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Good intro for casual fans like me,
This review is from: Greatest Hits 1970-1978 (Audio CD)
Being a casual fan of Black Sabbath I thought this would be perfect for me...
... even I knew something was wrong with "Iron Man". It just fades out. Criminal! They could've left another song off to get the complete version of "Iron Man". It's only one of their most famous songs.
I think, eventually I may pick up 'Symptom of the Universe', but for now 'Greatest Hits' will have to do.
As for the music itself, pretty primal stuff. Bill Ward verges on being a heavy jazz drummer, and depsite Tony Iommi's solos, I think Bill's drums are the lead instrument.
Ozzy's voice was made for metal... almost makes me forget his rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"... almost. Some of the lyrics can be eyeroll inducing, as on "Sweet Leaf" where Ozzy sings, "I love you, though I know you can't hear me." All I could imagine was 'Mary Jane' thinking, "I'm a freaking herb! I can't hear anything!"
All in all a good intro to a great band.