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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 Cassette
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B0000709UP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hope I get old before I die on 18 Jun. 2013
Format: Audio CD
The first Black Sabbath album I ever heard back in 1979. I was unaware of the band problems and had heard none of their other stuff, so really heard it on its own terms. I thought it was fantastic but being many years ago, with money tight and sharing LPs common, I taped it...first tape lasted over ten years then I managed to tape it again before that tape packed up. Finally with the arrival of CD, I bought it. We are 34 years on, my musical tastes have diversified and yet I now have it on my MP3 player and still hear new things in it. So for me at least, while I still enjoy the other albums it is this one that has really stood the test of time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Smithy on 18 July 2012
Format: Audio CD
This has always been one of my favourite albums - not just by Black Sabbath but by anyone. I've always been surprised at the way it's been criticised by the band and by reviewers. I thought I must be mad - so it's great to see that other reviewers like it too. It's full of fantastic musical ideas and great riffs, quite close to prog rock at times. And my favourite song on the album doesn't have Ozzy on it - it's Bill Ward singing 'Swinging the chain.'
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dobey on 26 Aug. 2012
Format: Audio CD
this one was alot better than "technical estascy" imo. Songs like 'johnny blade' . 'over to you' are interesting hard rockers, few songs here though are that classic sabbath sound. I still like this alot though, it's a solid rocker by any standards. After this one ozzy got fired for his heavy drinking. (not drugs). There is a great dvd of a concert from this era that is available too. "never say die' is the best song on here and it foreshadows the greatness of the two dio releases that were coming up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. S. Taylor on 17 Oct. 2012
Format: Audio CD
In response to the critics on here.
Granted this isn't your usual Sabbath album and not as good as their early ventures. But! it has so many variations, early influences and light and shades, with Iommi experimenting, it can be hard to take in, because it isn't your normal Classic Sabbath doom n gloom ( well not really that doom n gloom). I think this album is verging on the experimental and dare I say it, progressive side. Yeah you might say the band lost it's way, which is probably true.But you still get the vibes that the band still worked very hard on this album. I still think Iommi should experiment more instead of playing even gloomier music, which can get very tiring. Anyway don't want to wander off the main topic.
This isn't your normal classic Black Sabbath work, but still very good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Carney on 31 May 2011
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Fantastic vinyl reissue with phenomenal sound quality. This is not the same as the 2009 remastered CD that Sanctuary/Universal issued. That was a compressed piece of junk, but this is simply astonishing!

Trust me, this may have been cut from digital files, but it compares very well with the original UK Vertigo vinyl. It comes with a cool gatefold cover with liner notes and photos. And the original inner is reproduced. Get this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
Housed in what was possibly the bands most sinister album sleeve Sabbath's final album with Ozzy is generally underappreciated and like its predeccesor Technical Ecstacy is often overlooked.

Again not the greatest production,similar to 'Ecstacy the guitars are more metallic and the rythmn section further back in the mix for the most part.

Side 1 of the original vinyl was where all the action was ,thundering title track which became their first hit single since 'Paranoid,then 2 lost classics the vicious sly 'Johhny Blade' with its eerie synths followed by the equally tortuoed soul of 'Juniors Eyes propelled along some cool bass line from Butler before stuttering slightly with 'Hard Road',its a great song but cant live with the three it follows,possibly if the class of 'Shock wave.which originally opened side 2,had replace it ,side 1 might have been unbeatable.

The remaining tracks present a challenge,if you cant see past Paranoid,War Pigs etc and cant accept change,progression,then you will be disapointed,
'Air Dance' features some sublime piano playin(Don Airey) while 'Breakout' with its manic saxaphone comes across like a heavy metal Steely Dan.Only 'Over To You and particularly 'Swinging The Chain' fail to do it for me and as such a star is duly docked.

What is quite interesting about this album,its generally stated that that Sabbath were tired,burned out,a relic from the 70's to be discarded by Punk(i think not),listen to the lyrics contained in the likes of 'Never Say Die','Johnny Blade',Juniors Eyes' & 'Over To You',the dis-satisfaction with life,the future,education,the dont let the bast***s grind you down mentality,every bit as relevant as what the Punks were trying(and generally failing) to say.

Its not the best Sabbath album but its not the worst another which should be reappraised.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is possibly the most under-rated of all Sabbath albums. It was made at a painful time for the band, Ozzy split with the group half way through the album but came back to complete it.
The product of all this angst is a diverse album unified only but the distinctively metallic sound of Iommi’s guitar (you’ll have to listen to the album to see what I mean). Sabbath still rocked, with tracks like Never Say Die, Johnny Blade and Shock Wave about as full-on any in the early catalogue. Running alongside this are what can best be described as metal fusion (only about 14 years before the then-ground breaking Images and Words, by Dream Theater.) There are some amazing funk bass riffs in Junior’s Eyes; some blues influence in Swinging the Chain; progressive leanings in Hard Road, and some I-don’t-know-what big band experimentation in the aptly named Breakout. All this with no perceptible depreciation in quality – in fact this is probably the most consistently good of all the early albums (I can’t really think of a dud besides Shock Wave).
My personal favourite though has to be Johnny Blade: pure 24 carat 70s hard rock. Opening with some wonderful interplay between synth, drums and guitar, it then rocks into all out metal. When you add to this some cold yet haunting lyrics from a mature song writer and a, frankly, unbettered guitar solo finale from Tony Iommi you’ve got something pretty special. It’s never off my Sabbath playlist.
This album really needs to be rediscovered by Sabbath fans.
This is the last album of the Ozzy era. Just over a year later, Sabbath would release a new album, Heaven and Hell, fronted by the diminutive (in height only) Ronnie James Dio.
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