16 Songs, 1 Hour 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Issued in 1976 and subsequently reissued on cassette and CD with the song lineups slightly revised, We Sold Our Soul for Rock ’n’ Roll was a double-LP greatest-hits collection from a band that never aimed for hits and instead (partly inadvertently) laid the groundwork for heavy metal and even punk. The band had released six studio albums at this time this compilation was made, but only one song apiece was taken from their fifth and sixth albums (“Sabbath Bloody Sabbath,” the title track to their fifth, and “Am I Going Insane [Radio]” from Sabotage). The rest come from the first four albums, including nearly all of their self-titled first album, four songs from Paranoid, two from Master of Reality, and four from Vol. 4. For a summary of the band’s work with original singer Ozzy Osbourne and original drummer Bill Ward, this remains a solid choice, though most Sabbath fans will find themselves buying the original albums with Ozzy eventually. 

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Issued in 1976 and subsequently reissued on cassette and CD with the song lineups slightly revised, We Sold Our Soul for Rock ’n’ Roll was a double-LP greatest-hits collection from a band that never aimed for hits and instead (partly inadvertently) laid the groundwork for heavy metal and even punk. The band had released six studio albums at this time this compilation was made, but only one song apiece was taken from their fifth and sixth albums (“Sabbath Bloody Sabbath,” the title track to their fifth, and “Am I Going Insane [Radio]” from Sabotage). The rest come from the first four albums, including nearly all of their self-titled first album, four songs from Paranoid, two from Master of Reality, and four from Vol. 4. For a summary of the band’s work with original singer Ozzy Osbourne and original drummer Bill Ward, this remains a solid choice, though most Sabbath fans will find themselves buying the original albums with Ozzy eventually. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
54 Ratings
54 Ratings
MusicManiac76 ,

Not the original but really good!!!

To those old enough to remember, "Warning" and "N.I.B." are here, just merged with other songs, as they are on the American edition of the first album, "Black Sabbath." Like it or not, and I don't particularly, that's the way the first album is. This is the only country in which it is this way.

The original vinyl just had "Warning" & "N.I.B" as single tracks. The cassette did as well. The 1988 CD removed "Warning" & "Laguna Sunrise" to make this album fit on 1 CD.

Obviously, the Sabbath albums were remastered in 2002 and again in 2012, then for digital release. In 2002, a different compilation with 13 additional tracks, "Symptom of the Universe" was released on CD. "Warning" stood alone as did "N.I.B" although not with Geezer's opening bass solo. I personally found the 2002 remasters to be superior. Because the albums were released in 2004 using the 2002 remasters, I was able to copy "N.I.B." onto a CD. I then made this album across 2 CDs, as it originally was. I still have it.

With all of this in mind, can you go wrong by purchasing the digital version? Absolutely not, although I recommend just buying the Complete Studio albums collection. Rather, I recommend you purchase the "Black Box" CD-set or "Complete Albums Box" CD-set, provided you can find the latter. I even recommend the "Symptom of the Universe" collection, which is 29 songs. If you have the capability, you can make "We Sold Our Soul" as I did using those remasters, or you can enjoy "Symptom of the Universe" as it is, the same as I do.

If "Symptom of the Universe" had been published first, we would regard it as the official Sabbath greatest hits. Anyway, this review is for the purpose of telling those who may not know what options are available. This record is phenomenal though, and I can't recommend it enough.

MephistoEstoqis ,

What!

Where's n.i.b.?

Caligula Caesar ,

Warning

I would like to purchase the song Warning. What happened to it? I have this album on vinyl and cd. It's on both.
That is one of their best songs in my opinion. Why is it missing?

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