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Black Sabbath – 13

Black Sabbath 13 vinyl record
One of the greatest albums released this year is definitely Black Sabbath’s new record titled 13. I preordered my vinyl several months ago and received it last week. What I can say… It’s a classic Sabbath, sounds like many-many years ago when I discovered them being a teenager. This record actually gave me a feeling that I’m listening to something new, but at same time extremely familiar. Exactly what I wanted. And I’m not disappointed.

Of course I knew what to expect, because I’ve heard “God Is Dead?” single before the album was released. This song really impressed me, that’s why I decided to include it in my short video, where I demonstrate the vinyl set. Well, why am I so surprised? I’m talking here about patriarchs of Heavy Metal who collaborated with a great producer Rick Rubin, who also worked with Slayer, Metallica, Danzig, Red Hot Chilli Peppers , AC/DC and many others… Also, Sabbath sounds naturally with Ozzy. I really adore Dio, but Ozzy’s voice makes Sabbath a real Sabbath, if you know what I mean.

So, the album comes on two records in a gate-fold sleeve. Very nice looking one. I really like the illustrations and the 13 number in a fire…

Black Sabbath 13 vinyl record

The back side of the external sleeve has the list of the songs:

Black Sabbath 13 vinyl record

The internal sleeves have the lyrics; greetings from Ozzy, Tony and Geezer; and all album credits.

Black Sabbath 13 vinyl recordBlack Sabbath 13 vinyl recordI liked more the second one, because of its design with tubes, looking like my power amp:

Black Sabbath 13 vinyl recordBlack Sabbath 13 vinyl recordThe only thing in the design I did not really liked is the vinyl central logo. It has a Vertigo (the record label) picture on it. I would expect a 13 number in a fire, just like on external sleeve.

Black Sabbath 13 vinyl LPIn a bit more than one week from now, I fly to Israel, so last Sunday I went to Streetlight Records store here in San Jose to buy some presents for my friends, and of course I purchased this album on a CD (my friends still listen to CDs). I was very surprised when the cashier said that they have some promotion stuff to give me, related to 13. I received a poster, “Is God really Dead” sticker, a little 13 sticker which I already put on my truck, and a little nice badge. So, if you purchase the album in a physical store, you might still get this stuff there.

Black Sabbath 13 posterIs God Really Dead stickerBlack Sabbath 13 badgePlease, watch the video below to get some impression of the vinyl record design and its sound. You might consider going with this one, rather than a CD or iTunes download.

The Band is going on tour now and I really can’t wait to see them in August in Mountain View, CA and to hear the songs from this record live. Hope to see some of you there as well. Cheers!

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