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Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

Type:
Full-length
Release date:
February 13th, 1970
Catalog ID:
VO 6 847 903 VTY
Version desc.:
Gatefold (UK)
Label:
Vertigo Records
Format:
Vinyl
Reviews:
22 reviews (avg. 88%)
Side A
1. Black Sabbath 06:16   Show lyrics
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2. The Wizard 04:24   Show lyrics
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3. Behind the Wall of Sleep 03:38   Show lyrics
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4. N.I.B. 06:06   Show lyrics
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Side B
5. Evil Woman (Don't Play Your Games with Me) (Crow cover) 03:25   Show lyrics
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6. Sleeping Village 03:46   Show lyrics
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7. Warning (Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation cover) 10:32   Show lyrics
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Band members
Tony Iommi Guitars
Geezer Butler Bass
Bill Ward Drums
Ozzy Osbourne Vocals, Harmonica
Miscellaneous staff
Tom Allom Engineering
Barry Sheffield Engineering
Rodger Bain Producer
Marcus Keef Photography
Andy Pearce Re-Mastering (2009)
Tony Iommi Guitars
Geezer Butler Bass
Bill Ward Drums
Ozzy Osbourne Vocals, Harmonica
Tom Allom Engineering
Barry Sheffield Engineering
Rodger Bain Producer
Marcus Keef Photography
Andy Pearce Re-Mastering (2009)
Read Where it all begins 82% Cosmic_Equilibrium August 30th, 2014
Read What is this that stands... 96% Doominance May 24th, 2014
Read In the beginning... 68% Metal_Thrasher90 April 10th, 2014
Read What is this so called... 99% TheZombieXecutioner December 28th, 2012
Read The raw, primordial origins... 70% ConorFynes June 22nd, 2012
Read What is this that stands... 92% autothrall October 30th, 2011
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Read The Greatest Genre Of Music... 94% Luvers666 July 6th, 2007
Read Ahhhhh, Metal. 96% erickg13 December 25th, 2006
Read The first draft of heavy... 89% hells_unicorn October 29th, 2006
Read Black Sabbath 90% Stachu September 22nd, 2006
Read Come To The Sabbath 85% brocashelm April 21st, 2006
Read Genesis 1:1 84% NeonKarma December 29th, 2004
Read Setting The Standard 90% Carnelian September 8th, 2004
Read Quite the album 80% Shadow0fDeath August 24th, 2004
Read Let There Be Heavy Metal 97% Reaper August 11th, 2004
Read What Is This...!? 84% westknife July 23rd, 2004
Read Inconsistent...but... 83% OlympicSharpshooter March 16th, 2004
Read Where it all began 94% radiohater January 16th, 2004
Read Oh so heavy! 94% langstondrive October 8th, 2003
Read Even the first wheel was... 76% UltraBoris August 21st, 2002

Widely regarded as the first ever heavy metal album.

The cover photo was taken in front of Mapledurham Watermill in Oxforshire, England.

The original gatefold vinyl cover displays an inverted cross on the inside. The band members have always maintained that this was done by the record label, without their knowledge or permission.

This got the band some (unwanted) attention by occult groups, and they all wear crucifixes around their necks since to avoid being labelled as Satanists.

"N.I.B." does not stand for "Nativity in Black". It was referring to Bill Ward's facial hair, which looked like a pen nib.

"Evil Woman" and "Warning" are both blues covers, "Evil Woman" originally by the American band Crow (which was why publishing rights prohibited it from being on the American release), while "Warning" was originally by the short lived Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation, in a much shorter form. Ironically enough, Ozzy Osbourne misheard the song and sings "I was born without you baby" instead of "I was warned about you baby", which was the entire basis for the song and reason it was called "Warning".

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 (06:21)
2. The Wizard (04:25)
3. Wasp / Behind the Wall of Sleep / Basically / N.I.B. (09:44)
4. Wicked World (04:47)
5. A Bit of Finger / Sleeping Village / Warning (14:19)

Castle Communications 80's version of the album contain a live version of "Tomorrows Dream" (03:04) as track 8 taken from "Live at Last" live album.

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

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

"Black Sabbath" album was re-released in 2009 as Deluxe Edition.

Disc 1
1. Black Sabbath
2. The Wizard
3. Behind the Wall of Sleep
4. N.I.B.
5. Evil Woman, Don't Play Your Games With Me
6. Sleeping Village
7. Warning

CD 2
1. Wicked World
2. Black Sabbath Minus Rain and with Alternative Lyrics
3. Black Sabbath Instrumental
4. The Wizard With Jocular Banter
5. Behind The Wall Of Sleep With "Dry" Vocal
6. N.I.B. Alternative Mix
7. Evil Woman, Don't Play Your Games With Me With Horns & Flute
8. Sleeping Village Alternative Mix
9. Warning Part 1

Re-released on Super Audio CD by Universal Music Japan at July 31, 2012 with original UK LP track list and without any bonuses.

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