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Symptom of the Universe: The Original Black Sabbath 1970–1978

Symptom of the Universe: The Original Black Sabbath 1970–1978
Greatest hits album by
Released22 October 2002
GenreHeavy metal
Warner Bros.
ProducerSharon Osbourne
Black Sabbath compilations chronology
The Best of Black Sabbath
Symptom of the Universe: The Original Black Sabbath 1970–1978
Black Box
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars [2]

Symptom of the Universe: The Original Black Sabbath 1970–1978 is a compilation album released by heavy metal band Black Sabbath in 2002.

All songs have been remastered for this compilation. The Black Box set, which was released in 2004, contained versions of the band's first eight albums remastered during the same sessions as this compilation.

Track listing

All songs written by Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, Ozzy Osbourne, except where noted.

Disc one

No.TitleOriginal albumLength
1."Black Sabbath"Black Sabbath, 19706:19
2."N.I.B."Black Sabbath6:07
3."The Wizard"Black Sabbath4:24
4."Warning" (The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation cover; Aynsley Dunbar, Alex Dmochowski, Victor Hickling, John Moorshead)Black Sabbath10:32
5."Evil Woman†" (Crow cover; Larry Weigand, Dick Weigand, David Wagner)Black Sabbath3:25
6."Paranoid"Paranoid, 19702:47
7."Iron Man"Paranoid5:58
8."War Pigs"Paranoid7:55
9."Fairies Wear Boots"Paranoid6:13
10."Sweet Leaf"Master of Reality, 19715:05
11."Children of the Grave"Master of Reality5:18
12."Into the Void"Master of Reality6:13
13."Lord of This World"Master of Reality5:27

† - Previously unavailable in the US

Disc two

No.TitleOriginal albumLength
1."After Forever"Master of Reality5:25
2."Snowblind"Black Sabbath, Vol. 4, 19725:33
3."Laguna Sunrise"Black Sabbath, Vol. 42:55
4."Changes"Black Sabbath, Vol. 44:44
5."Tomorrow's Dream"Black Sabbath, Vol. 43:11
6."Supernaut"Black Sabbath, Vol. 44:49
7."Sabbath Bloody Sabbath"Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, 19735:45
8."Fluff"Sabbath Bloody Sabbath4:11
9."Sabbra Cadabra"Sabbath Bloody Sabbath5:56
10."Am I Going Insane (Radio)"Sabotage, 19754:16
11."Symptom of the Universe"Sabotage6:29
12."Hole in the Sky"Sabotage3:59
13."Rock 'n' Roll Doctor"Technical Ecstasy, 19763:30
14."Dirty Women"Technical Ecstasy7:13
15."Never Say Die"Never Say Die!, 19783:50
16."A Hard Road"Never Say Die!6:04


Release history

Region Date Label
United Kingdom 22 October 2002 Rhino Records
United States 15 October 2002[1] Warner Bros. Records
Canada ??? Warner Bros. Records

See also


  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Black Sabbath: Symptom of the Universe: The Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978) > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Black Sabbath: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 6 June 2012.