Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

by Black Sabbath
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Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0075992727228
catalogNumber: 2695

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,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Harpsichord
Bill Ward   Percussion,Drums,Bass Drums,Vocals,Timpani
Wil Malone   Conductor

Technical Credits

Black Sabbath   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Ozzy Osbourne   Hands
Mike Butcher   Engineer
Geezer Butler   Hands
Tony Iommi   Hands
Patrick Meehan   Director,Direction
Bill Ward   Hands
Hugh Gilmour   Liner Notes,Reissue Design
Drew Struzan   Illustrations
Wil Malone   Arranger

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Sabbath Bloody Sabbath 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.