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All eight of the original Black Sabbath albums featuring Ozzy Osbourne as singer have something special about them. It’s no coincidence, though, that the hardest-core fans center on the earliest ones, and many who find Paranoid too familiar or obvious prefer either the self-titled first album or Sabbath's third studio album, Master of Reality. In retrospect, this album is said to have inspired every stoner rock band worth talking about. On a few key songs (“Children of the Grave,” “Lord of This World,” and “Into the Void”), guitarist Tony Iommi downtuned his guitar by several tones to achieve a heavier sound, a practice now extremely common among guitarists in extreme metal subgenres. “Sweet Leaf,” starting with the sound of Iommi coughing, is a paean to marijuana. “After Forever” issues a pro-God message from group lyricist Butler, who was tired of defending Sabbath from "satanist" charges. “Children of the Grave” is anti-war. Most surprising is the heartfelt ballad “Solitude,” which includes Iommi on flute, piano, and fingerpicked guitar under a medieval-influenced melody line.

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THIS is heavy

Let's put this is context. This album still stands up as one of the heaviest metal albums ever. And it was released in…wait for it.…1971! These blokes invented metal. Period. End of story. NO other band at that time was anywhere near this heavy. Zeppelin? Please. They just played the blues really loud and ripped off every blues song out there. Sabbath morphed the blues into something altogether different and sinister and made it their own. Plus all of their tunes were original. Into The Void? Friggin unreal.

Old Favorite

I have owned this in 8 Track, vinyl, cassette, CD and now digital. Awesome, awesome, awesome!

Can't get better than this!

All these songs with Tony's riffs and Ozzy's lyrical sound to the bass of Geezer and drums of The one and only Bill ward! Great Album! Songs lyrically the beginning of waft made sabbath Great! Buy this Now!!


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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