8 classic albums reissued on vinyl

The first eight Black Sabbath albums dating back to the 1970 classics ‘Black Sabbath’ and ‘Paranoid’ are to be reissued on heavyweight 180g vinyl. Six titles will be released next month - with the rest to follow in July 2015.

The campaign which follows the acquisition in 2013 of the Sanctuary catalogue by BMG, will be marketed and promoted by [PIAS]. All album artwork reflects the original release from the cover to the printed inner sleeves and each title will include a CD.

The following three titles will be released on 22nd June 2015

Black Sabbath (Original release 13th Feb 1970)

The eponymous debut studio album. Released in 1970 the album reached number eight on the UK Albums Chart and number 23 on the  Billboard charts. Based around their live set, it was recorded in a twelve-hour session in October '69 and is regarded by many as one of the most significant albums in the development of Heavy Metal. 

Paranoid (Original release 18th Sept 1970)

Paranoid was the band's first LP to top the UK Albums Chart. It is often regarded as one of the most quintessential and influential albums in heavy metal history.

Master Of Reality  (Original release 21st July 1971)

Master of Reality, the third studio album, is widely regarded as the foundation of doom, stoner and sludge metal and their most sonically influential work. The final Black Sabbath album to be produced by Roger Bain.

The following three titles will be released on 29th June 2015:

Vol 4. (Original release 25th Sept 1972)

The masterpiece. Guitarist Tony Iommi assumed production duties. In June 2013 Mojo declared, "If booze and dope had helped fuel Sabbath's earlier albums, Vol. 4 is their cocaine".

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath  (Original release 1st Dec 1973)

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath was produced by the band and Tom Allom and recorded at Morgan Studios in London in September '73. For the first time in their career, the band began to receive favourable reviews in the mainstream press, with Rolling Stone calling the album "an extraordinarily gripping affair", and "nothing less than a complete success. 

Sabotage (Original release 28th July 1975)

Sabotage is the sixth studio album. It was recorded in the midst of litigation with their former manager Patrick Meehan and the stress that resulted from the band's ongoing legal woes infiltrated the recording process, inspiring the album's title. It was co-produced by guitarist Tony Iommi and Mike Butcher. Again it received favourable reviews…Rolling Stone stating "Sabotage is not only Black Sabbath's best record since Paranoid, it might be their best ever".