Anno Domini 1989 – 1995

» Posted on Mar 22, 2024 | 6 comments

We are excited to announce ‘Anno Domini 1989-1995’, the first boxed set celebrating singer Tony Martin’s era of Black Sabbath, will be released on 31st May 2024. The set picks up Black Sabbath’s story in 1989, two decades into the band’s ground-breaking career as metal originators.

BLACK SABBATH

ANNO DOMINI 1989-1995

First Boxed Set Celebrating Singer Tony Martin Era 

Remastered Versions Of Headless Cross, Tyr, And Cross Purposes, Plus A New Mix Of Forbidden By Tony Iommi

4-LP And 4-CD Versions Available On May 31st

Watch a newly remastered, HD upgrade of the video for Headless Cross 

and preorder here : https://BlackSabbath.lnk.to/annodominiPR 

 

 

Black Sabbath’s history with singers Ozzy Osbourne and Ronnie James Dio has been chronicled extensively through the years in multiple collections. Until now, no boxed set has focused on Black Sabbath’s time with Tony Martin, the band’s second-longest-serving singer.

BMG explores this prolific period from the godfathers of heavy metal in a new collection that brings four albums back into print after an extended absence. ANNO DOMINI 1989-1995 will be available from BMG on May 31 in 4-LP and 4-CD configurations. The set contains newly remastered versions of Headless Cross (1989), Tyr (1990), and Cross Purposes (1994), plus a new version of Forbidden (1995) that guitarist Tony Iommi remixed specially for the collection.

Several albums make their vinyl debut in the LP version of ANNO DOMINI, while the CD version contains three exclusive bonus tracks: the B-side “Cloak & Dagger” and the Japan-only releases “What’s The Use” and “Loser Gets It All.” A booklet comes with the set featuring photos, artwork, and liner notes by Hugh Gilmour. The collection also contains a Headless Cross poster and a replica concert book from the “Headless Cross Tour.” 

ANNO DOMINI picks up Black Sabbath’s story in 1989, two decades and multiple lineup changes into the band’s groundbreaking career as metal originators. At the time, membership had solidified around riffmaster and founding member Tony Iommi, legendary drummer Cozy Powell (Jeff Beck, Rainbow, Whitesnake), singer Tony Martin, and longtime Black Sabbath collaborator and keyboardist Geoff Nicholls (Quartz, Bandy Legs).

The group originally released Headless Cross in 1989 on I.R.S. Records, the first of a five album deal with the label. Praised by fans and critics alike, the band’s 14th studio release produced three singles: “Devil And Daughter,” “Call Of The Wild,” and the title track. Bassist Neil Murray (Whitesnake, Gary Moore) joined for the “Headless Cross Tour” and stayed to record Sabbath’s next album, 1990’s Tyr. Named for the Norse god of war, the album explores similar mythological themes in songs like “The Battle Of Tyr” and “Valhalla.” On “The Sabbath Stones,” the band channels Old Testament fire and brimstone into a classic bruiser.

In 1992, following a successful world tour, this incarnation of Black Sabbath was put on hold when the band reunited temporarily with Ronnie James Dio. Two years later, Martin and Nicholls were back in the studio with Iommi to record 1994’s Cross Purposes. The band was completed with the addition of founding Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bobby Rondinelli of Rainbow. 

The Tyr-era Black Sabbath lineup reunited in 1995 when Powell and Murray returned to record Forbidden. It was the band’s 18th studio album, and its last for nearly 20 years. (In 2013, Iommi, Osbourne and Butler released Black Sabbath’s final studio album, 13.) Forbidden, produced by Ernie C of Body Count, the hard rock band fronted by rapper/actor/Sabbath fan Ice-T, who appears on the song “Illusion Of Power.” Since its release, sonically improving the album has been one of Iommi’s pet projects.

He explains, “I was never happy with the guitar sound, and Cozy was definitely never happy with the drum sound… So, I thought it would be nice to do it for him in a way.” He adds, “I just felt that, without changing any of the songs, there was an opportunity to go back and bring out some of the sounds and make it more what people would expect Sabbath to sound like.”

ANNO DOMINI 1989-1995

LP Track Listing

Headless Cross (1989)

Side One

  1. “The Gates Of Hell”
  2. “Headless Cross”
  3. “Devil & Daughter”
  4. “When Death Calls”

Side Two

  1. “Kill In The Spirit World”
  2. “Call Of The Wild”
  3. “Black Moon”
  4. “Nightwing”

Tyr (1990)

Side One

  1. “Anno Mundi”
  2. “The Law Maker”
  3. “Jerusalem” 
  4. “The Sabbath Stones”

Side Two

  1. “The Battle Of Tyr”
  2. “Odin’s Court”
  3. “Valhalla”
  4. “Feels Good To Me”
  5. “Heaven In Black”

Cross Purposes (1994)

Side One

  1. “I Witness”
  2. “Cross Of Thorns”
  3. “Psychophobia”
  4. “Virtual Death”
  5. “Immaculate Deception”

Side Two

  1. “Dying For Love”
  2. “Back To Eden”
  3. “The Hand That Rocks The Cradle”
  4. “Cardinal Sin”
  5. “Evil Eye”

Forbidden (1995)

Side One

  1. “The Illusion Of Power” – featuring Ice-T
  2. “Get A Grip”
  3. “Can’t Get Close Enough”
  4. “Shaking Off The Chains”
  5. “I Won’t Cry For You”

Side Two

  1. “Guilty As Hell”
  2. “Sick And Tired”
  3. “Rusty Angels”
  4. “Forbidden”
  5. “Kiss Of Death”

ANNO DOMINI 1989-1995

CD Track Listing

Headless Cross (1989)

  1. “The Gates Of Hell”
  2. “Headless Cross”
  3. “Devil & Daughter”
  4. “When Death Calls”
  5. “Kill In The Spirit World”
  6. “Call Of The Wild”
  7. “Black Moon”
  8. “Nightwing”

Bonus Track

  1. “Cloak And Dagger”

Tyr (1990)

  1. “Anno Mundi”
  2. “The Law Maker”
  3. “Jerusalem” 
  4. “The Sabbath Stones”
  5. “The Battle Of Tyr”
  6. “Odin’s Court”
  7. “Valhalla”
  8. “Feels Good To Me”
  9. “Heaven In Black”

Cross Purposes (1994)

  1. “I Witness”
  2. “Cross Of Thorns”
  3. “Psychophobia”
  4. “Virtual Death”
  5. “Immaculate Deception”
  6. “Dying For Love”
  7. “Back To Eden”
  8. “The Hand That Rocks The Cradle”
  9. “Cardinal Sin”
  10. “Evil Eye”

Bonus Track

  1. “What’s The Use”

Forbidden (1995)

  1. “The Illusion Of Power” – featuring Ice-T
  2. “Get A Grip”
  3. “Can’t Get Close Enough”
  4. “Shaking Off The Chains”
  5. “I Won’t Cry For You”
  6. “Guilty As Hell”
  7. “Sick And Tired”
  8. “Rusty Angels”
  9. “Forbidden”
  10. “Kiss Of Death”

Bonus Track

  1. “Loser Gets It All”

6 Comments

  1. Amazing!
    Please, edit the single “Headless Cross/Anno Mundi” on 7” vinyl (or CD-single too)

  2. I can´t understand that the bonus tracks are not included in the LP version, above all in these times that the vinyl is coming back…

  3. Excellent decision to re-release all this stuff. The Toni Martin years have systematically been ignored or disregarded as some sort of second-rate material, when the reality is that those albums are full of true gems in the BS legacy. After turbulent years of instability, BS were able again to have some continuity, with mighty Cozy Powell on drums and Martin on vocals. Sales may not have been great back then, true, but, music-wise, true BS fans must listen, or relisten, to these albums and appreciate them for what they are

  4. using BMG again who will press into cowboy hats like every live evil boxset. If you have better than a Crosley, you wont want it ruining your cartidge.

  5. GREAT WORK. Gettin them as they come out. Suggest that the box design be so on your record shelf you could pull end off on grab record. Like Garth Brooks boxset design. Been fan since early 70’s. Think older ones are more crisp but hear new things now . SUCH COMPLEX MUSIC. NOTHING COMPARES. Thank YOU

    • My Martin-era boxset arrived from Amazon today.
      Selected “Forbidden” as my first listen: thank you, Tony, for the remix. It was like really hearing it for the first time…and I would recommend this version to anyone, any time.
      Well done!

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