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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new beginning for ROCK............
....'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...
Published on 3 Feb. 2001 by andystantonexstevenage

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Hard Rock sound
Black Sabbath, along with Deep Purple, Uriah Heep and few others, were the pioneers of Hard Rock in the period '70/'75. Then came the Heavy Metal...
These is the first album of Black Sabbath, released in 1970.
The first thing that strikes you immediately is the voice of Ozzy Osbourne, and his obsessions with evil and black magic. The powerful song is "The...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome debut!, 3 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Black Sabbath (Audio CD)
Let's be clear, this album isn't as good as some of the Sabbath albums that followed it. However, for a debut album by a little Brummie band with little in the way of cash and metal peers to influence the sound, it's an awesome piece of work! 'Black Sabbath', 'NIB' and 'The Wizard' are right up there in the upper echelons of bone-crunching Sabbath material. You should buy this if you've ever liked any metal. :-)
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4.0 out of 5 stars WHAT IS THAT STAND BEFORE ME...?, 1 July 2010
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Mr Blackwell (scotland) - See all my reviews
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Rock Album, 3 July 2001
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This review is from: Black Sabbath [VINYL] (Vinyl)
This is the album that started all the heavy, dark rock that you all take for granted these days. This is one of the best albums from one of the best rock bands ever, the pioneers of Metal, Black Sabbath. All of the songs here are infested by Tony Iommi's hair-tingling, original guitar riffs and Bill Ward's jazz-based drumming, and the poetic lyrics are crooned by the unimitable Ozzy Osbourne, who can still rock a crowd now, let alone in his prime on sets such as this album.
All of the songs are so deep and powerful they'll make you sit up and take notice, especially the gothic and genuinely scary "Black Sabbath" and the war sirens and crashing guitars of "War Pigs". "NIB" is somewhat comical in my opinion but it still has enough power to make anyone mosh - it's one of their greatest tracks ever. In addition, the excellent "The Wizard" is unique becauase it is the only song where Ozzy has played harmonica.
Recorded in an hour while the band were probably under the influence, this doesn't seem to have the makings of a classic rock album, but hell, it damn sure is. It's right up there with "Nevermind" on my list, and every metal fan should have at least one copy of this!
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4.0 out of 5 stars At A Cemetery Near You, 30 Nov. 2006
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D. J. H. Thorn "davethorn13" (Hull, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Black Sabbath (Audio CD)
Most bands who forge an individual identity take a couple of albums to do so. Black Sabbath had theirs pretty much laid out when they made their first. Let's make music to scare people, they said. It might have had something to do with the obvious fact that several other bands were ahead of them in the heavy blues stakes. Indeed, their blues influences surface on 'The Wizard' and 'The Warning'. But Chuck Berry this is not. Hammer Films might not have consulted them, but this is horror music. Tony Iommi was clearly already a fine guitarist, but the extended solos on 'The Warning' demonstrate that the band's strength was not conventional riffing, but the ability to create that effect of some unspeakable leviathan splitting the earth open and crawling out of it. As Ozzy Osbourne advises on the band's signature tune, 'Turn round quick and start to run'. From the beginning of this album, they bring your nightmares to you. Osbourne is no great singer, but he sure knows how to arrange the flowers in the graveyard. For me, the tracks 'Black Sabbath', 'Behind The Wall Of Sleep' and 'Sleeping Village' are what this band do best and make them unique. The bluesy stuff is okay, but better left to others. Meanwhile, the lyrics are variable to say the least. The title track sets the tone for the band's career, but when, on the bonus track, 'Wicked World', they address serious issues directly, it comes across as hackneyed. With hindsight, this is a landmark album, but is it classic rock? In places, yes, but not entirely. If you like 'Master Of Reality' and 'Paranoid', then come back to it later.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FIRST METAL ALBUM EVER AND ONE OF THE BEST!!!!, 7 Jun. 2008
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I bought this a couple of years ago as my first Sabbath album and i was blown away by it. You'll find no filler here just all killer tracks. The album starts of with the classic track Black Sabbath wow what a track they made this track to scare people they did there job well, the track is about finding out satan has picked you as the chosen one and the freaky thing about it is geezer butler wrote this after seeing a black shaped figure at the end of his bed (now thats creepy), the next track is The Wizard which is my personal favourite track it has a hermonica playing at the then goes into a mindblowing heavy riff which you wouldnt really think it came from the early 70s. My other favourite tracks are N.I.B a kinda more bluesy song mixed with metal a great bass intro to it, Warning is amazing 10 minutes long mainly instrumenatl which is breathtaking, Wicked World is fantastic with a cool intro cool lyrics and a great voice. This was the first ever metal album and it should be in every metalheads collection what ever type of metal you're into you need this album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath - Starting as they meant to go on, with top rate dark and heavy rock, 13 May 2011
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This is the debut album from the masters of heavy rock, Black Sabbath. And what a cracking album it is!

Guitarist Tommy Iommi had yet to develop his trademark `heavy' guitar tuning and playing style, but all the other essential Black Sabbath elements are in place. With lyrical themes of black magic and evil, delivered by Ozzy Osbourne in a voice in turns ethereal or howling, the tone of the album is dark and oppressive. Drummer Bill Ward and bassist Geezer Butler do some sterling work, changing the moods from frenzied rock to slow and moody as necessary, and Iommi's guitar strikes all the right chords.

A classic of the British Heavy Rock scene, the birth of a legend. An essential purchase for anyone who loves rock music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pioneering Stuff, 24 Jan. 2000
This review is from: Black Sabbath (Audio CD)
This album sets the tone for the next 5 or 6 Black Sabbath releases - dark, weight-laden riffs backed by superb bass and drum work, with Ozzy's high-pitched vocals further down the mix. Absolutely fantastic. Any rock fan cannot be without this album. Pioneering metal at its best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blues Sabbath, 16 Mar. 2011
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ratmonkey (Hardy Country) - See all my reviews
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The church bells toll. The rain falls. And the first heavy metal riff tears with doom from the funereal atmosphere. Black Sabbath have arrived. Who would have thought that from these simple beginnings that not only a new legendary group had been introduced but that also a completely new type of music had been born? Granted, other bands had dabbled with the formula but Sabbath made it whole. The progression from heavy metal's roots in blues is seen here incarnate.

The titular opening track is not blues as such but lends itself to the genre's laidback approach to music. It's a sufficiently foreboding and different song for the time. Now it does not seem so ground-breaking, but then The Exorcist is not as chilling a film either when compared to modern horror films. Strangely, after the doom-metal of the opening track we are subject to blues in all its glory. 'The Wizard', (one of my favourite Sabbath tracks) bursts into life, upbeat and fun with mouthfuls of purposeful harmonica. It's bonkers, as un-heavy metal as possible and absolutely perfect. It really solidifies the fact that, while Sabbath are a heavy metal band, their sensibilities are more indie; they are simply a band who like to make music despite the genre. 'Beyond the Wall of Sleep' holds an understated riff at its heart. This is where the blues and the metal merge for the first time and the transition is heard. The guitars are distorted and chug like a metal song but the tune is pure blues. This continues with the infectious, killer riff of 'N.I.B.'. It's a classic for a reason.

What follows is equally as perfect but also very different. As with 'The Wizard', 'Evil Woman' is near perfect. A single, it is short and catchy and actually a proper pop song. The chorus drives it and it is a cadillac of a chorus. 'Sleeping Village' seems like a segue but is slightly longer than it should be. The opening acoustic horror is great. Then it explodes with some stinging riffs and solos into an almost-instrumental. It almost works too. But it's not perfect and certainly the first track to be merely good. 'The Warning' with its 10 minute length and excellent title, I was expecting to be as the title track was. What it actually is is a very blatant blues song that is about 5 minutes long with 5 minutes of solo digression in the middle part. It is not great unfortunately. 'Wicked World' sounds a lot like 'Fairies Wear boots' from Paranoid. It's an ok song but not the perfect ending hoped for.

All in all it is a very strong debut and an undeniable classic as it is a seminal album marking the birth of a genre and legendary group. Ozzy's vocals are very different here. He sounds more gruff and less whiney, a real blues voice. And the band's musical nous is evident as there are some fantastic songs on here. Not a complete triumph but a complete classic.

However, if you want the first time metal and Sabbath meet for an entire album, then Master of Reality is where it really all begins.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Iconic band, debut LP, cover, label and music, 8 Feb. 2009
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DAVE HORN "Dave Horn" (Ellington Village, Northumberland, GB) - See all my reviews
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The sleeve notes say that this was issued on Vertigo on Friday February 13th 1970 but I swear that we were belting it out as 16 year olds on a cheap turntable in the Great Hall, Featherstone Castle, Northumberland, GB on a school field trip in the late summer of '69. My vinyl copy's in the loft and I can't be bothered go up and find it to check the date.

It was preceded by the issue of a single, "Evil Woman/Wicked World", in mono on the Philips label (my mate has a copy, worth a mint now) later issued in stereo on the Vertigo label (of which I bought a copy, worth only a little unfortunately). "Evil Woman" was a cover of a 1969 single and LP track written and performed by US rock band Crow in a jazz-rock style. Sabbath replaced the brass with lead guitar licks but it was taken at the same speed. You should search out and take a listen to the original back to back with the cover.

The members of The Polka Tulk Blues Band or plain Polka Tulk, named after some talcum powder or a clothes shop (both depending on what you read) were renamed Earth and then in 1969 Black Sabbath (after the 1930s Boris Karloff film) and a legend was born with the issue of the single and LP (though the single didn't chart if I remember correctly). The vinyl LP had a lovely gatefold sleeve too, on which you could fully appreciate that amazing grainy cover photo in all its cinemascope glory.

What better way to start this eponymous rock album with satanic overtones than "Black Sabbath" itself, oozing the required atmosphere with tolling church bells thrown in as it rumbles through its allotted 6 minutes plus. This is followed by 6 slices of 4* and 5* rock, including the 10 minute opus "Warning" featuring a little early shredding from the one with no fingertips. Strangely, there's a short guitar riff half way through that's a straight lift of that from Man's 1969 single "Sudden Life". There's the 6 minute "N.I.B." too (I used to know what that stood for but I've forgotten). Also, thrown in for good measure, as an extra track, at least on 2003 onwards issues, is the very acceptable and somewhat manic non-album B-side "Wicked World".

Now, why don't they issue this in a 5.1 surround mix to go with that of "Paranoid". I feel a little (inverted) cross that they haven't.

Now where's that Black Widow "Sacrifice" LP and the "Lords of Chaos: the history of occult music" 2CD compilation?
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5.0 out of 5 stars What is this that stands before me !, 4 Feb. 2008
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J. A. Jackson (uk) - See all my reviews
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OK....LETS KEEP THIS SIMPLE....I HAVE BEEN A ROCK/METAL FAN FOR 30 YEARS AND THIS IS THE BEST ALBUM EVER.....I KNOW THIS IS A BOLD STATEMENT BUT IT IS JUSTIFIED....MUSICAL BRILLIANCE AND DARK OVERTONES......JUST BUY IT !
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