The Sabbath Stones

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
Compilation album by
Released29 April 1996
GenreHeavy metal
ProducerVarious (see below)
Black Sabbath compilations chronology
The Collection
The Sabbath Stones
The Best of Black Sabbath

Album informationEdit

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.

Professional ratings
Review scores
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Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Original releaseLength
1."Headless Cross"Tony Iommi, Cozy Powell, Tony MartinHeadless Cross (1989)6:32
2."When Death Calls"Iommi, Powell, Geoff Nicholls, Martin, Brian MayHeadless Cross6:57
3."Devil & Daughter"Iommi, Powell, MartinHeadless Cross4:43
4."The Sabbath Stones"Iommi, Powell, Nicholls, Martin, Neil MurrayTyr (1990)6:48
5."The Battle of Tyr" (Instrumental)Iommi, Powell, Nicholls, MurrayTyr1:08
6."Odin's Court"Iommi, Powell, Nicholls, Martin, MurrayTyr2:42
7."Valhalla"Iommi, Powell, Nicholls, Martin, MurrayTyr4:41
8."TV Crimes"Ronnie James Dio, Iommi, Geezer ButlerDehumanizer (1992)4:01
9."Virtual Death"Iommi, Butler, MartinCross Purposes (1994)5:46
10."Evil Eye"Iommi, Butler, Martin, Eddie Van HalenCross Purposes5:57
11."Kiss of Death"Iommi, Powell, Nicholls, Martin, MurrayForbidden (1995)6:09
12."Guilty as Hell"Iommi, Powell, Nicholls, Martin, MurrayForbidden3:30
13."Loser Gets It All"Iommi, Powell, Nicholls, Martin, MurrayJapanese issue of Forbidden2:57
14."Disturbing the Priest"Iommi, Butler, Bill Ward, Ian GillanBorn Again (1983)5:49
15."Heart Like a Wheel"Iommi, Glenn Hughes, Nicholls, Jeff GlixmanSeventh Star (1986)6:37
16."The Shining"Iommi, Bob Daisley, Ray GillenThe Eternal Idol (1987)5:55


Guest musiciansEdit


  • Tony Iommi & Cozy Powell – Tracks 1-7
  • Mack for Musicland GmbH – Track 8
  • Leif Mases/Black Sabbath – Tracks 9, 10
  • Ernie C. – Tracks 11-13
  • Robin Black – Track 14
  • Jeff Glixman & Chris Tsangerides – Track 15
  • Jeff Glixman & V. Cooper – Track 16

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Torreano, Bradley. "The Sabbath Stones - Black Sabbath | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 September 2020.