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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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,939 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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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Taylor on 21 Aug. 2014
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 Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 July 2010
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Some say this is the pinnacle of Sabbaths(with Ozzy) career,it would be hard to argue ,personally i think its a tie with 'Sabotage',whats not in question is how fantastic this album is eight perfect moments from a band on form who had taken everything learned from the 4 previous albums and honed it to perfection,the light and shade on this magnificent disc is almost too hard to describe,but i'll try.

As 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath' thunders out of the speakers your immediately struck with how clean a sound the band has here,the gritty distorted sound of the early days ahd been replaced with a finesse,a polish,an upgrade which makes the track sound majestic and none of the power has been lost,an awesome opening track,similarly tracks like the stunning 'Killing Yourself To Live & Sabbra Cadabra' benefit from this aural upgrade making the hairs on the back of your neck stand up as they caress your ears.

At the same time the development of the band can be noted in the lyrics of thrillers such as 'A National Acrobat & 'Spiral Architect' as Butlers word-play creates havoc with your mind,what is he talkin about?,its not all gloom and doom though as the melodic interlude that is 'Fluff' and an almost upbeat 'Lookin For Today' lighten the mood while ,that leaves only one other track to mention the sinister big brother overtures of 'Who Are You?' a fantastic atmospheric piece with keyboards to the fore,a sign of things to come.

A stunning 5 star album, possibly the best british rock album of 1973, and i forgot to mention the bagpipes ha ha...........
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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Pez on 5 April 2011
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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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