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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1996

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Headless Cross (6:15)
2. When Death Calls (6:41)
3. Devil And Daughter (4:32)
4. The Sabbath Stones (6:35)
5. The Battle of Tyr (1:08)
6. Odin's Court (2:21)
7. Valhalla (4:53)
8. TV Crimes (3:58)
9. Virtual Death (5:49)
10. Evil Eye (5:58)
11. Kiss Of Death (6:06)
12. Guilty As Hell (3:27)
13. Loser Gets It All (2:55)
14. Disturbing The Priest (5:49)
15. Heart Like A Wheel (6:35)
16. The Shining (5:38)

Total Time 79:59

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Line-up / Musicians

Tracks 1-3 (Headless Cross)
- Tony Martin / vocals
- Tony Iommi / guitar
- Geoff Nicholls / keyboard
- Laurence Cottle / bass guitar
- Cozy Powell / drums

Tracks 4-7 (Tyr)
- Tony Martin - vocals
- Tony Iommi - guitar
- Geoff Nicholls - keyboard
- Neil Murray - bass guitar
- Cozy Powell - drums

Track 8 (Dehumanizer)
- Ronnie James Dio -/vocals
- Tony Iommi / guitars
- Geezer Butler / bass
- Vinny Appice / drums
- Geoff Nicholls / keyboards

Tracks 9-10 (Cross Purposes)
- Tony Martin / vocals
- Tony Iommi / guitars
- Geoff Nicholls / keyboards
- Geezer Butler / bass
- Bobby Rondinelli /drums

Tracks 11-13 (Forbidden)
- Tony Martin / vocals
- Tony Iommi / guitars
- Neil Murray / bass
- Cozy Powell / drums
- Geoff Nicholls / keyboards

Track 14 (Born Again)
- Ian Gillan / vocals
- Tony Iommi / guitar
- Geezer Butler / bass
- Bill Ward / drums
- Geoff Nicholls / keyboards

Track 15 (Seventh Star)
- Glenn Hughes / vocals
- Tony Iommi / guitar
- Geoff Nicholls / keyboards
- Dave Spitz / bass guitar
- Eric Singer / drums

Track 16 (The Eternal Idol)
- Tony Martin / vocals
- Iommi / guitars
- Geoff Nicholls / keyboards
- Bob Daisley / bass
- Eric Singer / drums

Releases information

Released on I.R.S. Records on April 29th, 1996. Recorded between 1983 and 1995.

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2.03
(7 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(43%)
43%
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(14%)
14%
Good, but non-essential (14%)
14%
Collectors/fans only (14%)
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Review by ZowieZiggy
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1 stars There are two approaches for this "Sabbath" compilation.

One, you think "Why the hell is it necessary to get these Ozzy-less songs" or you believe that even if it is not essential at all to get all these Ozzy-less albums (which is totally true) some might be interested to get the "best" of those years. In principle, I would go for the latter option. But in principle only.

Because, this one is a crappy work.

IMO, there were two good "Sabbath" albums in all these years : "Seventh Star" and definitively "Cross Purposes". And only three songs out of sixteen come from those two albums. Of which a good bluesy one featuring Glenn Hughes on the vocals ("Heart Like a Wheel") and one of their best song from this long period. The brilliant "Virtual Death". On par with their very good work from the early seventies.

Bearing in mind that their poorest albums ("Headless Cross", "Dehumanizer " and "Forbidden") will generate six songs is quite unbelievable.

The most covered album is "Tyr". Four songs of which only "The Sabbath Stones" was excellent. The other three being two short instrumentals ("The Battle Of Tyr", "Odin's Court) and the poorest one of the album ("Valhalla").

The only very good number from the Gillan days ("Trashed") is also omitted. Etc.

So many mistakes are rather intolerable. Even if this part of their repertoire was not that great, there were far much better choices than the ones available here. Don't ever think of getting this one. Their only compilation to take into consideration is the great "Best Of Balck Sabbath" released in 2000. This one does not even stand shy. It is an insult to the fan.

One star.

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3 stars A Great Example of that Sabbath didn't die after Sabotage, or Never Say Die, or Mob Rules. Thought the messy lineup changes and the music far below the magic moments of early Sabbath, it's still very good Heavy Metal. My favorite tracks here are the songs from "Headless Cross", "TYR", "Cross Purpo ... (read more)

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