Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath


9 | 1261 votes |
Release date: 13 February 1970
Style: Doom metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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Disc I
01. Black Sabbath
02. The Wizard
03. Wasp / Behind The Wall Of Sleep
04. Bassically / N.I.B.
05. Evil Woman (Don't Play Your Game With Me) [Crow cover]
06. A Bit Of Finger / Sleeping Village
07. Warning [Aynsley Dunbar's Retaliation cover]
08. Wicked World [bonus]

Disc II [2009 Deluxe Edition Bonus CD]
01. Wicked World [Single B-side]
02. Black Sabbath [Studio Out-take]
03. Black Sabbath [Instrumental version]
04. The Wizard [Studio Out-take]
05. Behind The Wall Of Sleep [Studio Out-take]
06. N.I.B. [Instrumental version]
07. Evil Woman [Alternative version]
08. Sleeping Village [Intro]
09. Warning [Part 1]

Top 20 albums of 1970: 2
Top 200 albums of all time: 23

Line-up
John Michael Osbourne - vocals, harmonica
Anthony Frank "Tony" Iommi - guitars
William Thomas Ward - drums
Terence Michael Joseph Butler - bass

Additional info
Produced by Roger Bain.

The tracklist of the more common American release (June, 1970) combines several tracks into one and incorrectly switches the titles around, as well substitutes Evil Woman for Wicked World, the B-Side to the original Evil Woman single, resulting in:
1. Black Sabbath
2. The Wizard
3. Wasp/Behind the Wall of Sleep/Bassically/N.I.B.
4. Wicked World
5. A Bit Of Finger/Sleeping Village/Warning

The '96 Castle remaster uses the original track-listing, plus "Wicked World" as track 8, being the only release with both songs on one disc.

Some versions of the album contain a live version of "Tomorrows Dream" as track #8.

Following the release of the expanded Paranoid set, Universal issue a further two classic Black Sabbath albums in the Deluxe format with an additional CD of goodies.

Guest review by
HS
Rating:
10
Black Sabbath is not an ordinary album. It's the one that gave birth to our beloved metal genre. It was recorded back in 1970. At that time, although the spotlight was on the popular rock'n'roll groups which were constantly producing new "hits", Black Sabbath managed to compose the first heavy metal album ever.

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published 02.09.2003 | Comments (10)

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09.01.2010 - 18:02
annodomini
We could proudly say, that Doom metal was the first metal genre
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14.02.2010 - 00:49
Baz Anderson
Exactly 40 years old today. Now that is something...
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15.02.2010 - 20:37
Rating: 8
BitterCOld
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Amusingly this is the second best metal album of 1970 to "paranoid"... same band took gold and silver in the same year. i don't think that feat can be matched.
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26.05.2010 - 19:14
Rating: 10
Hellchain666
Black Sabbath's first album is the birth of heavy metal and should be in any metalhead's collection. This album is a classic, it never gets old.
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08.09.2010 - 05:26
Wishmaster
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What an amazing album! A masterpiece without any doubts!
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28.01.2011 - 18:58
Rating: 9
Axe Argonian
Written by BitterCOld on 15.02.2010 at 20:37

Amusingly this is the second best metal album of 1970 to "paranoid"... same band took gold and silver in the same year. i don't think that feat can be matched.

That's especially true when considering that both this album and Paranoid are timeless classics.

To be honest, however, I once foolishly overlooked this album in favor of albums like Paranoid and Master of Reality until most recently when I decided to listen to songs like "Black Sabbath" and "The Wizard" for the first time in my life. Admittedly I was blown away when I did; I never previously knew that 70's songs could be so fucking dark and heavy! This is definitely the definitive heavy metal album of the ages.
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20.03.2011 - 07:40
Void_Eater
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I actually don't think this could be considered the first true metal album. Not true in the tr00 or trve sense, but true as in the album, as a whole, just doesn't completly fall into metal. It has some of the first metal songs, the title track, the wizard, and N.I.B, but the rest of it is mostly just blues rock. If you ask me, Paranoid was the first actual metal album. Not to say that this album isn't good- Although it's not that great. The improvment from this album to Paranoid is astonishing.
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13.04.2011 - 10:05
Rating: 10
erykk
Music: 10
Vocals: 10
Lyrics: 10
Melody: 10
Production: 8
Originality: 10
CD Cover: 10

My top 5:
1. Black Sabbath
2. NIB
3. Evil Woman
4. The Wizard
5. Wicked World

A masterpiece
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13.04.2011 - 17:36
JohnDoe
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Written by erykk on 13.04.2011 at 10:05

Music: 10
Vocals: 10
Lyrics: 10
Melody: 10
Production: 8
Originality: 10
CD Cover: 10

My top 5:
1. Black Sabbath
2. NIB
3. Evil Woman
4. The Wizard
5. Wicked World

A masterpiece


you're still grading everything...

8 for production? what's wrong with it?

Remember most of the album was recorded in 1969 and released early 1970.
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26.05.2011 - 15:58
Rating: 8
ZOMBIESiTellsYa
Written by Guest on 20.03.2011 at 07:40

I actually don't think this could be considered the first true metal album. Not true in the tr00 or trve sense, but true as in the album, as a whole, just doesn't completly fall into metal. It has some of the first metal songs, the title track, the wizard, and N.I.B, but the rest of it is mostly just blues rock. If you ask me, Paranoid was the first actual metal album. Not to say that this album isn't good- Although it's not that great. The improvment from this album to Paranoid is astonishing.


I guess there's a lot of bands you could say influenced what eventually became known as heavy metal. But I also don't think that this album is THAT great when just looked at as a piece of art by itself. Paranoid is by far superior imo. Of course many people give it extra cred for its historical significance but for me, it's all about the music and this didn't really live up to what I expected, considering it's put so high on people's "greatest albums of all time" lists.
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05.06.2011 - 00:59
John Shock
It's one of my favorites Black Sabbath albuns! Oh well it's a classic! Love It!!
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05.06.2011 - 03:37
Lit. Metalhead
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The title track scared me shitless when I was a kid, especially the end.
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12.09.2011 - 15:30
Rating: 9
musicalkaratekid
I just can't stop loving this album now. So damn bluesy and heavy:)
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07.12.2011 - 15:41
Cuca Beludo
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I like how the bass sound in "N.I.B.", perhaps the best bass-sounding in all metal history. Great review!
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11.02.2012 - 11:20
Rating: 8
slinx
Hey, I have the American version of this album so I'm not sure the which exact songs I like off the album.

Could someone break up these two songs into exact parts for me? Into time frames, like say Wasp is from 0:00 to 3:37 (just an example) and such.

3. Wasp \ Behind The Wall Of Sleep \ Basically \ N.I.B.

5. A Bit Of Finger \ Sleeping Village \ Warning.

Thanks
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02.03.2012 - 19:16
Rating: 10
Pelagial
The best first album from a band i've heard
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13.11.2012 - 17:26
Rating: 9
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Masterchief
Written by yanivush147 on 03.03.2012 at 19:36

Awsome Album. thank god who gave us Black Sabbath.


Maybe it was whitche swhen had a sabbath in some secret place in England?

About album after long time I was listening this agan.... well masterpiece, old school old BS this and Paranoid is pretty much true sabbath what I enjoy rest is OK, but not close to amsterpiece how this one and follower
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20.11.2012 - 18:58
megadeath13
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This people, is the first Heavy Metal album created! What would Metal be like, without this masterpiece?
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07.01.2013 - 03:00
Rating: 10
king_matt
Written by Guest on 20.11.2012 at 18:58

This people, is the first Heavy Metal album created! What would Metal be like, without this masterpiece?

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04.03.2013 - 19:22
Rating: 9
Aristarchos
Black Sabbath and NIB are the two best songs Black Sabbath has written.
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08.03.2015 - 00:49
Rating: 7
Ruchesko
All this really did for me was confirm my indifference towards Ozzy and my lack of appetite for doom. NIB's a keeper, though.
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08.03.2015 - 02:42
Rating: 8
musclassia
Honestly, this is so far from what metal has become these days I can see why people would be willing to dismiss it, but the first 4 songs at least have so much to offer, even after everything that's happened since, that I hold this record in high regard even if I think e.g., Warning is too widdly-waddly-winding and unfocussed. Attempting to rationalise the early BS records these days is such a challenge just because they pretty much acted as cement for most-to-everything that was built since
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08.03.2015 - 18:51
Rating: 8
Azarath
It's a good album with some classics on the first half, but the second side goes deep into blues jamming and soloing.

I mean, I really like it, but I can see why some wouldn't care for it. Paranoid and Master of Reality are more "metal" overall.
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22.07.2015 - 01:33
Rating: 9
Bad English
Masterchief
Written by Azarath on 08.03.2015 at 18:51

It's a good album with some classics on the first half, but the second side goes deep into blues jamming and soloing.

I mean, I really like it, but I can see why some wouldn't care for it. Paranoid and Master of Reality are more "metal" overall.


band started as blues band, they wanted play blues at 1th place, not metal so, that makes sense
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22.06.2017 - 04:44
VIG
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They improved a lot on Paranoid. This one isn't very metal. I think Paranoid was the real first metal record one. Of course, the title track here is the first metal song, but it is a lot of jazz hard rock blues jam music, not metal.
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