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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 [Ansley 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: 24

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Additional info
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 (8)

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annodomini - 09.01.2010 at 18:02  
  We could proudly say, that Doom metal was the first metal genre
Baz Anderson - 14.02.2010 at 00:49  
  Exactly 40 years old today. Now that is something...
BitterCOld - 15.02.2010 at 20:37  
Rating: 8 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.
Hellchain666 - 26.05.2010 at 19:14  
Rating: 10 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.
Wishmaster - 08.09.2010 at 05:26  
  What an amazing album! A masterpiece without any doubts!
Axe Argonian - 28.01.2011 at 18:58  
Rating: 9
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.
Void Eater - 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.
erykk - 13.04.2011 at 10:05  
Rating: 10 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
JohnDoe - 13.04.2011 at 17:36  
 
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.
Cill O' Connor - 26.05.2011 at 15:58  
Rating: 8
Written by Void Eater 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.
John Shock - 05.06.2011 at 00:59  
  It's one of my favorites Black Sabbath albuns! Oh well it's a classic! Love It!!
Lit. - 05.06.2011 at 03:37  
  The title track scared me shitless when I was a kid, especially the end.
musicalkaratekid - 12.09.2011 at 15:30  
Rating: 9 I just can't stop loving this album now. So damn bluesy and heavy:)
Cuca Beludo - 07.12.2011 at 15:41  
  I like how the bass sound in "N.I.B.", perhaps the best bass-sounding in all metal history. Great review!
slinx - 11.02.2012 at 11:20  
Rating: 8 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
Pelagial - 02.03.2012 at 19:16  
Rating: 10 The best first album from a band i've heard
Bad English - 13.11.2012 at 17:26  
Rating: 9
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
megadeath13 - 20.11.2012 at 18:58  
  This people, is the first Heavy Metal album created! What would Metal be like, without this masterpiece?
king_matt - 07.01.2013 at 03:00  
Rating: 10
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?

Black Veil Brides
Aristarchos - 04.03.2013 at 19:22  
Rating: 9 Black Sabbath and NIB are the two best songs Black Sabbath has written.

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