BLACK SABBATH – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

Black Sabbath – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath [Remastered] (2004, Sanctuary Midline – UK Import)
Original Release: 1973, Warner Bros. Records

1. “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” … 5:45
2. “A National Acrobat” … 6:16
3. “Fluff” … 4:11
4. “Sabbra Cadabra” … 5:59
5. “Killing Yourself to Live” … 5:41
6. “Who Are You?” … 4:11
7. “Looking for Today” … 5:06
8. “Spiral Architect” … 5:29

Ozzy Osbourne – Vocals, Synthesizer
Tony Iommi – Guitars, Piano, Harpsichord, Synthesizer, Bag Pipes, Flute, Organ
Geezer Butler – Bass, Synthesizer, Mellotron
Bill Ward – Drums, Percussion, Timpani

Additional Musicians:
Rick Wakeman – Piano, Synthesizer (“Sabbra Cadabra”)

Producer: Black Sabbath

I can admit when I’m wrong. The Ozzy era produced some GREAT music. He’s my least favorite singer from the band’s storied history, but you can no longer deny the music made during this era. Most people maybe would have started with the Ozzy albums, but I didn’t. I went from Dio to Martin to Gillan to Hughes and out sheer curiousity, having conquered everything else Sabbath has done, I gave Sabbath Bloody Sabbath a chance (also bought Sabotage at the same time).

In the ’70s, they did things a lot differently than today. It isn’t uncommon to see 14, 15, or even 16 brand new songs on an album. How much of that do you think is actually quality stuff? The lower your number of tracks, the less likely you’re going to have filler and there’s no filler on this album at all. Eight classic tracks. Yes, even “Fluff”, an instrumental that was meant more as a joke than anything serious.

Of course, some of this stuff is extremely dated like “Who Are You?” and the aforementioned “Fluff”, but that just adds to part of the charm but I can’t help but feeling like I’m the one on drugs just by listening to some of these songs. Sabbath really loved their synthesizers and pianos on this album.

I really love the artwork. The front and the back feature some beautiful images and there’s quite a number of interesting theories as to what is going on. Is the man dying? Is he being taken to Heaven or to Hell? Or is he just mad?

Great release and it’s encouraging me to seek out more Ozzy Sabbath releases.

Highlights: “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath”, “Fluff”, “Sabbra Cadabra”, “Looking for Today”


Posted on December 23, 2009, in Black Sabbath and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. You finally see the light! 😉
    Black Sabbath is Ozzy, Tony, Bill and Geezer!

    Haven’t you heard the albums Sabbath’s debut album, “Paranoid“, “Master Of Reality” or “Volume 4“?

    Those four, plus “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” are Black Sabbath’s best! All with Ozzy on vox.

  2. Yes indeed, the early Sabbath albums are worthy of being called “Classics”, including this one. “Killing Yourself to Live” is one of my favorite songs from this one. Some of the material may sound a bit dated yes, but the Ozzy version of Sabbath definitely created some awesome songs. In order, my all-time favorite albums by them are: Sabotage, Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath, Master of Reality and Paranoid.

  3. I’m not trying to jump on a bandwagon here, yet I honestly pick Sabbath Bloody Sabbath to be the greatest Heavy Metal Album ever. I blabbed all about it this past year. There is way too many cool things happening on this album – it is dark, the Iommi riffs, Ozzy’s vocals – at his best then, the diverse nature of the album in and of itself. Yes, the album cover is unreal stuff as well. Fluff was the first song I ever learned to play on the guitar too.

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