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Black Sabbath


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4 stars My name is Lucifer ... please take my hand

A Blair Witch Project of an album. Fuzzy round the edges, a bit jittery in places but a memorable and unique experience. The great distorted guitar, fat bass (I love that flappy sound in Evil Woman), jazzy drums and Ozzy's vocal (Ozzy is Sabbath). Incomparable, love it or hate it: you won't forget it.

One of the striking things I've found about introducing people to Black Sabbath is that all without exception have been surprised about how heavy it isn't. Yes it has that slow deliberate heaviness that is neither blues nor rock n roll but it's along way from the death, speed or thrash that people expect. Maybe that's the thing about Black Sabbath, the impression taken away is of a really gritty heavy album and yet each listening reveals a softer lighter side. N.I.B. is a classic example of this.

The Wizard always conjures up a vision of some bizarre carefree Vancian figure dandering through the woods of the dying earth. An all time favourite.

This album Master of Reality, Sabotage and Volume 4 provided the soundtrack to many late night sessions. In some ways its easy to lose sight of just what a sea change Sabbath brought to the table, and their debut laid out for all to hear a new and challenging sound.

This is an essential album for a broad music collection, and a must for all the heavies but the progster in me has to recommend it as an excellent addition to your prog collection (along with Paranoid, Master of Reality, Sabotage and Vol4)

Treat Yourself, you know you want to..

obiter | 4/5 |


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