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
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”