Black Sabbath's hard-hitting Vol. 4 is shaping up to be the centerpiece of one of 2021's first big box sets! A super deluxe edition of the band's 1972 album is coming your way on Feb. 12.
Available on 4 CDs or 5 LPs, Vol. 4 will feature a wealth of unreleased bonus material. A total of 17 alternate versions and outtakes will be unleashed from the vault - all newly remixed from the original multi-track tapes by acclaimed engineer Steven Wilson. The package will also feature a recreation of Sabbath's March 1973 live set on their tour of England - with all tracks newly mixed as well, and three being released for the first time.
All versions of the box also come with a booklet of liner notes featuring quotes from all four band members, rare photos and even a poster featuring unused album artwork with the originally intended title, Snowblind. Hear the new remaster of "Tomorrow's Dream" below.
Vol. 4 was Sabbath's third straight album to ship platinum in the U.S., as well as their third consecutive Top 20 album in America. (In their native England, each of their first four albums reached the Top 10.) It also marked a series of firsts for band members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward: it was the first album they recorded outside of England - at the famed Record Plant in Los Angeles - and the first album they produced on their own. Fans of all stripes fell in love with the record - it was reportedly a favorite of both Frank Zappa and Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham - and tracks like "Tomorrow's Dream," "Snowblind," "Supernaut" and "Changes" remain among the band's best-loved.
The super deluxe Vol. 4 follows a similar, vinyl-only box set released earlier this year for the 50th anniversary of Paranoid.