8 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though not as well-known as their earlier albums, Black Sabbath’s sixth studio album, Sabotage, is one the group’s very best. Tony Iommi’s guitar sound is particularly strong and cutting, while the album's tone was influenced by the nasty fact that the band were being sued by their previous management, leaving them to wonder if it was wise to just keep paying the lawyers. Such is the topic of “The Writ,” one of the few songs with lyrics written not by bassist Geezer Butler but singer Ozzy Osbourne. “Hole in the Sky” and “Symptom of the Universe” became fan favorites and center on guitar riffs as sharp as shark bites. Iommi even adds beautifully textured acoustic guitar pieces to the end of “Universe” and the brief instrumental “Don’t Start (Too Late).” The nearly 10-minute “Megalomania” creates a haunted atmosphere worthy of the band’s name. The other instrumental, “Supertzar,” added a choir to create the effect of a horror movie. “Am I Going Insane (Radio)” fulfilled the effect with Ozzy Osbourne on vocals.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Though not as well-known as their earlier albums, Black Sabbath’s sixth studio album, Sabotage, is one the group’s very best. Tony Iommi’s guitar sound is particularly strong and cutting, while the album's tone was influenced by the nasty fact that the band were being sued by their previous management, leaving them to wonder if it was wise to just keep paying the lawyers. Such is the topic of “The Writ,” one of the few songs with lyrics written not by bassist Geezer Butler but singer Ozzy Osbourne. “Hole in the Sky” and “Symptom of the Universe” became fan favorites and center on guitar riffs as sharp as shark bites. Iommi even adds beautifully textured acoustic guitar pieces to the end of “Universe” and the brief instrumental “Don’t Start (Too Late).” The nearly 10-minute “Megalomania” creates a haunted atmosphere worthy of the band’s name. The other instrumental, “Supertzar,” added a choir to create the effect of a horror movie. “Am I Going Insane (Radio)” fulfilled the effect with Ozzy Osbourne on vocals.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
101 Ratings

101 Ratings

elizaco ,

Best Sabbath album ever

I've been listening to this album regularly since I bought it when it was released in 1975. I was 13 years old. Sabbath was about the only band I listened to for many years, as I got older I realized there was more music to love, but this band will always hold a special place in my musical heart, and this album top of the list.

Rushman14 ,

The best and most underrated

For some reason this album has always been underrated but Sabotage is hands down the best Sabbath album of the Ozzy era.

DJWeideman ,

Best Sabbath album

This is the record that made me a BS fan. I liked ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’ but ‘Sabotage’ catches the band at the perfect moment of songwriting, performance and raw power. Everyone is firing on all cylinders here and the production is first-rate, pushing everyone to work that much harder to create a classic record.

From the opening power chords of “Hole in the Sky” you know you’re listening to one of the best hard rock releases of the ’70’s, and for my money, the best work Black Sabbath ever did.

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