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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!
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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--The sound on Disc 1, the original album, is crisp and clear.
--Evil Woman follows N.I.B., a song replaced on most copies of the CD by Wicked World.
--Starts with Wicked World, so both songs find their place.
--Studio outtake of Black Sabbath features some variations on the vocals by Ozzy, including the line, "Look over your shoulder, Satan is there," that was changed before the album's release. Also, some of the vocals are more aggressive, and Ozzy's screams of, "Noooo!!!" are more intense. I'm sure this version scared some label executives.
--Black Sabbath instrumental version. I love hearing these songs with no vocals, making all of the instrumentation more discernable. I usually hear some guitar or drum part I'd never noticed before.
--Studio outtakes of The Wizard, Behind the Wall of Sleep, Sleeping Village, and Warning, Part 1. Even though these match almost exactly with the original versions, you hear Ozzy's voice with no studio effects added. The vocals sound a bit more raw and live, since....they're raw and live.
--The alternate version of Evil Woman might be my favorite gem of this release. It's a more ambitious take on this cover tune, complete with a flute that's heard throughout the song. This is a real keeper, much like the Master of Reality Deluxe offering of Lord of this World with piano and slide bar.
--A 20-page booklet with a long article on the band's early history and tons of old pics.
--Awesome packaging, with fold-out digipack and more vintage pics.
Even with all these great qualities, it's not completely perfect. My only two tiny complaints are that, first, the CD I got did not come with a plastic Deluxe Edition slipcase over the digipack, but a Deluxe Edition sticker wrapped around it, which had to be removed to get to the CD's. Also, the song N.I.B. is listed on Disc 2 as instrumental, but it definitely has vocals, so this was probably meant to be labeled as a studio outtake, which is what it is. Do these little nitpicks take away from the value of this edition? Not to me. The positives far outweigh the negatives, and I'm thoroughly satisfied with my purchase. This one is a must-have for anyone who follows Black Sabbath closely and cherishes any old, unreleased recordings of the godfathers of metal. Very well done!
THE SOUND:Good straight transfer,no volume maxing,limited only by digital equipment of the day.Great remastered.A rhythm section sounding as heavy as all hell.The vocals sound thin and all the attempted jazzy runs and smashing cymbals do my head in.
THE TRACKS: Black Sabbath apparently wanted to create music that would have the effect of a horror movie.The band unconciously hit upon using trinitones in their music.It's a musical interval that spans three whole tones, apparently Iommi, like most of us, just thought that it sounded cool.In this CD they are clearly influenced by the BLUES.
-Black Sabbath:Truly a scary song,heavy riffs, and the ending once the songs in full flight, happily exciting
-The Wizard:The rhythm section of Butler and Ward are truly heavy and thunderous here, blowing up sub-woofers the land over.Ozzy plays the harmonica.
-Behind of Wall of Sleep:Is quite creepy for 1970,great song whit a friendly guitar riff.
-N.I.B.:The style of the band encapsulated, the solo is scary and exciting, Ozzy sounds impassioned, the drums and bass both do their own thing and shining equally.
-Wicked World:Whit a nice jazzy intro.You can pick out each and every band members part,isolate it,and just admire that.
-Sleeping Village:Very dark and heavy tunes,change rhythm three times.
-Warning:EPIC 10 minutes,Ozzy sings impressively throughout the opening,we've then got great slabs of schizophrenic instrumental playing covering a variety of styles - even Iommi's solo is a MASTERPIECE.HE MAKES HIS GUITAR SING.