Black Sabbath SABOTAGE: Inside The Super Deluxe Edition

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Kicking ass, taking names and freaking out. That was pretty much the state of Black Sabbath when the band was making its sixth studio album, Sabotage. The members had recently discovered that they'd been robbed blind by unscrupulous management, and were still dealing with the fallout.

"So, much of the time, when we weren't onstage or in the studio, we were in lawyers' offices trying to get out of all our contracts," guitarist Tony Iommi groused to Guitar World. "We were literally in the studio, trying to record, and we'd be signing all these affidavits and everything. That's why we called it Sabotage -- because we felt that the whole process was just being totally sabotaged by all these people ripping us off."

Channeling that energy and aggression into the record, Sabotage emerged as a wild and schizophrenic freak-out that careened from one extreme to another. All of that energy and so much more is captured in the new Super Deluxe Edition of the Black Sabbath classic.

The collection will arrive with 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 11 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. Also included is a 1975 Madison Square Garden replica concert book and Sabotage 1975 tour color poster.

Both the 4-CD and 4-LP versions are available for pre-order now. Listen to the new single edit of "Am I Going Insane (Radio)" below.