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Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
Label: Warner Brothers Records
Release: 1970

Tracklisting:
Black Sabbath
The Wizard
Behind The Walls of Sleep
N.I.B
Evil Woman
Sleeping Village
The Warning
Wicked World

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At times it can be hard to believe that an MTV star like Ozzy Osbourne once was the leader of a venomous band like Black Sabbath. But alas, these days Ozzy is known more for being a bumbling idiot on a television reality program rather than his legendary musical past. Anyhow, comments on how Ozzy sold out aside, this is where it began, and it was a very great beginning.

Recorded for a mere £400 this album sounds gritty and evil, hearing it anyway else would be blasphemous. While Ozzy is the most well-known member of the band, it Tony Iommi, the guitarist of the band, who used to rub Ozzy’s face in the dirt in elementary school, Bill Ward and Geezer Butler that make this album memorable, providing some of the most influential playing of any album, inspiring thousands of musicians in the process.

On the absolute powerhouse of a song "The Warning," Iommi and co. take swing breaking into a rather long jam session before Ozzy returns with his vocals, but by that time you would’ve already forgot that this band had a singer, the music is just so incredible.

"N.I.B" is by far the best song on the album. Geezer Butler starts things off with a little bass soloing before you assaulted by one of the most memorable guitar riffs ever and Bill Ward’s jazz influenced drum playing. Ozzy’s vocals are spot on, probably the best vocal performance of his life. This song basically sums up Black Sabbath’s style in ways that songs like "Iron Man" and "Paranoid" never could. It all ends with an incredible guitar solo by Tony Iommi. There are many incredible guitar solos on this album.

The cover of "Evil Women" is the only track on the album that doesn’t stand up to the rest of the material found on that album, but even in saying that, the other material on this album is so great that you have to expect for them to have a misstep every now and then.

Listen to this album after catching an episode of The Osbournes. It will show you that Mr. Osbourne is well ready for retirement. While some of his work in the 80’s was very worthwhile and some of it even reaching classic status, it never seemed as effortless or sincere as Black Sabbath.




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