There are milestones and then there are milestones of milestones. This, is one of those occurrences my friends. Welcome to the birth of Heavy Metal music because today is the 50th Anniversary of the debut album by the legendary (and now mostly retired) Black Sabbath. That album is their eponymous “Black Sabbath”.
When I first raised a glass to this albums anniversary it was on their 45th of its release and part of me did this with the fact that it was happening on Friday The 13th and the other wondering just how long I was planning on keeping this little website in play. Well, I’m still at it and today is the 50th so I will just work along with some of those five years ago notions, and direct you to that article by saying to click HERE for the fuller overview that I did. I’ll do my best to make a lot of this reflection different from the last one. Continue reading Black Sabbath’s Debut “Black Sabbath”; 50 Years Of Heavy Metal History (1970-2020)→
As everyone prepares for “The Big Game” with Super Bowl LI (which doesn’t mean the game is in Long Island BTW) I am thinking of more important things to my field of interests and a large portion of my mental focus today is the fact that yesterday the mighty Black Sabbath played their last gig ever and has closed their personal book on Heavy Metal history. “The End” is no longer near nor on its way and has instead arrived and passed. Today is the day that founding members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler sit back and rightfully rest upon their laurels and believe me there are many laurels to be sitting on after such a career. I thank them profusely for the just shy of fifty years that Metal music was delivered under the Black Sabbath banner. Of course, we have plenty of others to thank now as well with the original founders closing this historic tome so let’s raise the horns for them as well. The clip below is from the actual final shows ending moments and the images used are from the final show that happened in New Jersey late last year.
To the INCREDIBLE former members of the Black Sabbath lineup both living and deceased such as Bill Ward, Ronnie James Dio, Geoff Nichols, Dave Walker, Craig Gruber, Vinny Appice, Ian Gillan, Bev Bevan, Ron Keel, David Donato, Eric Singer, Dave Spitz, Glenn Hughes, Ray Gillen, Bob Daisley, Tony Martin, Terry Chimes, Jo Burt, Cozy Powell, Laurence Cottie, Neil Murray and Bobby Rondinelli. Some of these folks I never even realized had been members over the years but indeed they have and I thank them for their own offerings to the legendary name. Continue reading “Thank You & Farewell” to Black Sabbath (1968-2017)→
Artist: Black Sabbath Title: “Black Sabbath” Label: Vertigo Records Release Date: 2/13/1970 Genre: Heavy Metal/Blues Hard Rock
I could think of no better present on a Friday the 13th than to share with the heavy music fans of the world the news that Black Sabbath’s own debut (and self-titled) release “Black Sabbath” is having its 45th Anniversary today. The phrase “It Begins Here” was never truer based on so very many listeners viewing this as the crushing beginning of the Heavy Metal sound. It was different from the type of Rock that bands like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Cream had delivered before them and while holding some similar roots in the Blues area with a little more amplitude, the stuff that Sabbath delivered on this debut was much heavier, darker and had numerous ominous and occult references. Just look at how it began in the title track of “Black Sabbath” and you quickly see the sinister tone that the band was out to deliver to their fans and whoever might take a chance on it. Continue reading Black Sabbath’s “Black Sabbath” Debut; 45 Years Of Heavy Metal Influence (1970-2015)→
The Digital Age of Music is going to get a little bit blacker thanks to this news for it seems that at long last the classic catalog of the great Black Sabbath will go digital for the very first time in the United States and be available exclusively on the iTunes Store. The tremendous news was released to fans the other day.
Press Release: Black Sabbath The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1978, go digital for the first time in the U.S. Exclusively on the iTunes store – features all the classic works from the Original Black Sabbath lineup
LOS ANGELES – When Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Terry “Geezer” Butler and Bill Ward formed Black Sabbath in 1969, they created a signature sound that set the blueprint for heavy music and influenced generations of disciples for years to come. For the first time, the full catalog from the original Black Sabbath lineup is now available digitally in the U.S. and has been mastered specifically for iTunes, ensuring the delivery of the music to listeners with increased audio fidelity, more closely replicating what the artists, recording engineers, and producers intended. Available exclusively on the iTunes Store worldwide (www.iTunes.com/BlackSabbath), fans now have the ability to download all albums in one newly created bundle (THE COMPLETE STUDIO ALBUMS 1970-1978), eight legendary studio albums, two classic compilations, or simply purchase each song individually. Continue reading Black Sabbath The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1978: Now Available Exclusively On The iTunes Store→
Here’s a question for the older Metal heads in our readership. Where were you when Black Sabbath’s “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” was released? For the younger set among us, believe it or not, on this day forty years ago, those Masters of Reality delivered their fifth album to the Metal masses and for many this kept the ball rolling strong as Ozzy, Tony, Geezer and Bill continued to prove that this no longer new form of music that bore the title “Heavy Metal” was in some very good hands. According to the bands history, after the tour for “Volume 4”, they would return to Los Angeles but suffer severe road fatigue that kept them from composing any new material. It was not until they returned to the UK and rented out the Clearwell Castle in Glouchestershire, England that the proper mood and atmosphere would for the new albums core would be set in motion. Music fans might find it interesting to learn that Yes’ keyboardist Rick Wakeman appears as a session player on the album as well. It is cited as being perhaps the first of the Sabbath albums to receive positive critical acclaim in the mainstream press. Now I’ll admit that this particular album is not one of my own personal favorites outside of the title track and “Killing Yourself To Live” and since I would get into the band much later than this 1973 release based on my age I feel that this was bound to happen. I think my first Sabbath record was “Paranoid” because I had to learn a number of tracks on the drums for my band (and how many of you can say that very same thing – well the first Sabbath album part is what I meant for the rest of you). Anyway, that said I just wanted to raise a glass of beer and of course the Metal horns for the anniversary.
What does this particular Black Sabbath album mean to you as a Metal fan? Please let me know in the open comments section below because I would love to hear how it affected you.
1. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
2. A National Acrobat
4. Sabra Cadabra
5. Killing Yourself To Live
6. Who Are You
7. Looking For Today
8. Spiral Architect
There is no official “Anniversary Edition” of the release with bonus tracks or the other kind of stuff that one might find on such a release but the material did get a remastering a few years ago and that is linked for you below. Also, since Sabbath has just released a live concert film and audio CD from their recent and sold out reunion tour I have added that in for good measure.