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Black Sabbath has been so influential in the development of heavy metal rock music as to be a defining force in the style. The group took the blues-rock sound of late '60s acts like Cream, Blue Cheer, and Vanilla Fudge to its logical conclusion, slowing the tempo, accentuating the bass, and emphasizing screaming guitar solos and howled vocals full of lyrics expressing mental anguish and ... Read more in Amazon's Black Sabbath Store

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  • Audio CD (25 Oct. 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: US Import
  • ASIN: B000002KB8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,877 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Black Sabbath
2. The Wizard
3. Wasp / Behind The Wall Of Sleep / Bassically / N.I.B.
4. Wicked World
5. A Bit Of Finger / Sleeping Village / Warning

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Black Sabbath ~ Black Sabbath

Some might claim that this 1970 debut is the definitive Black Sabbath record. While the gothic overtones of the opening track, "Black Sabbath" (thunderstorms and foreboding church bells introduce Ozzy Osbourne's howl and Tony Iommi's sludgy guitar), and the raucous defiling of Cream on "N.I.B." were thrilling then (and remain so now), there is too much wanking here to really qualify the collection as the must-have Black Sabbath record. (That prize would have to go to Paranoid.) But the blues-heavy riffs of "The Wizard," the soon-to-be-famous chord-progression stylings on "Wasp," and the grunge-boogie of "Wicked World" allow it to stand as a solid testament to the deep and lasting influence the band has had over the years. --Lorry Fleming

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "andystantonexstevenage" on 3 Feb. 2001
Format: Audio CD
....'What is this that stands before me......' This album was the type of sound the youth then and now were/are looking for.The lyrics,Ozzy's distinctive voice,Iommi's heavy guitar work-those brilliant rifts-Geezers great bass playing and Wards'thumping drums. Although the lyrics are simple enough,it is clear that they hold great meaning about this 'system'and the evil within said system and within individuals. This album is a work of genius:in all its glorious aspects. this album will be around forever.A definite must for any collector of hard/heavy rock.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Aug. 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is a blinding debut from the Godfathers of Metal. From here, they went on to conquer the world with a quartet of metal masterpieces -Paranoid, Master of Reality, Vol 4 and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - which set the agenda for all aspiring heavy rockers for the next 20 years.
Each song on this album is a classic. My favourite is Behind The Wall Of Sleep, a dreamy, dank tale of drugs and death. The riffs are splendiforous, elegaic and very, very heavy. The lyrics are sparse and taut, with Ozzy's unmistakable whining rising up like a phoenix from the flames. This song is a relatively unknown classic, and one of many anti-heroin songs that the band wrote. Others include the fabulous Hand Of Doom from Paranoid, which prove that they were, in fact, a bunch of quiet and loveable cider drinkers...
If you're into Soundgarden circa 'Superunkown' or Metallica pre 'Load' then get into this. It'll make your ears bleed and you'll love every second of it. I guarantee you'll fall in love with this album.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By The Lost Golfer on 12 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
Ok first off let's not confuse this release with the single cd available as this is a new remaster and what a remaster at that!
I was a tad skeptical about this release and one reason i didn't rush straight out and buy because i wasn't sure if it was just the same as the single cd,but after reading on the black sabbath forum about the unbelievable quality i had to get it asap.
Ok onto the review.
Well Many cds these days are so poorly re-mastered that great dynamic sounding music seems to be becoming a rarity these days with many artist's back catalogues and indeed new music being butchered and ruined so it fills me with enormous happiness to say this deluxe edition is really quite superb,in fact it's one of the best cds ive ever heard.
Everything about this cd is brilliant,one because it was the first and highly influential album from sabbath and two ive never heard it sound better.
From the opening of black sabbath to the final track of disc one warning i was amazed at how dynamic and powerful sounding this is.
The second cd has outtakes and instrumentals from the album which i found to be excellent especially the studio outtake of black sabbath,at the start you hear ozzy say (and i'll leave out certain words lol) "i dont understand it....i can't remember the words" really is priceless and in my opinion worthy of purchase on this reason alone.
Seriously though this is a masterclass in remastering and one that all engineers should take note and learn from.
So if you are a fan of heavy metal or sabbath and you are not quite sure whether to get it then don't wonder anymore just go for it.
Comparing this to the single cd version is like comparing gold to dirt,the single cd is louder,harsh sounding and brittle,this deluxe edirion is pure gold,not at all loud very smooth and rich.
Absolutely brilliant and a pleasure to award it 5 stars!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
Well probably the most over analysed,overated album ever,thats what,this album did not invent Heavy Metal! it had a part no doubt but im sure Blue Cheer and Grand Funk Railroad had a fair input as well.

That its a pretty good album is not in question but some of the hyperbole in previous reviews would have it as the second coming.

Opening with thunder,rain,tolling bell its immediate that this aint no pop disc and hammer house of horror has been set to music, setting their image for years, an image that at times threatened to strangle and inhibit,they often complained,Ozzy's vocals taut and sounding genuinely terrified are perfect for this song and the band each show their prowess.Following on is the albums best track 'The Wizard' with a riff that Blue Oyster Cult borrowed for 'Cities on Flame....',next up the superb 'Behind The Wall Of Sleep' with its lyrics of drugs and death then closing the original side one was 'N.I.B' with some fantastic bass from Geezer Butler,how disappointing to find out years later it wasnt a Nativity In Black,rather it was named after Ward's Beard!!!

So 4 classic tracks, however for me the rest of the album isnt as impressive,the single 'Evil Women' tries hard but never really takes off whilst the over long coupling of 'Sleeping Village/The Warning' starts off well but becomes rather laboured and boring to my ears while 'Wicked World' is plain average,probably why it was left off the original album.

The quite frankly atrocious production on this disc actually helps rather than hinders the music produced but i cant in all honesty give it 5 stars,its not a 5 star disc,those would come later,4 stars would be a fair assessment.

For those who cant help themselves and have to cast their unhelpful* vote(*although its because they disagree) take a moment and ask yourself this question,how often do you actually listen to this album,be honest with yourself.
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