Black Sabbath [Deluxe Edition]

Black Sabbath [Deluxe Edition]

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Black Sabbath's debut album is given over to lengthy songs and suite-like pieces where individual songs blur together and riffs pound away one after another, frequently under extended jams. There isn't much variety in tempo, mood, or the band's simple, blues-derived musical vocabulary, but that's not the point; Sabbath's slowed-down, murky guitar rock bludgeons the

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Black Sabbath's debut album is given over to lengthy songs and suite-like pieces where individual songs blur together and riffs pound away one after another, frequently under extended jams. There isn't much variety in tempo, mood, or the band's simple, blues-derived musical vocabulary, but that's not the point; Sabbath's slowed-down, murky guitar rock bludgeons the listener in an almost hallucinatory fashion, reveling in its own dazed, druggy state of consciousness. Songs like the apocalyptic title track, "N.I.B.," and "The Wizard" make their obsessions with evil and black magic seem like more than just stereotypical heavy metal posturing because of the dim, suffocating musical atmosphere the band frames them in. This blueprint would be refined and occasionally elaborated upon over the band's next few albums, but there are plenty of metal classics already here. [Universal/Sanctuary's 2009 reissue of the album included a digitally remastered version of the original recordings, as well as a second disc stocked with nine previously unreleased tracks, nearly all of which are just alternate takes].

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Release Date:
06/30/2009
Label:
Sanctuary Uk
UPC:
0602527008172
catalogNumber:
2700817
Rank:
26085

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Black Sabbath [Japan Bonus Tracks] 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Who else would release an album on Friday the 13th. Perfect example of the mindset of the most talented, yet horrific band ever. I wish I could have been back in 1970 just to see the reaction of parents whose kids had been listening to the Beach Boys, The Doors, and The Who. The greatest asset a band can have is their own signature sound. Very few, maybe a handful, have an original sound. Most are copies of Sabbath, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, etc, at faster speeds. This group was crucified by the press and still is worshipped by the masses of fans and fellow musicians. Few people realize that all of their albums in the 70's went platinum, which back then was a much bigger accomplishment than it is today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This lp is the reason I had nightmares when I was young. A landmark debut for this band. Maybe not the most popular or sold the most, but in my opinion it is the best Sabbath lp. "Paranoid" did as well as it did simply because of this groundbreaker. Focus has done well for many bands on their maiden voyage, causing integrity to be THE priority on their debut project. I believe this was the case for Black Sabbath. This lp is always a joy for me to hear. "The Warning" is my fave. I guess my feelings were a little bit too strong! Great lp!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the one that started it all, released on friday the 13th of 1970. It has a more evil feel then any other Sabbath Album. Get it, it truly rocks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sabbath's first album is a bit raw, even for their usual sludgy selves. The only track that really feels like a complete song is 'The Wizard', otherwise there's some long suites, by turns low and riffy and then eerie and psychedelic. Some of it is quite good, but this record still sounds like kind of a warm-up jam for Paranoid, their breakthrough.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While Paranoid is their most popular album, their first is their best. The trade off is slightly less developed lyrics for some kick a** sludgy guitar driven jams. For my money, this is their best but I don't want to take anything away from Paranoid.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everyone thinks that "Paranoid" was their best and none of their other ones come close. well i think this is just as great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this is the BEST Black Sabbath album by far. They never got any better than this one.
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