The Sabbath Stones (1996) is a compilation album of Black Sabbath songs taken from albums ranging from 1983's Born Again to 1995's Forbidden. It was never formally released in the US or Canada, and was the last album to be released by Black Sabbath with I.R.S. Records.
|The Sabbath Stones|
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|Released||29 April 1996|
|Producer||Various (see below)|
|Black Sabbath compilations chronology|
The album was created solely to fulfill Black Sabbath's contract with I.R.S. It included a short story about Black Sabbath which had some mistakes, including the misspelling of Vinny Appice's name on the front cover of the CD as "Vinnie", a mistake which also appeared on both the Mob Rules and Live Evil sleeves.
This compilation features at least one song from each of the eight Black Sabbath albums released from 1983 until 1995. This period covers all five studio albums released by the band with lead singer Tony Martin, one studio album with lead singer Ian Gillan, one with Glenn Hughes and one with Ronnie James Dio.
The version of "Headless Cross" that appears on this album starts with the last few seconds of the track "The Gates of Hell" (Which precedes "Headless Cross" on the Headless Cross album) before the opening drum line.
‘Loser Gets It All’, according to the liner notes in the album, was supposedly one of Tony Iommi’s favorite tracks to both perform and write. It was recorded during the Forbidden sessions, but only appeared on the Japanese version of the album.
|1.||"Headless Cross"||Tony Iommi, Cozy Powell, Tony Martin||Headless Cross (1989)||6:32|
|2.||"When Death Calls"||Iommi, Powell, Geoff Nicholls, Martin, Brian May||Headless Cross||6:57|
|3.||"Devil & Daughter"||Iommi, Powell, Martin||Headless Cross||4:43|
|4.||"The Sabbath Stones"||Iommi, Powell, Nicholls, Martin, Neil Murray||Tyr (1990)||6:48|
|5.||"The Battle of Tyr" (Instrumental)||Iommi, Powell, Nicholls, Murray||Tyr||1:08|
|6.||"Odin's Court"||Iommi, Powell, Nicholls, Martin, Murray||Tyr||2:42|
|7.||"Valhalla"||Iommi, Powell, Nicholls, Martin, Murray||Tyr||4:41|
|8.||"TV Crimes"||Ronnie James Dio, Iommi, Geezer Butler||Dehumanizer (1992)||4:01|
|9.||"Virtual Death"||Iommi, Butler, Martin||Cross Purposes (1994)||5:46|
|10.||"Evil Eye"||Iommi, Butler, Martin, Eddie Van Halen||Cross Purposes||5:57|
|11.||"Kiss of Death"||Iommi, Powell, Nicholls, Martin, Murray||Forbidden (1995)||6:09|
|12.||"Guilty as Hell"||Iommi, Powell, Nicholls, Martin, Murray||Forbidden||3:30|
|13.||"Loser Gets It All"||Iommi, Powell, Nicholls, Martin, Murray||Japanese issue of Forbidden||2:57|
|14.||"Disturbing the Priest"||Iommi, Butler, Bill Ward, Ian Gillan||Born Again (1983)||5:49|
|15.||"Heart Like a Wheel"||Iommi, Glenn Hughes, Nicholls, Jeff Glixman||Seventh Star (1986)||6:37|
|16.||"The Shining"||Iommi, Bob Daisley, Ray Gillen||The Eternal Idol (1987)||5:55|
- Tony Iommi – guitars - All tracks
- Geoff Nicholls – keyboards - All tracks
- Tony Martin – lead vocals - Tracks 1-4, 6-7, 9-13, 16
- Cozy Powell – drums - Tracks 1-7, 11-13
- Neil Murray – bass - Tracks 4-7, 11-13, 16
- Geezer Butler – bass - Tracks 8-10, 14
- Laurence Cottle – bass - Tracks 1-3
- Bobby Rondinelli – drums - Tracks 9-10
- Eric Singer – drums - Track 15-16
- Ronnie James Dio – lead vocals - Track 8
- Vinny Appice – drums - Track 8
- Bill Ward – drums - Track 14
- Ian Gillan – lead vocals - Track 14
- Glenn Hughes – lead vocals - Track 15
- Dave Spitz – bass - Track 15
- Bob Daisley – bass - Track 16
- Torreano, Bradley. "The Sabbath Stones - Black Sabbath | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 September 2020.