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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 (26 Feb 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Castle
  • ASIN: B000005RFL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,591 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
2. A National Acrobat
3. Fluff
4. Sabbra Cadabra
5. Killing Yourself To Live
6. Who Are You
7. Looking For Today
8. Spiral Architect

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Format: Audio CD
I've just listened all the way through the gargantuan slab of molten hot metal that is Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and felt impelled to highlight it.

The first 4 Sabs LPs + Sabotage + the first 2 with Dio tend to get the most critical acclaim, and rightly so. But Sabbath Bloody Sabbath needs to be rapidly hoisted up there too - it's a colossal beast!!!

Most of these tracks boast a series of killer riffs welded together. Each is utterly compelling in its own right. Iommi is like a fire breathing dragon with each riff emerging, again and again, out of the previous one, burning its way through your brain.

Certainly Tony Iommi is the undisputed heavyweight champion of the heavy metal guitar riff - he's rarely ever failed throughout his career IMO. Every riff here could battle its way easily to the top of the all time best lists. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath itself, has a sound that immediately shocks you to attention - Iommi's 2nd best one after Symptom IMO.

One day the critics will recognise the work of Iommi and Sabbath, not only as definitive heavy metal, but also as a bona fide artform. The way Tony churns out riff after riff so eloquently describes the factory production lines of industrial Birmingham. Perhaps he is the LS Lowry of Heavy Metal!?

Ozzy gives a typically incredible display of vocal theatre in the songs - portraying so many states of madness, fear, alienation, sorrow and twisted humour. Check out SBS, National Acrobat, Sabbra Caddabra, Killing Yourself to Live (uh, and all the vocal tracks actually).

And, as ever, Iommi, Geezer and Bill knit together as a phenomenal unit. Bill is undervalued. He has a unique drumming signature - very focused on Ozzy's singing. He can not really be replaced.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lewis@nevermind.co.uk on 7 Feb 2001
Format: Audio CD
music from the past this good really needs to be heard by the nu-metal/rock influenced youth of today, it beats stuffings out of most of the stuff they listen to. On this cd there are many memorable moments with songs like (sabbath bloody sabbath)when it goes in to a heavy powerful riff half-way through and the relaxing charm of (fluff). Songs like (killing yourself to live) and (looking to today) really put the cherry on top of this meaty rock cake of delight....BUY this album you will be presently surprised no matter what your musical leaning is.
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This is the album that should have followed the Sabs debut "Black Sabbath". Gloriously dark, yet with an attitude that aims to dispel the myth that heavy rock'metal is mere satan-worshipping, this album is akin to a rock opera a la Queen, but without the commercial flamboyancy of Mercury and May. The opening track "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" is the essence of Black Sabbath's sound and intentions. "Killing yourself to Live" is a track especially relevent in today's world. "A National Acrobat", Fluff" and "Spiral Architect" are superb examples of the sheer genius of Iommi, Ward and Butler. With this album the Sabs have mixed the occultist atmosphere of "Black Sabbath" with the grinding guitar sound of "Master of Reality", thrown in the attitude of "Vol.4" and come up with an absolutely amazing assault on the senses. The sound of the music and the track listing gives one the impression that this is a concept album and one is free to assume so. However, it is, in my opinion a unique concept album, with the flow between songs being generated by the music only, rather than any lyrical or storyline content. This is work of pure genius produced at a time when Rock meant something and had something to say. In contrast to rock bands of the current era, the Sabs will be remembered. And this album proves it.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 25 Nov 2009
Format: Audio CD
Overlooked by fans and the band alike, this album, coupled with Sabotage, marks Sabbath's finest hour. As accomplished, coherent, brilliantly produced, orchestrated, sung and played as anything put out that decade, Sabbath skimmed the surface of the prog rock movement without getting bogged down in pretension. Makes previous Sabbath albums seem workmanlike. Sister album Sabotage a bit more hit and miss, but should be played together with this - The Writ, Spiral Architect, A National Acrobat, Looking for Today, Hole in the Sky and Thrill of it All widdle on the likes of Iron Man, Faries Wear Boots and NIB from a very great height. Following up such genius proved impossible, and both Technical Ecstasy and Never Say Die wilt by comparison.

The 2009 remasters really are worth shelling out for - even if, like me, it's your third or fourth copy. There is a noticeable improvement to the sound, which is more than my ears could detect on The Beatles or Stones remasters. With a great booklet of pictures, a 2 page lyric sheet, an article putting the album in context (with contributions from Bill Ward) and a nice mid-price, this for me is an essential purchase. And yes, I'll still probably buy the Deluxe Version if they ever get round to releasing one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By gareth.jenkins@ntlworld.com on 26 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
I first got SBS in 1993, absolutley loved it, and still do! It's certainly my favourite Sabbath album, it works as a whole though its not a concept album. Each song offers something different, really showcasing the ability they have. Everyone is on great form, i really think this features Iommis best guitar playing, from the archetypal metal riff of the title track to the electronic wash of who are you, he is powerful but never overbearing the others. the pairing of looking for today with spiral architect is the albums highlight for me. Two really great songs, which i never tire of listening to, they finish the album on a uplifting mood. when you hear the applause at the end you just feel stunned at how good the album has been and wonder how 40 minutes can fly by so fast!
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