Like Aerosmith, Black Sabbath’s catalog has always been available on iTunes. But initially it didn’t include music from the classic period. In other words, customers of iTunes were never able to find music from the band’s classic lineup, which included Ozzy Osbourne as frontman.
Classic songs including “Iron Man” and “Paranoid” were only available on subsequent live albums released in the years following Osbourne’s 1979 departure, while studio albums released since 1980 (including last year’s 13) were available. But now that all changed yesterday, as the studio catalogs from Black Sabbath’s classic period were finally included for availability on iTunes, including the three that have been ranked in Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time; 1970’s Paranoid (#131),and Black Sabbath (#243), and 1971’s Master of Reality (#300). Other 1970’s albums now available on iTunes include Black Sabbath, Vol. 4 (1972), and Never Say Die (1978).
In addition to the classic albums, iTunes is also carrying the 2006 compilation Greatest Hits 1970-1978, and even giving fans an opportunity to purchase the classic albums in a box set. The news of the inclusion of the 1970s studio albums already seems to be popular, as some of the songs from the period are among the most downloaded in the catalog.