Black Sabbath was embroiled in a protracted legal battle with its former manager in 1975 when the band started recording its sixth studio album, Sabotage. The group felt sabotaged at every turn – hence the album’s title – but that feeling helped fuel the intensity of the new music they were making. In spite of the distractions, the band created one of the most dynamic – and underappreciated – albums of its legendary career.
Rhino pays tribute to the patron saints of heavy metal with a collection that includes a newly remastered version of the original album along with a complete live show recorded during the band’s 1975 tour. Sabotage: Super Deluxe Edition will be available on June 11th as both a 4-CD set ($49.98) and a 4-LP set on 180-gram vinyl ($109.98), with the latter including a bonus 7-inch with the single edit for Am I Going Insane (Radio) and Hole In The Sky on the flipside with artwork replicating the very rare Japanese release of the single. Both the 4-CD and 4-LP versions are available for pre-order now at the store.
The newly remastered version of the original album will be available via digital download and streaming services on the same day. Click here to listen to the newly remastered version of “Am I Going Insane (Radio),” available today digitally. 
Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward recorded the album in London and Brussels and co-produced the album with Mike Butcher. The eight songs were released first in the U.S. in July 1975, and then in the U.K. that September. Certified gold in America and silver in the UK, Sabotage earned positive reviews for hard-hitting tracks like Hole In The Sky and Symptom Of The Universe, as well as more experimental music like Supertzar, which featured harp, Mellotron, and the English Chamber Choir.
Sabotage: Super Deluxe Edition introduces 16 live tracks (13 of which are previously unreleased) that were recorded in 1975 during the quartet’s U.S. tour for the album. The performances include songs that span the group’s career, from the title track to its 1970 debut Black Sabbath to Spiral Architect and Sabbra Cadabra from its previous album, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973). Sabotage is represented as well with live takes of Hole In The Sky and Megalomania.
The music is accompanied by in-depth liner notes that tell the story of the album through quotes from band members and the music media along with rare photos and press clippings from the era. Also included is a 1975 Madison Square Garden replica concert book and Sabotage 1975 tour color poster.
Sabotage: Super Deluxe Edition:
CD Track Listing 

Disc One: Original Album Remastered:

1. Hole In The Sky
2. Don’t Start (Too Late)
3. Symptom Of The Universe
4. Megalomania
5. Thrill Of It All
6. Supertzar
7. Am I Going Insane (Radio)
8. The Writ

Disc Two: North American Tour Live ’75:

1. Supertzar/Killing Yourself To Live *
2. Hole In The Sky 
3. Snowblind *
4. Symptom Of The Universe 
5. War Pigs *
6. Megalomania”
7.  Sabbra Cadabra*
8. Jam 1 including guitar solo *
9. Jam 2 including drum solo *
10. Supernaut *
11. Iron Man * 

Disc Three: North American Tour Live ’75:

1. Guitar Solo including excerpts of Orchid and Rock ’n’ Roll Doctor*
2. Black Sabbath *
3. Spiral Architect *
4. Embryo”/“Children Of The Grave *
5. Paranoid * 

Disc Four:

1. Am I Going Insane (Radio) – Single Edit
2.. Hole In The Sky 

LP One: Original Album Remastered:

Side One:

1. Hole In The Sky
2. Don’t Start (Too Late)
3. Symptom Of The Universe
4. Megalomania 

Side Two:

1. Thrill Of It All
2. Supertzar
3. Am I Going Insane (Radio)
4. The Writ 

LP Two: North American Tour Live ’75:

Side Three:

1. Supertzar/Killing Yourself To Live *
2. Hole In The Sky 
3. Snowblind * 

Side Four:

1. Symptom Of The Universe 
2. War Pigs * 

LP Three: North American Tour Live ’75

Side Five:

1. Megalomania *
2. Sabbra Cadabra *

Side Six:

1. Jam 1 including guitar solo *
2. Jam 2 including drum solo *
3. Supernaut 

LP Four: North American Tour Live ’75:

Side Seven:

1. Iron Man *
2. Guitar Solo including excerpts of Orchid and Rock ’n’ Roll Doctor*
3. Black Sabbath * 

Side Eight:

1. Spiral Architect *
2. Embryo/Children Of The Grave *
3. Paranoid * 

7” Single:

1. Am I Going Insane (Radio) – Single Edit
2. Hole In The Sky * previously unreleased

12 Responses

  1. I would be interested in this if I knew who remastered the original recordings because i
    still have the original vinyl album i bought when i was 16 lol – it’s still in remarkably good shape and sounds great on my system – so the remaster would have to be amazing for me to shell out big bucks for it – because I’m not much for live albums- kiss alive and strangers in the night are the only 2 live albums I have ever liked

    1. Robert, what about “Made In Japan?” – Deep Purple, or “Live! Bootleg” – Aerosmith, “Double Live Gonzo!” – Ted Nugent, “Double Trouble Live” – Molly Hatchet, “Live From Earth” – Pat Benatar, “Unleashed In The East” – Judas Priest, or “Priest…Live!” “Frampton Comes Alive!” – Peter Frampton, just to name a few great live albums.

    2. Robert, I already pre-ordered this from my favorite independent record shop. I’m looking forward to the live recordings on it. KI$$ Alive! is my all time favorite album…recorded by my all time favorite band, the original KI$$!

    3. Great classic live albums, Doug! I’d like to add Cheap Trick’s “Budahkan” and Motorhead’s “No Sleep Til Hammersmith” to the list.

  2. Doug,
    I like to hear mostly studio recordings that’s just me , priests live album was pretty good , but I still like the original studio recordings of those songs better , I saw priest a bunch of times in the 80s and they are spectacular live , just doesn’t translate for me as a live album ~

    1. Another GREAT live album – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers ~ “Pack Up The Plantation: LIVE!” Just got done listening to it, for the 500th time! (Give or take ;)) since 1985! 🙂

  3. Doug R.

    The version of Breakdown on that album is awesome. I’m a sucker for audience participation. FM radio in the NY/NJ area used to play it all the time but I haven’t heard that version on the radio in decades. I’m not a Springsteen fan at all but will gladly see him live just to watch everyone sing every lyric to every song.

    1. Myk, you are SO right! “Breakdown” live is AMAZING! The audience participation singing along to every single word with Petty gives me goose bumps every time! And you can’t help but to sing along as well listening to the album! Just heard the live version here in Virginia on 106.9 The Fox about a week ago, driving along just singing my song! 😉 Agree with Springsteen as well, not a huge fan, but live? His band is incredible, and the audience participation/interaction is so awesome!

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