5-Stars Is For QRP Pressing
Rhino is re-issuing (yet again) this title, along with the other 7 albums with the original lineup. Rhino's offical website asks "Are these reissues different from previous Sabbath titles we've released before? No." Keep in mind, however, that only the first four titles are pressed by QRP, and these are worth buying if you don't own mint or near-mint copies of the original 70's - era LPs, or have not purchased the previous Rhino reissues. The pressing quality is typically superb for the QRP releases. After those first four titles, I can only speak for "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" and "Sabotage", both of which suffered from surface noise (a crackling sound, tic's, and pops) on several tracks of both LPs. So there you go. Can't help but wonder why Rhino didn't use QRP on all titles? The 2012 remaster, BTW, is subtly different than the Warner's originals - if, like me, you grew up listening to these iconic LPs, you may wish they'd leave well enough alone.