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This vinyl revival… July 8, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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…is getting out of hand… check this out.

The Ten Year War box set brings together the first eight Sabbath studio albums in one place, plus a swathe of other rarities, and celebrates the band’s achievements on the stage, in the studio and in the public eye.

Box set cover art has been created by globally renowned street artist Shepard Fairey

The Limited Edition Box Set Includes:
8 x vinyl LPs meticulously reproduced in their original sleeves, re-mastered by renowned mastering engineer Andy Pearce from the original tapes and pressed on 180 gram splatter-coloured vinyl, each LP with unique and individual colouring.

• BLACK SABBATH
• PARANOID
• MASTER OF REALITY (including original fold-out colour poster)
• VOL. 4
• SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH
• SABOTAGE
• TECHNICAL ECSTASY
• NEVER SAY DIE!

I mean, I love Sabbath, but this seems over the top. And let us not talk about the price.

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1. sonofstan - July 8, 2017

Someone said to me yesterday that the catalogue side of the major labels – the bit where they look after the old stuff – used to be where you were sent if you failed at A&R; now its the bit that makes the most money and they’re taking on people to hatch just such projects as this to harness the spending power of the generation who’ve paid for their houses and got a free education.

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WorldbyStorm - July 8, 2017

Yeah, that makes sense.

Talking to a mutual acquaintance their take was that there’s no end of irony in this given how the labels sank vinyl originally to flog cds. Is it that clearcut? I suppose there has to be an element of it. They certainly exited that business super fast.

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sonofstan - July 8, 2017

Pretty much.
What they didn’t get, because most people working in the record business were technologically ignorant was something that was obvious to some people by the late 70s; digital content is much more easily replicable than analogue.

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2. Lamentreat - July 9, 2017

This detail is something else:

“Crucifix shaped Black Sabbath USB stick, exclusive to this box set, which can be worn round the neck and contains MQA high definition audio of the first eight Black Sabbath albums.”

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sonofstan - July 9, 2017

For some reason that reminds me of that last, weird Philip K. Dick trilogy. A lot of SF ‘predictions’ haven’t happened but the idea of information stored on a cross has that archaic/ super-modern combo that Dick was good at.

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WorldbyStorm - July 9, 2017

Yes, it does have that. I have to be honest, it’s kind of mad but fun. Now if they had four usb sticks that came together in a hub and two albums on each… 🙂

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