BLACK SABBATH: ‘Born Again’ Deluxe-Edition Reissue Coming In May

Black Sabbath - Born Again
Black Sabbath - Born Again

Sanctuary has set a May 30 release date for the deluxe-edition reissue of BLACK SABBATH’s “Born Again” album.


“Born Again” was the only album by BLACK SABBATH featuring Ian Gillan — who was at the time a solo artist and former singer for DEEP PURPLE — on vocals.


Gillan had first turned down the offer to join BLACK SABBATH but his manager later convinced him to a meeting with Iommi and the band’s bass guitarist, Geezer Butler. Iommi and Butler met with Gillan at The Bear public house in Oxford and Gillan officially joined the band in February 1983.


Released in October 1983, “Born Again” was a commercial success. It was the highest-charting BLACK SABBATH album in the United Kingdom since “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” and became an American Top 40 hit. Despite this, it became the first BLACK SABBATH album to not have any RIAA certification (gold or platinum) in the U.S.


“Born Again” deluxe-edition reissue track listing:


Disc 1: (marked as “Original Album”)

  1. Trashed
  2. Stonehenge
  3. Disturbing the Priest
  4. The Dark
  5. Zero the Hero
  6. Digital Bitch
  7. Born Again
  8. Hot Line
  9. Keep it Warm

Disc 2:

  1. The Fallen (Previously Unreleased Album Session Outtake)
  2. Stonehenge (Extended Version)Live at the Reading Festival, Saturday August 27 1983
    (BBC Friday Rock Show broadcast):
  3. Hot Line
  4. War Pigs
  5. Black Sabbath
  6. The Dark
  7. Zero the Hero
  8. Digital Bitch
  9. Iron Man
  10. Smoke on the Water
  11. Paranoid

Updated details from
Disc 2 first. The first two tracks are a cool inclusion, especially if you’re not into collecting bootlegs and have never seen them before. The first is an unreleased (officially) track called “The Fallen”. It’s a pretty complete track from the Born Again sessions that was left off. I can see why it was left off, but it’s still a great track, glad it’s finally getting to see the light of day. The other is Stonehenge, which is a 5 minute long version (as opposed to the 1:58 version that’s on the proper album. So that’s cool, too.

The remainder of the tracks on Disc 2 are labeled as being the radio broadcast version of what’s known as the “Paranoid in Reading” bootleg. In all the time I’ve spent running this site, the two things people ask me for more than any other were the Ray Gillen version of Eternal Idol (released last year), and live stuff with Ian Gillan. Also being released on this set. Now those of you who are into bootlegs and things like that will immediately say “Well, what about the rest of the Paranoid at Reading show? The full show is a lot longer than what’s on this disc!” That’s a valid question, and one I raised myself to Universal when they sent me these materials. I asked why not the longer show? The response I was given back was (I’m paraphrasing here) that the longer version that they did have access to was seriously more inferior quality wise to what the BBC had in their archives from the radio broadcast in 1983. They felt it would have been too obvious to mix the two sources to get it all in there, and because the BBC version was so higher in quality, they chose to go with the better quality over the longer track listing. Their exact words were “too much of a contrast!” So that’s that.

Now. Disc 1. Born Again has had a quite legendary status in that the final mix was considered by a lot of people to be poor. Ian Gillan had a few stories where he threw copies out the window, and threw up when he heard it. Or was that the cover? Anyway, the album has been in desperate need of a remix. Even Tony Iommi said as much when he appeared on Bruce Dickinson’s radio show some time ago. Tony said that the album would get a proper remix. It’s something the fans have been clamoring for for ages. So, what’s on this album? The usage of the term “Original Album” could mean one of two things that I can think of. Either it’s a generic term to refer to “Hey, this is the running order the album was like in 1983”, or it could mean that it’s not the famed “remix”, and is a new remastering. It’s impossible to tell from the track listing. None of the materials that were sent to me indicate whether this is remixed, or just remastered.

So I’ve asked again, point blank about this situation, and will have ANOTHER update when I get more on that. Universal’s press guy told me I’m supposed to get the formal press release for the album in the next day or two, so there’s also that forthcoming.

I’ve also requested a review copy, so I can give it a listen and compare it to the original 80’s pressing of the CD I have (from Germany), as well as the 1996 Castle Remastered version. I want to see how they stack up to the new 2011 edition, whether remixed, remastered, or whatever.

More to come…

—– reports: Armenian Charity Music Information


Who Cares
Who Cares

Some months ago there was news that Tony Iommi & Ian Gillan were writing new music, the first new music the two of them have done since 1983 and the Born Again album. Tony & Ian did work together about five years ago on Ian’s then solo album, “Gillan’s Inn”. If you never checked that out, you should. It has a new recording of Trashed on it.


But that’s the past. This is new. The project has a name, and it’s called “WhoCares”. The all-star lineup has recorded two new songs. They are to benefit a music school in Gyumri, Armenia.


First, the lineup, which is quite impressive.


Tony Iommi – Guitars (Black Sabbath)

Ian Gillan – Vocals (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath)

Jason Newsted – Bass (Metallica, Voivoid, Flotsam & Jetsam)

Niko McBrain – Drums (Iron Maiden)

Jon Lord – Keyboards (Deep Purple)

Linde Linstrom – Guitars (HIM, a Finnish band)


This was all recorded back in September of 2010, and finally we’re getting some details on it. 🙂 The new charity release will consist of two songs. The names of the songs are called “Out of My Mind” & “Holy Water”. This will all be out worldwide on May 6th. The primary distribution format will be digital. Meaning your iTunes of the world, that kind of thing. There will be a physical media presence with the release, too. There will be a very limited press run of 7″ vinyl for the album (a total of 1,000 copies), and a CD version. The CD will have a video, and a 30 minute documentary on the making of the songs.


None of this is yet available for pre-order, but when it is, I will make sure and get that information out for sure. Below is some text from earMUSIC, the folks who are distributing the release about all this:


What hides behind this new band name is in fact the renewed musical union between legendary Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan, with none other than Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi: the undisputed master of heavy guitar riffs.


The duo has recorded two brand new songs with the intent to support the rebuilding of a music school in Gyumri, Armenia. Both Gillan and Iommi have spent a lot of time in Armenia, fallen in love with the country and the people and have dedicated a lot of work to a nation still shocked after the earthquake that struck Armenia on December 7, 1988 at 11:41am.


The collaboration of Gillan and Iommi, who have worked together before on the Sabbath album “Born Again”, is in itself an incredible news for all rock and metal fans and will be the best of surprises to get to know who is completing the band:None other than Jon Lord on keyboard (“Mr. Hammond”, partner with Gillan on all the Deep Purple classics), Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain, ex Metallica bass player Jason Newsted and HIM guitar player Linde Lindström are also featured on the two new songs.


WhoCares will release the 2 new songs on digital download and limited edition CD single on May 6th 2011: ‘Out of My Mind’ (and epic hard rock classic, destined to remain in time as a hard rock milestone) and ‘Holy Water’. The CD single will also contain the video clip of ‘Out Of My Mind’ and a 40-minute documentary that shows Gillan’s and Iommi’s involvement with the Armenia cause over the years.


There is no doubt that this is the most impressive rock ensemble ever to release new material in 2011.


Ian Gillan said: “The idea came as Tony and I flew back from Yerevan together after being inspired by the enthusiasm of everyone there to get this thing done. It was brilliant working with Tony again after all these years; he makes life easy for a singer. The other guys need no introduction do they…”


Tony Iommi added:”Some twenty years ago when the call came, I thought, well at least I’ve helped, but it was going to Armenia and seeing the actual devastation caused by the earthquake that really made me realise that funds were still needed. Despite all the money that was raised last time, here was a music school doing their best, forgotten, in basic tin sheds. After the warmth and honour bestowed upon us during our visit, we just had to help make a difference and get the school re-built. And what better way than to hook up with some of rock’s greatest players and my old mate Ian, both an honour and a pleasure.”


There is also a video promo out now in which you can hear some of the new tunes. Check it out below:



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