Black Sabbath - We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'N' Roll

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Posted on Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:18am
by John MacMillan

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NEMS/Warner Bros./Vertigo


Album Overview

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.


A1Black Sabbath6:15
A2The Wizard4:20
B2War Pigs7:55
B3Iron Man6:00
B4Wicked World
C1Tomorrow's Dream3:08
C2Fairies Wear Boots6:13
C4Sweet Leaf5:02
C5Children Of The Grave5:15
D1Sabbath Bloody Sabbath5:35
D2Am I Going Insane (Radio)4:13
D3Laguna Sunrise2:50

Album information

When Black Sabbath signed with NEMS, the label which would release their 1975 album Sabotage in the UK and Europe, 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.


It was certified Silver in the UK by the BPI on 1 October 1976. 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.


Art Direction: Results
Bass Guitar: Geezer Butler
Drums: Bill Ward
Lead Guitar: Tony Iommi
Producer: Rodger Bain
Vocals: Ozzy Osbourne


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