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Black Sabbath


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5 stars This is the BS album that I discovered most recently, unlike the first four classic ones which I listened in my youth. "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" was not available in the shops in my hometown when I was getting into the band so I never had a chance to listen it earlier. But now, when I finally got it and listened thoroughly I can only pity what I missed previously.

This is by far the most accomplished, the best produced and arranged and excellently composed of all 5 early albums. The music palette is expanded with an array of keyboards, synths, flutes, acoustic guitars, strings and percussion. Rick Wakeman's appearance, although notable, is in my opinion overstated - he played on only one track ("Sabbra Cadabbra"). Kudos instead must be given to Iommi and the company for their composition and instrumental skills that made this album perhaps the most progressive of all their albums. Highly effective and polished sound may attract even those who do not like the harsh heaviness and black murky production of early albums, followers of narrow-defined progressive rock included.

I will not mention particular tracks because all are excellent each in its own way. Perhaps synthesizer-dominated "Who Are You" is the weakest moment but overall it is recuperated by wonderful heavy/acoustic ingredients of the title track, amazing dual lead guitars in "National Acrobat" or the "symphonic" baroque feel of strings-laden closer "Spiral Acrobat". This album should be part of any decent prog collection! Sabbath at their best!


P.A. RATING: 5/5

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