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Black Sabbath’s history with singers Ozzy Osbourne and Ronnie James Dio has been chronicled extensively through the years in multiple collections.

Until now, no boxed set has focused on Black Sabbath’s time with Tony Martin, the band’s second-longest-serving singer.

BMG explores this prolific period from the godfathers of heavy metal in a new collection that brings four albums back into print after an extended absence. ANNO DOMINI 1989-1995 will be available from BMG on May 31 in 4-LP and 4-CD configurations.

The set contains newly remastered versions of Headless Cross (1989), TYR (1990), and Cross Purposes (1994), plus a new version of Forbidden (1995) that guitarist Tony Iommi remixed specially for the collection.

Several albums make their vinyl debut in the LP version of ANNO DOMINI, while the CD version contains three exclusive bonus tracks: the B-side “Cloak & Dagger” and the Japan-only releases “What’s The Use” and “Loser Gets It All.”

A booklet comes with the set featuring photos, artwork, and liner notes by Hugh Gilmour. The collection also contains a Headless Cross poster and a replica concert book from the “Headless Cross Tour.”

BLACK SABBATH – L-R: Tony Martin, Tony Iommi, Cozy Powell, Neil Murray – photosession – Sep 1989. Photo credit: Pete Cronin/IconicPix

Today, Black Sabbath fans will get the opportunity to preview two songs from the set with the release of a new double A side digital single featuring the tracks ‘Evil Eye’ (from the ‘Cross Purposes’ album) and ‘Get A Grip’ (from ‘Forbidden’). ‘Get A Grip’ is accompanied by an HD upgrade of the original animated video, see below…

ANNO DOMINI picks up Black Sabbath’s story in 1989, two decades and multiple lineup changes into the band’s groundbreaking career as metal originators. At the time, membership had solidified around founding member Tony Iommi, legendary drummer Cozy Powell (Jeff Beck, Rainbow, Whitesnake), singer Tony Martin, and longtime Black Sabbath collaborator and keyboardist Geoff Nicholls (Quartz, Bandy Legs).

Tony Martin spoke to Fistful of Metal for their latest issue about the bands new boxset and his time in Black Sabbath. Pick up your copy here.

Pre-order the boxset via this link.

Oran O’Beirne 2024