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The historic four members of Black Sabbath went to the same Birmingham secondary school (in the then-semi slums of Aston) and played in two separate groups (Ozzy and Geezer in one called The Rare Breed and Tony and Bill in another called Mythology) then joined forces. Tony Iommi's loss of two fingertip of his fretting hand in an industrial work-related accident (he is a bit older than the other three and was working already) had almost convinced him to stop music, but his foreman offered him a Django Reinhardt album (he was missing two fingers) and this helped Tony overcoming his handicap by adding a self-made prostheses on his fingertip, but he had to detune his guitar to play with it. The now-named EARTH group (a definite improvement on the previous Polka Tulk Blues Band then the Earth Blues Band) soldiered on for a few months without much success, although they were playing 12-bar Jazz-Blues-Rock ala Ten Years After, until Toni Iommi accepted an offer to join JETHRO TULL as their guitarist in replacement for Mick Abrahams. While Iommi's tenure in Tull lasted a few weeks (his only testimony is Tull's appearance in the RnR Circus DVD), it gave him an idea of what kind of efforts were required to get a professional group together. After his return to Birmingham, he reconvened EARTH and gave them a tight schedule and work ethics, which made him assume the leadership of the group as well.

Changing their name to Black Sabbath, the group started getting gigs all over the country, and recorded their debut album in two days. This self-titled album is now one of the most influential albums ever in rock's history, especially the eponymous track, with its bell-and-thunderstorm intro, its huge descending riffs and gloomy fantasy lyrics. The group went on crazily-scheduled tours and quickly managed an international fame with the star system lifestyle including heavy use of all kinds of drugs. With their second album "Paranoid", Sabbath consolidated their aura and success, with a highly impressive and very different sound to anyone else around, great interplay and grim lyrics, and almost didn't include the title track, which would go on to be their only #1 hit on either side of the Atlantic. One of the reason of the group's success is their "Satanist" image, which attracted all kinds of freaks (we are in the aftermath of Manson and the Tate murders), but this was not really emphasised by the group itself: Geezer's lyrics (and to a lesser extent Ozzy's) were es...
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Rhino Records 2004
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Black SabbathBlack Sabbath
Rhino Warner Bros. 498 1990
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Master of RealityMaster of Reality
Warner Off Roster 1990
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13 [Deluxe Edition]13 [Deluxe Edition]
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Sabbath Bloody SabbathSabbath Bloody Sabbath
Warner Off Roster 1990
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SabotageSabotage
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BLACK SABBATH top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.19 | 602 ratings
Black Sabbath
1970
4.25 | 670 ratings
Paranoid
1970
4.01 | 521 ratings
Master Of Reality
1971
3.78 | 440 ratings
Volume Four
1972
4.08 | 526 ratings
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
1973
3.95 | 395 ratings
Sabotage
1975
2.69 | 283 ratings
Technical Ecstasy
1976
2.88 | 273 ratings
Never Say Die
1978
4.03 | 393 ratings
Heaven And Hell
1980
3.44 | 274 ratings
Mob Rules
1981
2.64 | 221 ratings
Born Again
1983
2.52 | 150 ratings
Seventh Star
1986
3.18 | 146 ratings
The Eternal Idol
1987
3.22 | 169 ratings
Headless Cross
1989
3.20 | 151 ratings
Tyr
1990
3.10 | 194 ratings
Dehumanizer
1992
3.31 | 126 ratings
Cross Purposes
1994
1.74 | 123 ratings
Forbidden
1995
3.56 | 102 ratings
Heaven & Hell: The Devil You Know
2009
3.70 | 182 ratings
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2013

BLACK SABBATH Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.93 | 61 ratings
Live at Last
1980
3.38 | 94 ratings
Live Evil
1983
2.89 | 20 ratings
Cross Purposes Live (CD + VHS)
1995
4.26 | 81 ratings
Reunion
1998
3.93 | 63 ratings
Past Lives
2002
4.16 | 23 ratings
Live at Hammersmith Odeon
2007
4.04 | 25 ratings
Heaven & Hell: Live from Radio City Music Hall
2007

BLACK SABBATH Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.35 | 12 ratings
The Black Sabbath Story - Volume 1 1970-1978
1991
3.73 | 11 ratings
The Black Sabbath Story - Volume 2 1978-1992
1992
1.65 | 21 ratings
The Last Supper
1999
3.67 | 12 ratings
Never Say Die
2003
4.50 | 2 ratings
Inside Black Sabbath with Tony Iommi
2003
4.00 | 6 ratings
Cross Purposes Live
2003
4.50 | 6 ratings
In Concert
2004
4.33 | 3 ratings
Total Rock Review
2006
3.74 | 20 ratings
Heaven and Hell: Live from Radio City Music Hall
2007
5.00 | 2 ratings
Children Of The Grave
2008
2.57 | 5 ratings
In Moscow
2008
4.75 | 4 ratings
Madman Alive in Athens
2008
3.80 | 5 ratings
Classic Albums: Paranoid
2010
2.88 | 7 ratings
Live. Gathered in Their Masses
2013

BLACK SABBATH Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.05 | 5 ratings
The Best Of Black Sabbath
1971
4.00 | 4 ratings
Attention! Black Sabbath
1973
4.50 | 4 ratings
Pop Giants: Volume 9
1974
4.67 | 3 ratings
Reflection
1975
3.07 | 33 ratings
We Sold Our Soul for Rock and Roll
1975
4.67 | 3 ratings
Attention! Black Sabbath Volume 2
1975
4.67 | 3 ratings
Children of the Grave
1976
5.00 | 2 ratings
The Best Of Black Sabbath
1976
5.00 | 2 ratings
Paranoia
1976
5.00 | 2 ratings
Star Gold
1976
4.14 | 10 ratings
Greatest Hits
1977
5.00 | 3 ratings
The Singles 1970-1978
1978
5.00 | 2 ratings
The Best: The Ultimate In Heavy Metal
1983
5.00 | 2 ratings
Collection Vol.1
1984
5.00 | 2 ratings
Hand of Doom
1984
5.00 | 2 ratings
The Sabbath Collection (original)
1985
1.48 | 4 ratings
Blackest Sabbath
1989
5.00 | 3 ratings
Black Sabbath
1990
5.00 | 3 ratings
Backtrackin'
1991
5.00 | 2 ratings
The Black Sabbath Story
1991
4.20 | 5 ratings
The Ozzy Osbourne Years
1991
5.00 | 2 ratings
The Ultimate in Heavy Metal
1991
4.33 | 3 ratings
Iron Man
1992
4.67 | 3 ratings
Iron Man (Alternative Version)
1994
2.03 | 7 ratings
The Sabbath Stones
1996
4.67 | 3 ratings
Best Ballads
1996
4.60 | 5 ratings
Under Wheels of Confusion 1970-1987
1996
3.80 | 5 ratings
The Originals
1996
5.00 | 2 ratings
Black Sabbath 1970-1987 Digital Remaster
1996
4.50 | 4 ratings
The Collection
2000
4.67 | 3 ratings
The Singles 1970-1978
2000
3.78 | 17 ratings
The Best of Black Sabbath
2000
4.50 | 6 ratings
The Complete 70's Replica CD Collection 1970-1978 (boxset)
2001
4.67 | 3 ratings
Rock Champions
2001
4.67 | 3 ratings
The Best of Black Sabbath
2001
4.73 | 11 ratings
Symptom of the Universe
2003
4.30 | 10 ratings
Black Box (The Complete Original Black Sabbath 1970-1978)
2004
5.00 | 3 ratings
Selections From - Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978)
2004
4.60 | 5 ratings
Greatest Hits 1970-1978
2006
5.00 | 2 ratings
Rock Giants
2006
4.00 | 3 ratings
Black Sabbath
2006
3.65 | 18 ratings
The Dio Years
2007
5.00 | 2 ratings
Audiobiography
2007
4.83 | 6 ratings
The Rules of Hell
2008

BLACK SABBATH Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.33 | 12 ratings
Paranoid
1970
4.09 | 11 ratings
The Wizard
1970
3.89 | 9 ratings
Evil Woman
1970
4.00 | 8 ratings
N.I.B.
1970
4.00 | 5 ratings
Coleccion Underground N 3: Presentando Paranoid
1970
3.83 | 6 ratings
Paranoid
1971
2.76 | 8 ratings
Iron Man
1971
3.33 | 3 ratings
Rock Power
1971
3.50 | 8 ratings
Snowblind
1972
3.14 | 7 ratings
Tomorrow's Dream
1972
3.50 | 8 ratings
Snowblind
1972
3.86 | 7 ratings
Wicked World
1972
3.75 | 4 ratings
Black Sabbath/Status Quo split PROMO
1972
3.71 | 7 ratings
Paranoid
1972
4.00 | 8 ratings
Paranoid
1973
4.00 | 7 ratings
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
1973
4.22 | 9 ratings
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
1973
2.62 | 10 ratings
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
1973
3.75 | 8 ratings
Hole in the Sky
1975
3.50 | 8 ratings
Gypsy
1976
3.29 | 7 ratings
It's Alright
1976
3.67 | 6 ratings
Hard Road
1978
3.71 | 7 ratings
Never Say Die
1978
3.60 | 5 ratings
Hard Road
1978
4.29 | 7 ratings
Die Young
1980
4.78 | 8 ratings
Neon Knights
1980
4.00 | 8 ratings
Mob Rules
1981
4.20 | 5 ratings
Turn Up the Night
1981
4.00 | 7 ratings
Paranoid
1982
4.00 | 7 ratings
Paranoid
1982
4.00 | 7 ratings
Paranoid
1986
4.00 | 3 ratings
Seventh Star Sampler
1986
3.80 | 5 ratings
No Stranger To Love
1986
4.00 | 4 ratings
The Shining
1987
3.80 | 5 ratings
4 Songs From The Eternal Idol
1987
4.17 | 6 ratings
Devil And Daughter
1989
4.20 | 5 ratings
Devil And Daughter
1989
4.00 | 6 ratings
Call of the Wild
1989
4.14 | 7 ratings
Devil and Daughter
1989
2.50 | 7 ratings
Headless Cross
1989
3.75 | 8 ratings
Feels Good to Me
1990
4.00 | 3 ratings
Castle Gold Collection: Volume 22
1991
4.00 | 3 ratings
Kerrang! Four-Play
1992
4.00 | 5 ratings
Time Machine
1992
3.80 | 5 ratings
TV Crimes
1992
3.83 | 6 ratings
I
1992
3.60 | 5 ratings
Get a Grip
1995
3.50 | 6 ratings
Psycho Man
1998
2.00 | 1 ratings
Paranoid
1998
3.75 | 4 ratings
Reunion
1998
4.14 | 7 ratings
Black Mass
1999
4.20 | 5 ratings
The Best Of Black Sabbath
2000
4.14 | 7 ratings
Paranoid
2000
4.00 | 7 ratings
Paranoid
2004
4.25 | 8 ratings
The Dio Years (Sampler)
2007
4.00 | 4 ratings
The Devil Cried
2007
3.80 | 5 ratings
Heaven and Hell (Radio Sampler)
2008

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 Born Again by BLACK SABBATH album cover Studio Album, 1983
2.64 | 221 ratings

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Review by TCat

4 stars I am ashamed to say that I have ignored this album all of these years. I have listened to the bad reviews and written this album off as a mishap of the 80s and the hair bands of the time. After hearing Mob Rules which was released just before this one (with Ronnie James Dio as the lead vocalist), I figured Black Sabbath had taken the next logical step from that album and made "Born Again" from the same cookie cutter pattern as all the other hair bands that were storming the pop charts at the time. Boy was I ever so wrong.

Ian Gillam (Deep Purple) takes the lead vocalist spot on this album. Ian's had some great performances and some not so great, so I am happy to say that this is one of his better gigs and his vocals fit right with the atmosphere and evil feelings of this album. Now, as other reviewers have said, this is not their best album and it doesn't quite reach the 5 star quality of most of the Osbourne era albums, but it comes closer than many of the other non-Ozzy albums. Too bad that things didn't work out between Ian and the band, but this is the only album with Ian on it. The stories go that Ian broke all of his records that he received from the recording of this album and that he threw up when he saw the album cover. Maybe if he had stayed, the sound might have suffered, we will never know. But at least this line up of the band released a very good album here.

The music is hard, the first side of the album is the best and most progressive with songs that should be considered classic Sabbath and should be considered some of their best. The second side suffers from a little sameness, especially from the last two tracks, but don't skip over the title track because it is also one of their best, sounding a lot like the hard dark blues of the first album. Don't make the same mistake I did, give this one a chance. If you don't like it, then it's not like you are out much, but if you do like it, you will discover like I did that you are in for a nice surprise. Congrats to the band for not falling to the corporate heavy metal that was around at the time and for not compromising their sound, at least for this album. This one is and hopefully soon will become an excellent addition to my prog rock collection, preferably on vinyl. 4 stars.

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 Technical Ecstasy by BLACK SABBATH album cover Studio Album, 1976
2.69 | 283 ratings

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Review by GruvanDahlman
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2 stars For an astonishing six years, between 1970 and 1975, Black Sabbath released six albums. Ever progressing from the first blues rock helping of the first and eponymous album to the perfect blend of prog and metal on Sabotage from 1975, they offered a very unique, never really matched set of albums. That is truly a feat. Knowing full well of their excessive use of substances, alcohol and grueling tour schedule, one realise that something had to give. And it did. When Technical Ecstasy was released in 1976 one felt and knew that something had happened and by the looks of it, that wasn't good.

Technical Ecstasy is perhaps the hardest album to warm to of all the albums during the classic years. Repeated listens haven't changed my point of view and the probability is that it never will. The problem lies in the lack of memorability in the material itself. No, this is not a stinker of an album. The songs are not awful. They are simply not that "catchy" as they used to be, on previous albums. There are songs that are great. "Back street kids" is a good opener. High spirited but gloomy. The disco type stuff represented on "All moving parts stand still" is equally good and that may be, funnily enough, my favorite. "Dirty women" is not half bad either. But when the album has spun, what remains? Not much, really. It is one of those albums you sort of enjoy when spinning but you can't really remember what you've just been through. Apart from a couple of tracks. "Rock'n'roll doctor" is terrible.

I believe in judging any and all albums for what they are, not in comparison to others. If you do I think you miss the point. On basis of that, I look at this album as an individual, not bothering about what came before or even after. Still, little can save it from my judgement. Compared to other albums during the 70's this one is the weakest and the most lacklustre, bleak and gloomy of the lot. Not that Sabbath ever was a joyous band but there was always a vibrant, lively tone to it all. This is not the worst album ever made and it is really not you typical bad one either. It is a downfall due to obvious reasons. As far as I am concerned they bounced back on the next album, Never say die which is one of my favorites. It is, however, less spirited and involved.

I would not say that Technical Ecstasy is purely for collectors but it is not really a three star album. While not being essential it is not something to shy away from either. It is part of the Sabbath history and as such it is an interesting piece of history. Take a listen with an open mind but do not expect it to be anything like Paranoid or Vol.4. Because it is not.

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 Never Say Die by BLACK SABBATH album cover Studio Album, 1978
2.88 | 273 ratings

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Review by aglasshouse

4 stars After two great SABBATH hits, SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH and SABOTAGE, the band seemed to want to take a temporary different direction with their music, by going at it with a more jazzy feel then the former. They released TECHNICAL ECSTASY to horrible reviews. The album shocked many people that BLACK SABBATH would release such a mediocre recording such as this (seeing as they hadn't before now). BLACK SABBATH did definitely get a generally bad rep in that year.

Two years later, however, they decided to come back with their 8th studio album, NEVER SAY DIE. The album certainly did better than it's earlier sister album, but definitely not by much.

The album still had pop-like notes and composition, however it was obvious they were trying to make a comeback from the last album. They concentrated more on putting heavy chords into the composition to make it sound more like their old music, yet also combining it with this new found feel Ozzy and the band discovered. To be honest, it doesn't sound bad. Yes, there are some slower parts that definitely don't hold much water, but it other circumstances they can retain some enjoyability. A lot of the time, Ozzy's vocals and lyrics support the album through some rough patches, and seem to give new light to the said medium, allowing for it to come back with a much more solid and steadfast feel.

Many people say that this was a poor way for Ozzy to leave the band to let Dio take his place for a few albums, which may be true. However, it is true that many people expect too much out of these early perfect-record bands such as DIO, or BLACK SABBATH. To that, I say give it a chance, and you may happen to like the faster SABBATH.

(Originally written for the Metal Music Archives on 9/3/14)

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 Paranoid by BLACK SABBATH album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.25 | 670 ratings

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Review by arthuredson

5 stars Everybody is bloody good in this album! I mean, the riffs are so dark and strong, the bass and the drum have an awesome chemistry, letting Tony float in the solos and letting Ozzy sing the powerfull lyrics. War Pigs is a piece were we see the dynamics that are going to apear in every song on the album. Paranoid, the title track, is a little bit weaker than the rest of the songs in the album, but, along with Communication Breakdown, is a important proto-punk/bang-your-heads song. Planet Caravan is an interesting piece, kind of dark ambient song, with the vocals that seems to be influeced by the delta blues singers. Iron Man has catchy riffs and... need I say more about this masterpiece? Electric Funeral transfer awesomely the felling of the lyrics through the intrumentals. Hand of Doom is my personal favorite, with all the dinamics, the solo, the lyrics. All fit so well together in this song. Rat Salad is a mini jam, power trio-wannabe, which contains awesome riffs, guitar and drums solo. Fairies Wear Boots is a decent ending for one of the best albums ever made in all the heavy metal.

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 Live. Gathered in Their Masses by BLACK SABBATH album cover DVD/Video, 2013
2.88 | 7 ratings

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Review by gr8dane

2 stars Had been looking at picking up this for some time,and finally did.Maybe I shouldn't have as I thought after watching it ,pretty ho-hum. First of all, of course there is no Bill Ward.But hats off to replacement,did a good job,but he ain't Bill. Great to see Tony out playing killer guitar.Geezer is solid,and Ozzy is in a solid voice after all he's been through. But there is way too much Ozzy / crowd participation,like I sing 'hey',you sing 'hey'.Way too much.Also the 'I can't f*ckin hear you ' bit goes on and on. I know Ozzy has always done that,but sitting at home watching, it's totally endless. Watching the old classics are a treat.4 new songs,maybe 2 too many when I could have 2 more classics. Good drummer,but don't need a drum solo. I have seen Sabbath 3 times,all with Ozzy.Sabbath Bloody Sabbath tour and Sabotage.Last time was the reunion with all 4 off them which was really good. Sorry about this hack job of a review,but literally just took DVD out of the machine.

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 Born Again by BLACK SABBATH album cover Studio Album, 1983
2.64 | 221 ratings

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Review by TerryDactyl

3 stars Born Again, for the first time!

Black Sabbath! Ian Gillian! YES! (not the band) or, is it NO!

Well, I've seen many fellow reviewers pigeonhole this one, and rightly so. It is a sort of bad that very few things manage to pull off. The production is pretty anemic, the lyrics are kind of silly, the music itself is sort of underwhelming and yet I can't say that this album is actually "Bad." More like enthusiastically misguided at best, delusional at worst, and really what would rock n roll be without the occasional ugly step child to smack around? This album is made for that purpose, however accidentally.

First problem is, of course, the cover. With that image, one can not really imagine what it sounds like. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for red satanic babies with green eyes on a purple background, but really it should sound like Celtic Frost or at least Manowar with that cover, not a (pre-dates, of course) cross between Guns N Roses and Van Halen (the only valid Guns N Roses comparison would be the weird similarity between "Zero the Hero" and "Paradise City") But the overall purpose of that comparison is that this album is not really all that heavy by any standard that could be used by any band that would foolishly call themselves "Black Sabbath" and think that they could easily get away with tepid pseudo-metal/hardrock of the 80's style.

That said, if this album were an 80's Uriah Heep or Wishbone Ash album it would have been their best of the decade. It's not terrible like "Abominog" is terrible nor is it horrid like...Actually I just realized the only 80's Wishbone Ash album I got through was "Nouveau Calls" and the cover of "Born Again" actually ate my copy of it. But you get the point.

This album isn't a real Black Sabbath album (but at least it doesn't have Joe Lynn Turner on it!) and it's not at all a Deep Purple album. Sabbath and Purple together sound like a great mix on paper but the reality was, I think, that these guys were all recovering from the seventies and couldn't quite drag their carcasses through the motions required for this to be truly successful. There's a weariness, a sort of half excited half underwhelmed quality to the album that they never quite shake. The songs sound like they started off okay, but the band just decided to call it a day instead of making them really great so what you get are a bunch of songs that are *almost* really good a few that are "pretty good" and a few that just stink. The overall result is a level of mediocrity that later Sabbath albums would kill for and earlier Purple albums wouldn't tolerate.

Not terrible, but often times boring and lacking quality control. The story is that they wrote "Disturbing the Priest" because they were recording close to a church and the priest came over to ask them to turn it down, they had tea with him and agreed wholeheartedly. That is absolutely NOT metal.

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 Heaven & Hell: The Devil You Know by BLACK SABBATH album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.56 | 102 ratings

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Review by siLLy puPPy
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4 stars It was never meant to be a serious project after being asked to record three songs for a compilation about SABBATH during the DIO years, but Tommy Iommi, Geezer Butler, Ronnie James Dio and Vinnie Appice had such an easy time writing new songs that they decided to release a whole album's worth. Although this is the exact same line-up as the BLACK SABBATH albums MOB RULES and DEHUMANIZER, they decided to name the band after the first album DIO did with SABBATH in order to differentiate it from the Ozzy era of the band.

This album is everything you could possibly want from a SABBATH album of the DIO era. The songs are catchy traditional doom metal and the production is modernly recorded but the fuzzed out metal sound makes these feel nice and dirty as well. DIO's vocals are as good as ever and the songs are very well written showing that the band really had some music makin' mojo left in them after years of mediocre albums apart from each other. The result of this reunion is more than just a nostalgic trip into the past, but this album succeeds in sounding very good in a modern sense as well being not just a carbon copy of their previous releases together.

This is my favorite album by SABBATH since the album HEAVEN AND HELL and in my humble opinion the best DIO album since his debut HOLY DIVER and if you count this as a side-project (which I don't) then it is my favorite in that department. A very welcome blast from the past and that album cover has to rate amongst my very favorite in all of metal with that totally wicked beast in the depths of hell brandishing its three-forked tongues. Sadly this was DIO's last album he performed on before he passed away from stomach cancer. RIP Ronnie James. What a great way to go out with this one.

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 13 by BLACK SABBATH album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.70 | 182 ratings

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Review by siLLy puPPy
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4 stars Finally. After 35 years Ozzy, Geezer and Tony finally get together to release a much anticipated album. Bill Ward opted out and Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine took the slot, so this isn't a complete reunion but it really sounds like classic Sabbath. The band stayed as true as they could to the classic 70s era and I have to say that I really like the results of the effort.

What we get here is retro SABBATH in all its glory. The production is up-to-date but the songs feel like this album could have come out right after SABOTAGE and is by far more interesting than either TECHNICAL ECSTASY or NEVER SAY DIE. There is no doubt that there is some blatant self-plagiarism here. The very beginning riff sounds like the beginning riff of the very first album from 1970. The song "Zeitgeist" is a clear reference to "Planet Caravan" from PARANOID. If you listen throughout the album different parts will remind you of older songs.

A recycled album maybe but one that I really enjoy hearing and never really expected would be released after the gazillion attempts over the years to make this happen. Despite this not being a full reunion and also in no way in competition to replace any of the classics as a favorite album, I still find this a very satisfying listen. I can get behind this retro sound only because this is like a new beginning. If they decide to begin releasing new albums I really hope they don't stagnate trying to recreate the past and move on into some newer frontiers. 3.5 rounded up

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 Paranoid by BLACK SABBATH album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.25 | 670 ratings

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Review by Chicapah
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4 stars I remember being weirded out by the cover of Black Sabbath's debut LP when I first saw it. The macabre image of a pale specter in a graveyard along with the band's dark name was more than enough to keep this still green-behind-the-ears, dyed-in-the-wool Baptist boy from wanting to know what their music sounded like. Then, sometime in early '72 while living in Denton, Texas I moved into a house on the outskirts of town with my band's sound tech, Gordo Gondolf, and our roadie, Malcom Patterson (R.I.P.). Malcom LOVED Black Sabbath, especially their "Paranoid" album. My bedroom was right next to his and he would play it loud and often. I, on the other hand, was into Deep Purple at the time and, in order to drown out the roar coming through the separating wall, I would play my copy of "Machine Head" at full volume. This probably drove poor Gordo out of his gourd but his room was at the other end of the house and maybe the metal battles between Malcom and I didn't bother him all that much. Anyhow, whenever I hear the name Black Sabbath that's what comes to mind and it's not a bad memory to revisit because despite our differences in musical tastes Malcom was a good egg and fun to be around. The point is that, other than the cuts played on FM stations, I never really heard his favorite group's songs past the first few measures and certainly never considered them progressive. But the older I get the more interested I am in rock & roll history and I finally decided it was time to listen to "Paranoid" with an open mind.

The disc begins ominously with "War Pigs/Luke's Wall" wherein the band sets up some dreary aural scenery beneath a wailing siren before vocalist Ozzy Osborne bursts in like a lightning bolt. I'm always taken aback by the excellent quality of Ozzy's singing as evidenced here where he has to fill up a lot of open space. Say what you want about these guys but they had a unique style all their own and since that's one of the core definitions of prog rock I now concur that they belong in our hallowed genre's halls (more so than many others, I might add). Wearing headphones, I was intrigued by how they took advantage of the basic two-channel stereo pan technique in their mix to broaden their sound, something that's a bit of a lost art these days. "Paranoid" is next and my opinion is that these fellas took what I term "riff rock" to a whole new level. While they aren't exactly my cup 'o Lipton and never will be I do respect their authenticity. They played what they heard in their heads and they were in complete agreement about the mood they were trying to create. "Planet Caravan" is next and I was shocked when I heard it. It owns a quasi-Moody Blues atmosphere with Ozzy singing through a Leslie speaker cabinet to conjure up an other-worldly feel. The song is performed with remarkable restraint and Tommy Iommi's guitar solo borders on jazz as ghostly piano chords create a dense backdrop. It's a very engaging track that caught me completely off guard and it's by far the most impressive song on the album.

Ozzy growls through an electric fan as Tommy's guitar drones menacingly to begin "Iron Man." To call this number "heavy" is to do it an injustice because it's unbelievably gargantuan in scope. (Malcom used to blast this tune first thing in the morning just to bug me.) Again, nobody in the biz was doing rock this way in that it had such a minimalist attack. To embellish it would've ruined the aura so they were happy to leave well enough alone. Kudos to Iommi re: his ability to double his guitar tracks with such precision. Not easy to do. "Electric Funeral" is another riff-based rocker but the wah-wah effect on one of the guitars gives this plodding number a different hue. Their sudden leap into the shrill bridge section is jarring and then they return to the original theme to finish it out. Geezer Butler's bluesy bass line starts "Hand of Doom" in a subdued air but then they crank it up for the chorus. As they did in the preceding track, they change gears midstream and go running off into curious detours. It's kinda like they combined 3 or 4 song ideas into one. "Rat Salad" is an instrumental that most likely was written in the studio one day while they were waiting for Ozzy to show. It surely came in very handy in concert because drum solos were mandatory in that era and this gave their stick man Bill Ward a vehicle in which to hog the spotlight for a few minutes. Thankfully, he doesn't wear out his welcome here. They end with "Jack the Stripper/Fairies Wear Boots" that starts out as a high-spirited instrumental before morphing into a metallic rocker rumbling over a semi-shuffle beat. Osborne's vocal is sufficiently devilish and they sound like they're enjoying themselves. It's apparent to me that they owe a lot to Cream for inspiring their means of delivery but they do so with a lot more abandon than Eric, Jack and Ginger did.

"Paranoid" was recorded just four short months after the release of their first LP and it only took them six days to complete. That left little time to over-think the music and it worked to their advantage because its "spareness" is what gives it such an unorthodox, raw flavor. Call it the genius of the uncluttered mind. It certainly tapped into a hungry demographic because even without the help of a Top 40 single the album rose to #12 in the USA and sold over 4 million copies. While you won't find any of these tunes on my personal playlist I do have a better understanding of their appeal and look forward to hearing where they took it from here. They are without question the godfathers of metal and they started a ball rolling that hasn't slowed down since. They were true innovators and that earns them an extra star in itself. 3.5 stars.

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 Black Sabbath by BLACK SABBATH album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.19 | 602 ratings

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Review by rachelene

5 stars A fine album, and seldom does a band start a career with such a fine offering. I am a bit ambivalent about BS, and basically I only really enjoy their 3 first albums, but this is the one I enjoy the most. It's not that the musicianship is extraordinary--Iommi doesn't show much virtuosity, although he has tones that belong only to him. I suspect that the most competent musician in the band is actually Butler. Still, what I like very much in the first album is that we can feel what influenced them, and I can smell a lot of Cream in this album.

This a fine example of the whole being more than the sum of its part. It's sometimes cheesy (and Osbourne could sure lay it thick at times), sometimes a bit too easy, and sometimes the musicianship sounds suspicious, and still, despite all this, the album remains an experience to enjoy and behold. It has the magic spark that makes me want to listen to it again and again, in the same way I enjoy listening to Led Zep, The Who or Zappa. It may not strictly be prog, but most progressive rock music lovers should enjoy it; in my opinion, this recording has the wonderful gift of not generating listening fatigue... 4.5 / 5 for me.

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