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Sabbath Bloody Sabbath [Original recording remastered]

Black Sabbath Audio CD
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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 (1 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B002JIEYL2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,320 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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BBC Review

There must have been a few Sabbath fans running scared when they heard that Birmingham’s finest doom merchants had released an album that included gentle acoustic guitars, synthesisers and - hell forbid - string arrangements! What the blazes were they thinking? Surely this departure from the tried and true was a signal of the imminent decline of their metal masters. It would have no doubt come as welcome relief to hear the familiar guttural grind of Tony Iommi opening the title track with one of his best riffs yet. The discovery of this classic phrase by Iommi apparently helped kick the band out of a songsmithing quagmire as well and set the band on course for the production of their fifth and most progressive album to date.

“Killing Yourself to Live” is churning heavy rock masterpiece, “Fluff” a gentle instrumental and “Looking for Today” is given the orchestral treatment. A diverse range indeed when compared with earlier ‘meat and spuds’ efforts but apart from the too heavily synth drenched “Who Are You?” it all pulls together and makes for an superbly uplifting experience. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is not as ultimately arresting as the likes of Paranoid but its a great album in its own right, highlighting a creatively more mature band, and deserves to be given a jolly good thrashing on any self respecting stereo system. --Tim Cunningham

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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By Supertzar TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sabbath 5 April 2011
By The Pez
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The sleeve notes say that at the beginning of recording their fifth album, the boys were bereft of ideas, even the metronimic Tony Iommi was blank as to riffs, but after moving into a castle to record it ideas came flooding, and boy, the result is excellent.

I would have to say that I view this as a better album than Volume 4, it seems more complete somehow. When Iommi comes up with a riff he delivers big time, and the opening (title) track is no exception, an absolute killer riff and as a complete song, probably a little fuller than previous Sabbath recordings.

"Fluff" is a beautiful little accoustic track, I swear if you played this to anyone who did not know Sabbath they would never guess who it was, it is so out of character (and I include "Embryo" and "Orchid" in that statement as interesting as they are, they are little more than curios, this is the real thing). This leads on to "Sabra Cadabra" one of my favourite tracks that amply demonstrates what a brilliant bass player Geezer Butler is and carries on through such tracks as "Killing Yourself To Live" to the excellent "Spiral Architect" which concludes the album.

A Sabbath classic that should not be missing from any collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars outstanding rock music that never tires 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The fifth studio release from the masters of the heavy rock universe is, for me, a return to form after a disappointing Volume 4. The band was still going through problems, mainly liked to substance abuse, but whereas on Vol.4 this led to a rather patchy affair on this release they managed to harness it and put it to good creative use.

As well as the usual doom laden lyrics, many dealing with the band's problems, there is some excellent musicianship and vocals on display here. The band tried to expand their musical palette on 4, but it was a hit and miss affair. Now they have got the hang of it, and a much more cohesive record results, in the form of heavy rock with distinctive prog leanings.

Tommy Iommi is on fine form with his trademark down tuned guitar sound, and Ozzy seems possessed with his singing. Ward and Butler are also giving it their all, and a classic heavy rock album results. Along with their self titled debut and `Paranoid' I rate this as the best from the classic Sabbath line-up. It's the greatest album cover of all time as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, life-enhancing brilliance. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Sabbath Bloody Sabbath! 23 Nov 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is one of 6 must have Black Sabbath albums (the first 5 and Heaven and Hell). Sabbath Bloody Sabbath for me is along time personal favourite. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, the song displays a level of versitility that few praise Sabbath for, yet even fewer can obtain and all in one song! A National Acrobat also displays the whole band on top form, especially Tony Iommi's melodic yet heavy riffing. Sabbra Cadabra, is probably the most straight forward song here, but is not less than fanatastic, But in True Sabbath style they save an absolute corker of a song for last, The Spiral Architect, will still for me stands out because there's nothing else quite like it. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, originally realeased in 1973, still is a milestone not only in Black Sabbath's career but in all Heavy Metal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sabbath as they used to be
This is a great album, classic Sabbath stuff but also includes a more mature sound interspersed with songs that are much more diverse. A must for any true Sabbath fan.
Published 7 months ago by John Atkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Sabbath
This is a true gem of an album from sabbath,which is one of many first choices when going through their back catalog.really stretching their technical ability musically.
Published 8 months ago by Mr A POOLE
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Once again sabbath deliver a brilliant album, with Ozzy of course. The songs are brilliant with that 70's feel to the production.
Published 11 months ago by bh
5.0 out of 5 stars I Liked as LP and love as a CD.
Excellent CD, Black Sabbath at there best. I can hear more detail on the CD then I could on the LP. Maybe my turntable wasn't very good..
Published 11 months ago by stonemason
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
The sound quality of this album is incredible, The re-master makes Sabbath sound even better! I would recommend this to any Sabbath fan. Great Album.
Published 12 months ago by GarethEvs3
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Album
A Classic album at a great price.This is not to be missed by fans of this music genre so I would recommend it.
Published 14 months ago by Lyndee H
5.0 out of 5 stars classic album
This is part of my classic album collection and the best album sabbath made. I have also got albums by thin lizzy, rush, quo, springsteen and of course KISS
Published 14 months ago by tricky
5.0 out of 5 stars Class metal.
One of their very best albums, very melodic and classic sounding.
A perfect investment for anyone who appreciates good music.
Published 15 months ago by ActLikeYouKnow
4.0 out of 5 stars Sabbath before the slide
SBS shows Sabbath were still ruling the waves of heavy metal at that time. Personally I believe this to be their last period of musical lucidity before the decline that led many... Read more
Published 18 months ago by BevRen
5.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece of supernatural metal.
This band was never satanic , they just liked horror movies! However this one really just creates a fine work here of supernatural inspired metal. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Michael Dobey
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