Black Sabbath: Geezer Butler (bass guitar); Bill Ward (drums, percussion); Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi .
Personnel: Ozzy Osbourne (vocals, harmonica); Tony Iommi (guitar); Gerald Woodruffe (keyboards); Billy Ward (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixers: Tony Iommi ; Robin Black .
Audio Remasterers: Daniel Hersch; Bill Inglot.
Liner Note Author: Don Kaye.
Recording information: Criteria Studios, Miami, FL; Island Studios, London, England; Morgan Studios, London & Brussels; Regent Sound, London, England; Sound Interchange, Toronto, Canada; The Records Plant, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographers: Robert Ellis ; Richard Upper; Ross Halfin; Bob Gruen; Fin Costello; Barry Plummer.
Arranger: Gerald Woodruffe.
Black Sabbath's 1975 greatest-hits album, WE SOLD OUR SOULS FOR ROCK & ROLL, may very well be the best single-volume compilation ever released that focuses on a band in its prime . It would seem nearly impossible to top, but Rhino's GREATEST HITS 1970-78 may have done just that. The uninspired title aside, GREATEST HITS is an essential document if for no other reason than, unlike SOLD OUR SOULS, it encompasses the band's entire run with the Ozzman at the helm, featuring songs from 1976's TECHNICAL ECSTASY and '78's NEVER SAY DIE.
While "Dirty Women," Rock 'n' Roll Doctor," and "Never Say Die" can't compete with earlier Sabbath classics (including axed S.O.S. cuts "Fairies Wear Boots" and "Tomorrow's Dream") they're solid tracks that help to create a complete picture of the band up to Ozzy's departure in 1979. In addition to the aforementioned songs, GREATEST HITS also adds VOL. 4's blistering "Supernaut," an undisputed metal masterpiece. While SOLD OUR SOULS will always be the heavyweight champ of hits collections, GREATEST HITS 1970-78 is a can't-miss set for fans of Ozzy-era Sabbath.