We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll

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We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll
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Released1 December 1975 (U.K.)
3 February 1976 (U.S.)
Genre Heavy metal, blues rock
Label NEMS
Warner Bros. (US/Canada)
Vertigo (Europe)
Producer Rodger Bain, Mike Butcher, Patrick Meehan, Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath compilations chronology
We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll
The Collection

We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll is a compilation album by Black Sabbath, originally released on 1 December 1975 in the UK and then on 3 February 1976 in the U.S.


Album information

When Black Sabbath signed with NEMS, the label which would release their 1975 album Sabotage in the UK, NEMS acquired the band's back catalogue and wasted little time compiling this release. Authorized without the band's awareness by their previous manager, Patrick Meehan, the band would make no money whatsoever from the release. Although the band had six studio albums to its name at this point, this compilation drew heavily on the first four albums: this would also be a feature of most of the Osbourne-era compilations later released.

The original UK gatefold album, with a matte finish, had centre pages featuring shots of the band but this was omitted on reissues, which came in a glossy-finish sleeve. Additionally, the original record retained Geezer Butler's bass solo before "N.I.B.", but this would be edited from later issues. Some U.S. copies of the LP do not actually include "Wicked World" on the label or on the record itself, though it does appear on the cover. In the UK, "Wicked World" had been only a B-side and was relatively obscure.

Despite the album being an official release, Iommi has been quoted as saying that the first time the band knew of it was when asked to autograph copies which fans presented after concerts.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic [1]
Robert Christgau (C) [2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide [3]

It was certified Silver in the UK by the BPI on 1 October 1976. [4] In the US the RIAA certified the album as Gold on 7 February 1980, Platinum on 13 May 1986 and 2x Multi-Platinum (generally known as 'Double Platinum' outside the offices of the RIAA) on 16 March 2000. [5]

Track listing

This is the track listing on the original record/cassette release. All songs written by Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward except where noted.

Side one
  1. "Black Sabbath" (from Black Sabbath , 1970)
  2. "The Wizard" (from Black Sabbath)
  3. "Warning" (Aynsley Dunbar, John Moorshead, Alex Dmochowski, Victor Hickling) (from Black Sabbath)
Side two
  1. "Paranoid" (from Paranoid , 1970)
  2. "War Pigs" (from Paranoid)
  3. "Iron Man" (from Paranoid)
  4. "Wicked World" (from U.S. release of Black Sabbath'/B-side to UK "Evil Woman" single, 1970)
Side three
  1. "Tomorrow's Dream" (from Vol. 4 , 1972)
  2. "Fairies Wear Boots" (from Paranoid)
  3. "Changes" (from Vol. 4)
  4. "Sweet Leaf" (from Master of Reality )
  5. "Children of the Grave" (from Master of Reality)
Side four
  1. "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" (from Sabbath Bloody Sabbath , 1973)
  2. "Am I Going Insane (Radio)" (from Sabotage , 1975)
  3. "Laguna Sunrise" (from Vol. 4)
  4. "Snowblind" (from Vol. 4)
  5. "N.I.B." (from Black Sabbath)

When the album was released on CD, due to space restrictions, the tracks "Wicked World", "Warning" and "Laguna Sunrise" were omitted on the U.S. version. On the UK version "Wicked World" was omitted, the bass solo intro for "N.I.B." was cut, and "Children of the Grave" was shortened by 0:43 (the outro of the song). The CD was later remastered and reissued as a 2-CD set, restoring the original track listing and the bass solo intro for "N.I.B.".

A common cassette version in the US N.Y./N.J. market, late 70s to early 80s, had "N.I.B." appearing in place of "Wicked World".[ citation needed ]



RegionCertification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI) [6] Silver60,000^
United States (RIAA) [7] 2× Platinum2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history

United Kingdom1 December 1975NEMS
United States3 February 1976 Warner Bros. Records
Canada1976Warner Bros. Records
United Kingdom1996 Castle Communications
United Kingdom2004 Sanctuary Records

See also


  1. AllMusic Review
  2. Robert Christgau Review
  3. Rolling Stone Album Guide
  4. "BPI certified awards". Archived from the original on 28 March 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2009.
  5. "RIAA Gold & Platinum Database" . Retrieved 8 February 2009.
  6. "British album certifications – Black Sabbath – We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll". British Phonographic Industry.Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  7. "American album certifications – Black Sabbath – We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll". Recording Industry Association of America.If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.