We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll

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We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll
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Compilation album by
Released1 December 1975 (U.K.)
3 February 1976 (U.S.)
Recorded1969–1975
Genre Heavy metal, blues rock
Length73:52
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
(1975)
The Collection
(1992)

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.

Black Sabbath British heavy metal band

Black Sabbath were an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, drummer Bill Ward, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and singer Ozzy Osbourne. Black Sabbath are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970), and Master of Reality (1971). The band had multiple line-up changes, with Iommi being the only constant member throughout its history.

Contents

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.

<i>Sabotage</i> (Black Sabbath album) 1975 studio album by Black Sabbath

Sabotage is the sixth studio album by English rock band Black Sabbath, released in July 1975. 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.

Patrick Anthony Meehan is a record producer who worked with Black Sabbath. He was also their manager until 1975.

Ozzy Osbourne English heavy metal vocalist and songwriter

John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne is an English singer, songwriter, actor and reality television star who rose to prominence during the 1970s as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath, during which he adopted the nickname "The Prince of Darkness". Osbourne was fired from the band in 1979 due to alcohol and drug problems, but went on to have a successful solo career, releasing eleven studio albums, the first seven of which were all awarded multi-platinum certifications in the United States. Osbourne has since reunited with Black Sabbath on several occasions. He rejoined the band in 1997 and recorded the group’s final studio album 13 (2013) before they embarked on a farewell tour which culminated in a final performance in their home city Birmingham, England in February 2017. His longevity and success have earned him the informal title of "Godfather of Heavy Metal".

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.

Geezer Butler English musician, bassist and lyricist of Black Sabbath

Terence Michael Joseph "Geezer" Butler is an English musician and songwriter. Butler is best known as the bassist and primary lyricist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He has also recorded and performed with Heaven & Hell, GZR, and Ozzy Osbourne. He currently serves as bassist of Deadland Ritual.

"N.I.B." is a song released by British rock band Black Sabbath. It first appeared as the fourth track on the band's 1970 debut album, Black Sabbath. The lyrics are in the first person from the point of view of Lucifer. Lyricist Geezer Butler has said that "the song was about the devil falling in love and totally changing, becoming a good person."

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.

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
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Robert Christgau (C) [2]
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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]

British Phonographic Industry organization

The BPI Limited, commonly known as the British Phonographic Industry or BPI, is the British recorded music industry's trade association.

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.

Tony Iommi British guitarist

Anthony Frank Iommi is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. He was lead guitarist and one of the four founder members of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He was the band's primary composer and sole continual member for nearly five decades.

William Thomas Ward is an English musician and visual artist, best known as the original drummer of the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He also performed lead vocals on two Black Sabbath songs: "It's Alright" from the album Technical Ecstasy and "Swinging the Chain" from the album Never Say Die!.

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 ]

Personnel

Certifications

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

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

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References

  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.