Tony Martin sang for Black Sabbath between 1987 and 1991, and then again between 1993 and 1997. Martin sang on the albums The Eternal Idol, Headless Cross, Tyr, Cross Purposes, and Forbidden, all of which are largely unavailable. Martin recently revealed that Black Sabbath struck a record deal for his five albums with the band, and now he's got some more details on what exactly that means.
Martin said in an interview with The Ron Keel Podcast that there will be a box set of all his Black Sabbath material coming in 2022. Martin doesn't elaborate on if that also means they'll finally hit streaming services (only The Eternal Idol is currently available on all streaming services), but here's hoping.
"I only found out [recently]. I had no idea. You don't get information very much from the Sabbath camp, really; they're very protective of their thing. So I only found out yesterday that they've now got a record deal for them. And I don't know what date they're planning on to release this stuff, but it's this year. And what I do know is that it won't be individual albums; it'll be a box set of the Tony Martin era.
"But they've got a deal for it now, and that was always the problem before — it's not out there and you can't get it because it's not on sale. And similarly, you don't get royalties — I don't get paid a penny from the sales 'cause it's not on sale. So why would you? But now if that all changes and this year they manage to get that released, oh, man — there's gonna be a lot of Tony Martin stuff out there."
Now if you'll excuse me, I've got some money to put away from when this box set is announced.