commercial Division of Universal Music UK said: “The Black Sabbath catalog is one of the most iconic catalogues to be missing from the digital market. We are delighted that from 30th March music fans will finally be able to download and stream Black Sabbath’s music from our digital partners. This is a significant step for us, and will be happening alongside the physical release of ‘Paranoid’ as a Deluxe Edition, showing our commitment to providing music fans with the very best both physically and digitally.”
From March 30th, 18 titles from the Black Sabbath catalog will be available for download from retailers including iTunes; MP3 store; Tesco Digital; 7 Digital;, MP3 stores and Lost
The albums will also be available from streaming partners such as Spotify, Napster and We7. Also available for the first time will be ringtones of classic tracks ‘Paranoid’, ‘War Pigs’ and ‘Iron Man’ – featuring some of the most memorable riffs in rock history.
The release of the digital catalog on March 30th, coincides with the physical release of Paranoid Deluxe Edition.
The catalog includes:
Black Sabbath (1970)
Paranoid (1971)
Master Of Reality (1971)
Black Sabbath, Vol 4 (1972)
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)
Sabotage (1975)
We Sold Our Soul For Rock ‘n’ Roll (1975)
Technical Ecstasy (1976)
Never Say Die! (1978)
Heaven And Hell (1980)
Live At Last (1980)
Mob Rules (1981)
Live Evil (1982)
Born Again (1983)
Seventh Star (1986)
The Eternal Idol (1987)
Past Lives (2002)
The Singles (2000)