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  • Summary: The deluxe reissue of the British rock band's sixth studio release includes a new remaster of the album, 16 live tracks (13 previously unreleased) from the 1975 North American Tour and the Japanese 7" single that contained "Am I Going Insane (Radio)" and "Hole In The Sky."
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  1. Jun 11, 2021
    100
    Here, remastered, it sounds even huger than ever. And on the bonus North American Tour Live ​’75 discs, the power of these songs live is captured in all its steamrolling glory.
  2. Jun 18, 2021
    100
    Sabbath leant towards greater sophistication without losing their elemental bent. The super deluxe treatment introduces plenty of live material from the same year’s North American tour.
  3. Jun 11, 2021
    92
    Aside from a sterling, unobtrusive remastering job—kudos to mastering engineers Andy Pearce and Matt Wortham for opting not to artificially magnify anything about the mix—the real selling point with this new edition is the inclusion of a complete live show recorded a week after the album’s release. ... The newly brushed-up live recording—which significantly improves on the sound of the bootleg—takes the cake for the most accurate and well-rounded live document of Black Sabbath in the ‘70s.
  4. Uncut
    Jun 11, 2021
    80
    This is second-tier Sabbath, arriving at the waning of their imperial phase. But that’s still a formidable prospect. ... Also included is a mostly unheard North American show from 1975 that proves the band were still bringing the goods live, especially on a surging “Children Of The Grave”. [Jul 2021, p.41]
  5. 80
    Since the selections were cherry picked from various shows, the playing and performances are likely the finest from the tour. The audio is tough and punchy with clean separation that leaps out of the speakers. Only Ozzy Osbourne’s insistence on introducing every song slows the momentum. A short, seven minute CD single of just two songs pushes the platter total to four.
  6. Jul 1, 2021
    75
    Sabotage is one of the more unique and interesting albums in the Black Sabbath catalog. ... The live show is interesting in its comprehensiveness and fleshes out the Sabotage experience. And while frontman Ozzy Osbourne is not always in top vocal form, there are standouts that are worth their weight in gold.