Black Sabbath

Iron Man [Spectum]

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Of the countless Black Sabbath compilations issued during the '90s and early 2000s, most focus on the group's late-'80s/early-'90s era, when guitarist Tony Iommi was the only original Sabbath member left in attendance. But there were a few exceptions, such as the 1998 import Iron Man, a single disc that spans 1970 through 1975. Now if it's a neatly assembled Ozzy-era Sabbath compilation that you're after, this isn't it, as such classics as "Black Sabbath," "N.I.B.," and "Children of the Grave" are nowhere to be found here. But there's a reason why they're not included, as several oft-overlooked album cuts take their place. And what splendid selections they are. While "Electric Funeral," "Wheels of Confusion," "Into the Void," "Killing Yourself to Live," and "Hole in the Sky" may not be as well known as the aforementioned tracks, they are just as exceptional. That said, the majority of the Sab classics you expect are indeed here -- "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath," "Sweet Leaf," "Paranoid," "Iron Man," and "War Pigs." While We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll probably remains the strongest single-disc Sabbath collection, Iron Man is certainly not far behind.

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