180 Gram Vinyl Record
Collector's limited edition 180-gram LP on white vinyl
Reached No. 51 on the Billboard 200 album chart
Black Sabbath is credited with creating heavy metal. The success of their first two albums — Black Sabbath and Paranoid — marked a paradigm shift in the world of rock. Not until Black Sabbath upended the music scene did the term "heavy metal" enter the popular vocabulary to describe the denser, more thunderous offshoot of rock over which they presided. With their riff-based songs, extreme volume, and dark, demonic subject matter, Black Sabbath embodied key aspects of the heavy-metal aesthetic.
Amazingly, Black Sabbath released four genre-defining albums in a two-year period while touring at a ceaseless pace. The group's fifth album, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973), showed further signs of growth and experimentation, and the title track ranks among their finest moments. As a totality, it comes closest to equaling their early masterpiece, Paranoid. However, the demanding pace of the road and various lifestyle excesses began catching up with Black Sabbath by the mid-70s.
The band's second to last album to feature frontman Ozzy Osbourne, 1976's Technical Ecstasy finds the forefathers of heavy metal experimenting with their signature sound by implementing more keyboards, synthesizers and orchestrations. The eight-song set is highlighted by the tracks "Back Street Kids," "All Moving Parts (Stand Still)," "Dirty Women" and even includes a rare lead vocal from drummer Bill Ward on "It's All Right."
|Back Street Kids|
|You Won't Change Me|
|All Moving Parts (Stand Still)|
|Rock 'n' Roll Doctor|