Various Artists - "Everything Comes & Goes: A Tribute to Black Sabbath"
(Temporary Residence Ltd. 2005, TRR40)
From Aural Innovations #31 (June 2005)
This is quite a strange and interesting take on Black Sabbath. The only band on this compilation that I am familiar with is Ruins. The bands represented here are from the experimental rock, folk and electronic music areas and do some quite strange versions of Black Sabbath tracks. The CD begins with Matmos covering "No FX" from Volume 4. No one has ever covered this Sabbath track, that is for sure! Next up are the Ruins with a powerful medley of tracks including "Black Sabbath", "Electric Funeral", "Iron Man", and many many more. Their track is 2˝ minutes and they run through like 15 tracks! Grails perform a short 4˝ minute version of "Black Sabbath" and Ozzy's vocals are replaced by violin. Very cool… Four Tet do a cool instrumental acoustic folk version of "Iron Man". The Curtis Harvey Trio cover "Changes" in a sort of country folk style. This is the first track to have vocals. Paul Newman perform an instrumental version of "Fairies Wear Boots". It is quite a different take on the song. The Anomoanon perform "Planet Caravan" and this might be my favourite track on the CD. Racebannon take on "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" at a faster than normal pace with crazy vocals and they totally freak out! The CD ends with someone taking a bong hit and coughing before launching into Greenness with Philly G performing "Sweet Leaf". If you like Sabbath and have an open mind then you will enjoy this CD a lot.
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Reviewed by Scott Heller