VINYL RELEASE DATE: 10/1/2021
ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 10/1/2021
VARIANT: 180 GRAM SUPER DELUXE EDITION BLACK VINYL 5LP BOX SET
Black Sabbath may have created heavy metal with their 1970 debut — and then perfected it on their next few follow-ups — but in 1976, there was no blueprint for what a metal band should do when they're seven records deep. Surrounded by a rapidly-changing musical landscape, the band reflexively fused the sunny sounds of the day with their engine-rumbling metal rippers. Many fans didn’t click with it then, but over time, it’s become a fascinating document of a foundational band navigating a very real identity crisis.
We're honoring this daring album with a collection that includes a newly remastered version of the original, a brand-new mix by Steven Wilson, plus more than 90 minutes of previously unreleased outtakes, alternative mixes and live tracks. TECHNICAL ECSTASY: SUPER DELUXE EDITION will be available on October 1st as a 5LP set on 180-gram black vinyl.
TECHNICAL ECSTASY: SUPER DELUXE EDITION comes with eight previously unreleased outtakes and alternative mixes. Among those are different mixes of “You Won’t Change Me” and “Rock ’n’ Roll Doctor,” as well as both outtake and instrumental versions for “She’s Gone.” The collection concludes with 10 previously unreleased live tracks recorded during the 1976-77 Technical Ecstasy World Tour. The songs touch on different eras of the band’s history with early tracks like “Black Sabbath” and “War Pigs” alongside new songs “Gypsy” and “Dirty Women.”
The collection comes with an extensive booklet featuring artwork, liner notes, rare memorabilia and photos from the era, plus a replica of the 1976-77 world tour concert book and a large color poster.
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