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Born Again Deluxe edition cover art; image courtesy of black-sabbath.com

Born Again will be re-released in the UK via Universal/Sanctuary as a 2CD Deluxe Edition on May 30.

Track listing:

Disc 1:
  1. Trashed
  2. Stonehenge
  3. Disturbing the Priest
  4. The Dark
  5. Zero the Hero
  6. Digital Bitch
  7. Born Again
  8. Hot Line
  9. Keep it Warm
Disc 2:
  1. The Fallen (previously unreleased album session outtake)
  2. Stonehenge (extended version)
  3. Hot Line
  4. War Pigs
  5. Black Sabbath
  6. The Dark
  7. Zero the Hero
  8. Digital Bitch
  9. Iron Man
  10. Smoke on the Water
  11. Paranoid

Disc 1 is a straight copy of the original album, most likely remastered, but not remixed. On the second disc, The Fallen is a studio outtake from the album sessions, Stonehenge is a 5 minute long version, and tracks 3 to 11 are from the BBC Friday Rock Show broadcast of the Reading Festival, Saturday, August 27, 1983.

Black-sabbath.com covers the release in great detail, including what, why and how.

Take advantage from the low Pound and preorder it from Amazon UK.

24 Comments to “Born Again again”:

  1. 1
    Roberto says:

    GILLAN is GrandFather now…

    is this an OFFICIAL realease?

    Where is the worchester show?

  2. 2
    HZ says:

    Actually this was good album. But this cover, creepy, IG was right about it…

  3. 3
    Al says:

    so the much anticipated Born Again deluxe only got another remaster again! “The proper Remix ” is going to take some time and realesed another time.it sucks!

  4. 4
    purpletemple says:

    It’s about time! Great news!

  5. 5
    adam says:

    Wow, what a treat! Of all the sab stuff I was always most inclined to Born Again, naturally because of Gillan’s presence. And I’ve always wondered what it was like to have him singing the sab classics. Now here comes my chance to find out.

    Thumbs up in advance!

  6. 6
    Mads Rud Larsen says:

    It sounds GREAT! 😀

  7. 7
    Joanna says:

    Great news. I can’t wait!

  8. 8
    james jay says:

    @2 worst cover**one of their best albums : )

  9. 9
    purpletemple says:

    Actually I think it’s a great cover, it’s so atrocious, it gives a sick feel to the album. The colours are fantastic! The right cover for that classick album!

  10. 10
    Sami says:

    @ 9 Yes!!

  11. 11
    TS says:

    This Tour was one of the 1st Concerts I had ever Been to. Nov.1 (Providence)on ALL SAINTS DAY!!!. SOTW Encore. I used to love wearing the Born Again Shirt. One of the all time Classic Album Covers.

  12. 12
    TruthHurts says:

    If it’s not a remixed version of the album, I won’t buy it. I already have several versions on both CD and vinyl. And I have the 1983 Reading show in good quality too.

    Judging by the bootleg sound of the excellent Ray Gillen fronted show that was on the ‘Seventh Star’ release, Universal don’t have any live tapes of Sabbath in their vaults that are undiscovered or in higher quality than what is ‘unofficially’ available.

    Always hated that cover btw. Yuk.

  13. 13
    Larry R. Toering says:

    @12 -Why buy it if it was remixed when it sounds possible you have the unmixed demo? If so you have two mixes already, unless you don’t have a standard issued copy. LOL

    I knew this day would come, no reason for the Worcester show, I still contend the Reading broadcast is a way better one, the energy level is much higher, it was the single best concert they performed by far. If they can put the Fallen on this I don’t see why they couldn’t remix it, after all I wonder what source tape they used for it. Something funny going on there but I do commend the choice to at least include it as a bonus track and to introduce the Reading performance in an official capacity to shelves. Tony should answer back once and for all with a remix, hopefully this will drive such an ambition even further.

    As for the cover, I consider the source concerning Black Sabbath and the spice of knowing who illustrated it and how it wound up being used when it wasn’t meant to be.

  14. 14
    Rascal says:

    Reading Festival – The best moments:-

    Marillion on the Saturday night and Thin Lizzy on the Sunday

  15. 15
    Michiel says:

    It’s a very good album, although you could call it a Black Purple (or Deep Sabbath) release.
    But I never understood all the fuzz about the sleeve. Even if you don’t like it: it’s not THAT bad, is it?

  16. 16
    dr g says:

    @Larry(13): The cover was done by a dude who used to work at “Kerrang!!!” magazine back in the -80’s (his name slipped my mind), & he was simultaniously asked to do Ozzy’s “Speak Of The Devil”-cover.
    He sensed a conflict of interrest here, but wouldn’t say no to either part. So, what he did was this cover, expecting it to be refused upon first glance.
    As it turned out, Tony Iommi LOVED it – off to print it went.

  17. 17
    Larry R. Toering says:

    @16 – of course it was Steve(Krusher)Joule, you know, the same man who is a filmed contibutor on one the *unauthorized-illegal-pirate* DVD’s, talking about how they only way Purple could’ve played like that on the Made In Japan album, “they had to be on really good drugs, had to be….” I’m sorry but I have very little respect for most of the Kerrrang witers including Barton himself. But I do credit them as an influence of sorts because it inspired me to have a completely different approach to journalism. Where are most of them now anyway? Forget Classic Rock, it’s the worst editing I’ve ever seen.

  18. 18
    purplepriest1965 says:

    More interesting is the story behind it all in a older DPAS edition which tells us that the origin of the cover stems from a Depeche Mode cover.

    Or am I wrong and do I remember incorrectly?

  19. 19
    adam says:

    @15 – Yeah, you’re correct. I think we can even say, if only with hindsight, that Born Again in places, bits and pieces gave us a hint of what was to come a bit later on the Perfect Strangers album. Trashed and Digital Bitch in particular, also the title track.

    BTW – the time of BA’s original release happened to be the time when I hit it off with Deep Purple music, and seeing Gillan being the frontman for a new Sab thing held quite an amount of excitement in those days. And then came the – for me – similarly astounding involvement of Bev Bevan…in those days I was into ELO as well (although not so much these days).

  20. 20
    Rascal says:

    @18 Depeche Mode’s ‘New Life’ single . Although I believe that there was various cover designs, but the one in question is certainly similiar if not the same as the BA Album.

  21. 21
    AndreA says:

    This summer will be published in a remastered edition of “Perfect Strangers” album by Deep Purple in 1984. The new edition, in addition to the remastered disc, with two other CDs, full of bonus material, interviews, outtakes and more.

  22. 22
    David Sanderson says:

    I like Sabbath but I can’t decide if this album is brilliant or rubbish, it’s not as bad as the critics say and I give it a listen every so often but I’m still undecided.

  23. 23
    Al says:

    @21 yeah but no remix on this one either.

  24. 24
    BlackSparrow says:

    What an incredible tour this was. Gillan was at his best EVER. He sang so hard on this tour that he has never been the same since. The mix on this CD was subpar somebody must have been smoking some really cheap weed or had some real ear wax issues. Anyway you look at it, it was one of the greatest Super Groups Ever and all of us that were alive at the time should be glad we witnessed perhaps the greatest live performance by a vocalist ever. The only other vocal performance that is even close was Edgar Winter during Roadwork And that backing band Black Sabbath aint too shabby either with Gillan out front.

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