Black Sabbath Revisiting 1972’s ‘Vol. 4’ for Deluxe Reissue in February 2021

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Vol. 4 was the fourth studio album from Black Sabbath released in 1972 — and was essentially the first Sabbath record self-produced by the band, as guitarist Tony Iommi was largely responsible for the album’s production after then-manager Patrick Meehan’s role was minimized in the studio.

Sabbath will revisit the record in 2021 for a lavish Super Deluxe reissue featuring a wealth of bonus material, it was announced on Wednesday.

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The set will arrive on Feb. 12 via Rhino Records.

More on the Vol. 4 reissue, via Rhino:

The innovators of heavy metal revisit Vol 4 on a new collection that includes a newly remastered version of the original album along with a trove of 20 unreleased studio and live recordings and comes with extensive booklets featuring liner notes with quotes from the era from all four band members, rare photos, and a poster with previously unpublished early artwork of the album using the working title Snowblind.

Bolstered by a fresh remastering, Vol 4’s ambitious arrangements and complex grooves have never sounded more inspired and menacing. 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, Paranoid, and Master of Reality – were produced by Rodger Bain and recorded in England, they instead chose to produce Vol 4 themselves and record it at the Record Plant in Los Angeles.


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