Previously unreleased studio and Sabs live recordings will be available on February 12th, 2021.
Black Sabbath, the godfathers of heavy metal, will revisit their 1972 milestone “Vol 4” on a new collection including a newly remastered version of the original album along with a stash of 20 unreleased studio and live recordings.
“Vol 4: Super Deluxe Edition” will be available on February 12 as a 4-CD set and a 5-LP set. Both versions come with extensive booklets featuring liner notes with quotes from the era from all four band members (Ozzy, Tony, Geezer and Bill), rare photos and a poster with previously unpublished early artwork of the album using the working title “Snowblind”.
Originally released in September 1972, the album marked two major changes for the members of Sabbath: Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward. While their previous albums – “Black Sabbath” (1970), “Paranoid” (1970) and “Master of Reality” (1971) – were produced by Rodger Bain and recorded in England, they instead chose to produce “Vol 4” themselves and record it at the famous Record Plant in Los Angeles.
The generous addition of bonus material on “Vol 4: Super Deluxe Edition” begins with six previously unreleased studio outtakes from the original sessions for the album. Each one has been newly mixed by Steven Wilson using the analog multi-tracks. Highlights include outtakes for “Supernaut” and “Changes” as well an instrumental version of “Under The Sun”.
The set also features 11 additional studio recordings (also newly mixed by Wilson himself from the analog multi-tracks) that spotlight alternative takes, false starts and snippets of studio dialogue. Along with several alternative takes for “Wheels Of Confusion”, these recordings also include outtakes for “The Straightener” and “Snowblind”.
Last but not least the collection concludes with a searing collection of live performances that re-create a typical setlist from Black Sabbath’s tour for “Vol 4”. Recorded in March 1973 at various stops along the band’s U.K. these brilliant and loud recordings were originally slated for a live album that was ultimately shelved.
Although some of these performances have been previously available in various other states, the release marks the first time that a full 1973 live Sabbath show has been recreated. The live audio has been newly mixed by Richard Digby Smith using the original 16-track analog tapes to achieve a level of fidelity not heard on any previous incarnations. Included are thrilling live versions of “Vol 4” tracks (“Tomorrow’s Dream” and “Cornucopia”) and obviously fan favorites (“Paranoid” and “War Pigs”).
Listen here to the remastered version of “Tomorrow’s Dream”