Super Deluxe edition of the band’s 1972 classic.
Includes newly re-mastered original album plus 20 previously unreleased studio and live recordings.
Bolstered by a fresh re-mastering, 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.
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 analogue multi-tracks. Highlights include outtakes for “Supernaut” and “Changes,” as well as an instrumental version of “Under The Sun.”
The set also features 11 additional studio recordings (also newly mixed by Wilson from the analogue multi-tracks) that spotlight alternative takes, false starts and snippets of studio dialogue. These tracks transport listeners into the studio with the band and offer some insight into the making of the album. Along with several alternative takes for “Wheels Of Confusion,” these recordings also include outtakes for “The Straightener” and “Snowblind.”
The collection concludes with a searing collection of live performances that re-create a typical set-list from Black Sabbath’s tour for Vol 4, recorded in March 1973 at various stops along the band’s U.K. tour. The recordings were originally slated for a live album that was ultimately shelved