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Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
With 1973's Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, heavy metal godfathers Black Sabbath made a concerted effort to prove their remaining critics wrong by raising their creative stakes and dispensing unprecedented attention to the album's production standards, arrangements, and even the cover artwork. As a result, bold new efforts like the timeless title track, "A National Acrobat," and "Killing Yourself to Live" positively glistened with a newfound level of finesse and maturity, while remaining largely faithful, aesthetically speaking, to the band's signature compositional style. In fact, their sheer songwriting excellence may even have helped to ease the transition for suspicious ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
With 1973's Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, heavy metal godfathers Black Sabbath made a concerted effort to prove their remaining critics wrong by raising their creative stakes and dispensing unprecedented attention to the album's production standards, arrangements, and even the cover artwork. As a result, bold new efforts like the timeless title track, "A National Acrobat," and "Killing Yourself to Live" positively glistened with a newfound level of finesse and maturity, while remaining largely faithful, aesthetically speaking, to the band's signature compositional style. In fact, their sheer songwriting excellence may even have helped to ease the transition for suspicious older fans left yearning for the rough-hewn, brute strength that had made recent triumphs like Master of Reality and Vol. 4 really, all their previous albums such undeniable forces of nature. But thanks to Sabbath Bloody Sabbath's nearly flawless execution, even a more adventurous experiment like the string-laden "Spiral Architect," with its tasteful background orchestration, managed to sound surprisingly natural, and in the dreamy instrumental "Fluff," Tony Iommi scored his first truly memorable solo piece. If anything, only the group's at times heavy-handed adoption of synthesizers met with inconsistent consequences, with erstwhile Yes keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman bringing only good things to the memorable "Sabbra Cadabra" who know he was such a great boogie-woogie pianist?, while the robotically dull "Who Are You" definitely suffered from synthesizer novelty overkill. All things considered, though, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath was arguably Black Sabbath's fifth masterpiece in four years, and remains an essential item in any heavy metal collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992727228
  • Catalog Number: 2695
  • Sales rank: 18,524

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Black Sabbath Primary Artist
Rick Wakeman Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Ozzy Osbourne Synthesizer, Harmonica, Percussion, Vocals
Geezer Butler Synthesizer, Bass, Percussion, Mellotron, nose flute, Fuzz Bass
Tony Iommi Organ, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bagpipes, Flute, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar, Harpsichord
Will Malone Conductor
Bill Ward Percussion, Drums, Bass Drums, Vocals, Timpani
Technical Credits
Black Sabbath Arranger, Composer, Producer
Ozzy Osbourne Hands
Mike Butcher Engineer
Geezer Butler Hands
Tony Iommi Hands
Patrick Meehan Director, Direction
Will Malone Arranger
Bill Ward Hands
Hugh Gilmour Liner Notes, Reissue Design
Ray Staff Remastering
Drew Struzan Illustrations
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of their best

    If you love Sabbath (or even if you just think they're okay), then you'll love this cd. Great songs, great lyrics, great band.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sabbath is Bloody

    New Style Again. More relaxing tracks! There is still some doom "A National Acrobat" and rocking tracks "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath", "Killing Yourself to Live" but new kinds of "Sabbra Cadabra", love song. I can't describe which style this song is. The beginning is rocky but the rest of it is...well you must hear it. "Who Are You?" well, interesting...The last ones are the best ones. It feels good to me hear these tracks. They are not so heavy ones.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Good CD

    Besides the over synthisized "Who are you" I think there is not one weak track on this cd. I think this cd influenced many of the bands of today as with the heavy guitar at the end of sabbath bloody sabbath and even a Nirvana sounding end to A National Acrobat. Killing yourself to live is another classic and Fluff is a good change of pace to the cd as it totally chills you down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My favorite Sabbath disc

    My first impression on hearing the title track was stunned elation. That song is arguably the finest written and arranged track in the Sabbath canon. The rest of this album is not bad either, with the heaviest moments coming on 'A National Acrobat' and the at-times crushing 'Killing Yourself to Live'. They began working with keyboards and other extraneous touches here, which definitely spiced up 'Sabbra Cadabra' and 'Spiral Architect', two more highlights. The only downer on this album is 'Who Are You' which almost entirely lacks Iommi's guitar. That misstep aside, this is a metal tour-de-force which deserves a listen even 28 years later.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Black Sabbath Rules!

    The fifth record is one of their best! An early career peak indeed! A lot of cool riffs are included in the title track, "Sabbra Cadabbra", and "A National Acrobat". The instrumental "Fluff" is a nice change of style. Very melodic! "Who Are You" is a cool synth experiment. Get this early metal masterpiece as soon as possible!

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