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Black Sabbath

Black SabbathAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (438 customer reviews)

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Black Sabbath is credited with creating heavy metal. The success of their first two albums - Black Sabbath and Paranoid - marked a paradigm shift in the world of rock. Not until Black Sabbath upended the music scene did the term “heavy metal” enter the popular vocabulary to describe the denser, more thunderous offshoot of rock over which they presided.

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino Warner Bros. 498
  • ASIN: B000002KB8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (438 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,623 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Black Sabbath
2. The Wizard
3. Wasp / Behind The Wall Of Sleep / Bassically / N.I.B.
4. Wicked World
5. A Bit Of Finger / Sleeping Village / Warning

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Some might claim that this 1970 debut is the definitive Black Sabbath record. While the gothic overtones of the opening track, "Black Sabbath" (thunderstorms and foreboding church bells introduce Ozzy Osbourne's howl and Tony Iommi's sludgy guitar), and the raucous defiling of Cream on "N.I.B." were thrilling then (and remain so now), there is too much wanking here to really qualify the collection as the must-have Black Sabbath record. (That prize would have to go to Paranoid.) But the blues-heavy riffs of "The Wizard," the soon-to-be-famous chord-progression stylings on "Wasp," and the grunge-boogie of "Wicked World" allow it to stand as a solid testament to the deep and lasting influence the band has had over the years. --Lorry Fleming

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1970 debut album from the masters of metal featuring plenty of the gothic colorings and blues-heavy riffs that put Sabbath on the map: Black Sabbath; The Wizard; Wicked World; Wasp; Behind the Wall of Sleep; Bassically; N.I.B , and more!

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152 of 160 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE GODFATHERS OF METAL October 24, 2004
By Mik Bik
Format:Audio CD
I was 15 years old when this album came out in 1970. Unless you were present in 1970, it's probably hard to fully comprehend the significance of this album, as well as Paranoid, released in the same year, in relation to what was happening cultural wise.

Let me try to put things in context by describing the music scene in 1970. I lived on the outskirts of Chicago. AM Radio (WLS) ruled the airwaves. Bubblegum music (cruel jokes like the Archies passed off as music) had stubbornly carried over from the Sixties like a pesky virus. The Beatles had broken up, and very little airtime was being given to groups like Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Pink Floyd.

I was taking refuge in my bedroom in the basement one evening, painted black, replete with blacklight and strobelight, listening to an underground FM station called Triad, when suddenly Black Sabbath's Paranoid burst over the speakers. It was as if aliens from another planet had landed. I was totally mesmerized, while at the same time deeply disturbed. NO MUSIC....I repeat....NO MUSIC....up to this point had ever sounded this HEAVY and EVIL. And that included hard rockers like Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Hendrix.

The next day I ran out and bought this album and the Paranoid album, pestered my parents into buying a fuzz box for my Teisco Del Rey electric guitar, and have been hooked on metal ever since.

If you are into metal, and want to know it's history, you MUST start here, in order to understand where it all began. The first five Black Sabbath albums serve as the foundation from which the heavy metal genre, and subsequent subgenres, evolved.

Ozzy, unfortunately, is a mere shadow of his former self, but his memory, as well as Geezer, Iommi, and Ward are forever frozen on these early discs. LONG LIVE SABBATH!
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98 of 102 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect but the best remaster so far October 2, 2009
By res
Format:Audio CD
This album is what I consider a "must have" for anyone. It shows the magic that four arguably not very special individuals had when they were together. It isn't even what many hard rock and heavy metal fans would call "metal". It is just a fantastic heavy rock album. Dark and moody, yet catchy and immensely enjoyable.

For me one of the best parts is the bass and drums on this album. Free of any mold that later developed, they are both unconstrained and adventurous. The only caveat is that production standards of the era meant really deep bass was not considered OK.

There are any number of versions of this album you could have bought on CD. I own, have listened to (a lot!), and examined on sound editors several. This is my take on them:

Early Castle release (1986): Good straight transfer, no volume maxing, limited only by digital equipment of the day and an engineer who presumably knew and cared nothing about Sab, every album he did seems to have at least one track start point wrong! UK track listing, No Wicked World.

Early Warners release: Similar to above, but probably transfered from copy tapes, judging by tape hiss and slightly more muffled quality. US track listing, No Evil Woman.

Castle Remaster (1996):Probably had the best sound until now, care had been taken to deliver what they thought the market wanted, though the included lyrics were at times hilariously wrong. Big downfall - volume maxed, at an estimate 5 or 6 dB dynamics removed by software limiting. UK track listing plus Wicked World.

As part of The Black Box (2004)(boxed set of 1970's studio albums): Avoid. Worst volume maxed copy I've owned. Incomplete original art work. Does have booklet with complete approved lyrics.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack for an imaginary apocalyptic movie..... March 1, 2000
Format:Audio CD
'Black Sabbath' is primitive in texture but that's what augments it so much. Of course, this was the first Sabbath album I bought and a good place to start it was, too. The whole first side (Tracks 1-6 on the CD) is mindblowing. To hear the title track and 'The Wizard' is like taking a stroll through dungeons and dragons land. Tracks 3-6 are intertwined and when you hear 'N.I.B.', it's likely that you'll feel a little 'deja-vu' kick in. The rest of the album is almost entirely blues but this was Sabbath's bread and butter in the early days when they were called 'Earth'. I think that the real sound showcased on this, their debut entry, is the rhythm section of Geezer Butler and Bill Ward. Listen to 'Bassically', 'Wasp/Behind the Wall of Sleep' and 'N.I.B.' and feel the power.... what happens when rhythm takes the lead. Other kudos go the cover art of the album - very innovative and disquieting. As a matter of fact, it was the cover art and a long-distant piece of my memory recalling the band's name scrawled as graffiti from when I was a young child (around the early Dio era) that spurred me on to purchase that cassette. My advice to you is to buy it and buy it now. No greatest hits coverage will be able to do what is in here.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DELUXE VERSION OF WHERE METAL STARTED! August 29, 2009
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If you are a Sabbath fan, you will definitely want to pick up this version which I feel is the definitive version! This has the song that started the demonic side of heavy metal with the song BLACK SABBATH. The album is of course amazing and if you are just getting into the classic era of Black Sabbath, this is essential. The sound quality is perfect for disc 1 which also includes Evil Woman which for years was unavailable in the USA. Disc 2 is what collectors will really want this for. This has outtakes of Black Sabbath, The Wizard and Behind The Wall of Sleep. This also has an alternative version of Evil Woman which is quite interesting but it is quickly obvious why the original version was picked. The packaging is great compared to the US version or the mid 90's castle remastered edition. This has detailed liner notes and pictures from the original LP version. If you still need convincing, it is Black F***ING Sabbath! Pick it up, you will not be let down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best Sabbath album
Probably the best Sabbath album. I remember buying this for the first time on a cassette back in the early seventies, I would put it in my stereo and lay on the floor with my head... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Scott Lott
5.0 out of 5 stars Item as described!!
Great record to listen to, I don't have the most expensive system but it sounds as good as any of my original records
Published 9 days ago by Dane Brosseau
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is a AMAZING debut from the legendary BLACK SABBATH!!!! You got the song BLACK SABBATH, THE WIZARD, NIB and BEHIND THE WALL OF SLEEP.... Read more
Published 10 days ago by FLUMINENSE
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent sound
Published 21 days ago by Georgios
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it but needs to be digitally remastered
Published 24 days ago by Cmcbratnie
5.0 out of 5 stars Sabbath what else is there to say
Sabbath what else is there to say
Published 27 days ago by eric
5.0 out of 5 stars All great classic metal riffs
I had the album back in the 70's. I heard one of the songs off the album last week in the gym. One that absolutely never plays on the radio. Bit of finger/sleeping village/warning. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mike R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed this cd.
Published 1 month ago by cobra
5.0 out of 5 stars The last of the British Blues Titan debuts!
The last and best of the British debuts...From 1966 - 1970, England produced a number of debut albums that if I had to choose one album from these bands, it'd be their first lp. Read more
Published 1 month ago by cd-heaven
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fast delivery as advertised
Published 1 month ago by William A.
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Ian Gillan did the best rendition of the song Black Sabbath
check out the Flower Travellin' Band's version. Recorded in 1970 its amazing.
Sep 27, 2008 by J. Takeda |  See all 6 posts
What's your favorite Black Sabbath album?
Your wrong. The Dio albums are awesome as well. Black Sabbath is Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, not Ozzy. Tony and Geezer are two of the greatest musicians to grace the earth. Please don't overlook their greatness as well as Ozzy.
Sep 13, 2008 by William L. Mccomb |  See all 38 posts
is this the intro of a Black Sabbath song ?
That's "Am I Evil" by Diamond Head.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=mbgv587ooNM
Jul 15, 2008 by Lehto Antti |  See all 2 posts
Tony Martin Plays Birmingham ASYLUM! Friday 27th July Be the first to reply
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