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Editors’ Notes

If ever there were an eight-album collection worthy of being named the essential textbook for the beginnings of heavy metal, Black Sabbath’s Complete Studio Albums 1970-1978 is the one. Each of the band's first six albums is perfect in its execution, and while the final two albums are spottier, they too have their share of excellent material. When lists are made of the most influential songs in hard rock and early heavy metal, it’s harder to decide which Black Sabbath songs to leave off than what to put on. Tony Iommi’s earth-crunching power chords, Geezer Butler’s dexterous but heavy bass lines, Bill Ward’s manic and demanding drumming, and Ozzy Osbourne’s unusual and immediately recognizable voice come together to defy the odds and make Sabbath one of the most important bands of the '70s. The elemental riffs of “Black Sabbath,” “N.I.B.,” “War Pigs,” “Paranoid,” “Iron Man,” “Sweet Leaf,” “Children of the Grave,” “Tomorrow’s Dream,” “Supernaut,” “Snowblind,” “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath,” “Killing Yourself to Live,” “Hole in the Sky,” “Symptom of the Universe,” “Back Street Kids,” and “Never Say Die”—and so many others—make Sabbath's greatness an obvious case.

Customer Reviews


I'm rediculously glad Itunes finally got the studio albums from the Ozzy years on here, it took way too long! Masterpieces all of them. Now all that's needed is Tool and Itunes is golden.

The beginning of everything heavy started right here.

Black Sabbath are the greatest and most copied band of all time. If you youngsters are into heavy music and want to learn where it all started then you need to add this entire collection to your ears. These are the classic metal albums of all time. Every great metal and hard rock band that has been around in the last thirty years owe their grattitude to this band. The mighty Black Sabbath.


If you don't have this by now, at this price, you need to. The blueprint of heavy metal is right here. Even the later stuff is amazing all these years later.


Formed: 1968 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

An English hard rock institution whose influence on heavy metal cannot be overstated, Black Sabbath not only pioneered the genre, they helped launch the career of one of its most colorful and controversial characters in Ozzy Osbourne. The band distilled the smoke and strife of its industrial hometown into a punitive blast of doom-laden heavy blues-rock via bass player Geezer Butler's dystopian lyrics, which leaned heavily on the occult, and guitarist Tony Iommi's seismic riffing. When paired with...
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