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Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

1970

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Black Sabbath

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Black Sabbath - more like Slack Babbath

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5

yess, instant 5/5. first heavy metal album in history.

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More grooves and toons than I expected but mostly riffs, riffs, riffs, riffs, riffs, riffs, riffs. Not bad in theory but in practise led to me zoning out, making this background music with pretensions. Some humour, musically speaking. How much Ozzy's voices adds to the mix is up for debate. Not so the lyrics. They're dumb as all hell. I'm being stingy with the rating. I feel I've got to protect that second star.

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5

On a monday morning, looking at this album cover, I wish it was October. This is the perfect spooky album opening up quickly with a mention of Satan as this evil vile woman stands in the wood ready to curse an unsuspecting bloke...or maybe she already has? Is she the Wizard? We can't be sure, but the vibe Sabbath put out on this album is insane. The distorted guitar, the harmonica (a devil in disguise type instrument), and I just heard "lucifer" as I write this. I can't imagine how the young and old of America took this album when it came out. Were they scared? Were they repentant? All I know is I'll be coming back to the altar to listen to some of these hellish hits. And in fact, I did, listening to this album again with my brother. I don't know about you, but I'm ready to keep the Sabbath holy.

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5

Love

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Imagine: It is 1970. The heaviest thing you'd ever heard was Jimi Hendrix, maybe a little Blue Cheer if you were really spicy. You're browsing in the record shop and see this spooky looking album with a grainy picture of a woman in a field on it. You buy it out of curiosity, and bring it home. You pop it on to your record player, and are greeted with the sounds of rain. And then, suddenly, thundering guitars, playing an evil riff, with a man yelling at a satanic figure giving him nightmarish visions. Nothing could prepare you for this. It was unlike anything else at the time. And it STILL holds up today.

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The birth of heavy metal. Still finding it's way here but they were blazing a trail afterall. I find Black Sabbath's music to be delightfully heavy and thoroughly enjoyable. Some of the most infectious riffs ever. Love the interplay of guitar and bass. Love the tones. Perhaps the greatest example of a band taking a theme and unintentionally turning it into a whole genre. They tapped into something people didn't even realize they were hungry for. Critics hated it at the time and shit on it. Look at the original reviews of their albums from Rolling Stone and then look at how they then have to flip and eat crow and give their albums like 5 stars and include them in their top albums of all time lists now. To me heavy metal is like comic books, an art form that at the outset was seen as juvenile and crude but has gone on to mature and gain more respect over time (hell, you could say the same if rock and roll itself). And like comic books, I think if you don't get into heavy metal in your youth, it can be harder to find your way into it later in life. Black Sabbath are easily my favorite heavy metal band and the key to unlocking all that came in their wake.

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The birth of a new genre is always something that should be celebrated and listened to. 4.5/5

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5

The first heavy metal album of all time and it's by the Prince of Darkness. All-time great. \m/

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5

Ett mästerverk.

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5 stars obviously c'mon

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5

38min long of solid good

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5

One of the greatest collections of riffs known to man. I don’t have a bad word to say about this album. The highlight for me: Geezer Butler’s intrepid bass lines. This album does not give a fuck what you think about it. Too much reverb? No way, no such thing! Another tempo change? Sure, the more the merrier! Two guitar solos at the same time? Fuck it, why not?!

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5

Surely and factually genre defining. I didn't think metal could hold so much blues influence, but damn they make it work. This album was probably one of my most worth listens and also one of the more intriguing ones. This album resembles the birth of metal and reading about that while blasting these tunes has surely opened the tab on a good and lasting memory

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5

Amazing. One of the most influential albums of all time

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GOAT

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5

Gotta give full 5 star respect to the originators. Great musicians. Must have been wild to hear this the year it came out.

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5

Love Black Sabbath. This is such a great album, and historically very significant as a genre originator. Factoring in historical significance, this is an easy 5 star. The musical talent in the band reinforces that as well. The drumming especially is awesome.

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5

SABBATH!

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5

What a classic!

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5

Fucking sick

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It's the album that gave us heavy metal, what needs to be said? Thanks?

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5

Very excited by the intro. Yeah, really liking this. I can hear how influenced Ty Segall is by Black Sabbath in these songs. Each of these songs are just instantly likable. I don't love the vocals but they aren't unbearable and there are so many redeeming qualities to the music. I was of course aware of Black Sabbath but had never listened to a whole album. I think I'm a new fan. Wow, Wicked World almost sounds like a jazz tune at times. Yeah this album kicks ass. Love the way the songs mesh together. Liked it even better on the second listen, and was better able to appreciate the expressiveness and vulnerability in Ozzy's vocal delivery.

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5

Class 👌🏻

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5

A classic.

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5

Take your 5 stars!

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5

Finally some Sabbath! I actually haven't heard their debut before, but of course I've heard "The Wizard." The lore behind this thing is fascinating. Recorded in twelve hours, with Tony Iommi's plastic fingers forcing the guitar into a dark dimension. Every track on here bangs, I'm stupefied. The jazzy drumming that opens "Wicked World" blew me away. I also love that the version I'm hearing mashes songs together, like someone just found these recordings in a collapsed garage and tried to piece it all together. Not sure what else to say, this is a perfect album. Favorite tracks: The Wizard, Black Sabbath, Wasp/Behind the Wall of Sleep/Bassically/N.I.B. Album art: Love the text, love the colors, and this picture genuinely scares me. I was looking at this last night on my phone and it terrified me, like I was going to see this woman take a few steps toward me or something. 5/5

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5

Classic for a reason. Timeless. Played it twice.

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5

Love it from go to whoa. Bass & slapping drums that fit snuggly, guitar solos that added to the songs.

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5

muy muy muy verga

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5

Heavy metal.

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5

Damn! Everyone kills it in this group. Ozzy is legendary obvi, guitar wails (and solos are much better than van halen imo), bass is dark and rich, and drums take it to the next level. Love NIB, love it all

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5

my favorite songs were the wizard and NIB (but that one is like together with two other songs). i thought the guitar solos were super cool, the lyrics were wild, and i could really see how this changed the course of metal music.

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5

Un disco bestial

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5

Still great. Spent all day listening to Sabbath after

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5

Incredibly enjoyable. Set me down a rabbit hole of listening to loads of their other albums having never listened to them before.

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5

Excellent album - always forget how bluesy early Sabath is - good introduction to Black Sabath for those who aren't massively into heavy metal.

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5

Classic metal album, and my favorite from Sabbath

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5

How many times a band makes a debut like this?

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5

This is the Devil's music. Won't somebody please think of the children??????

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Yeah, ok Sabbath you can have loads of stars.

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The first albums of legendary bands tend to be either disappointing or incredible. Pleasantly surprised to Sabbath falls in the latter camp.

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5

Metal del bueno. Aquí empezó el metal

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5

The album that started heavy metal. Love the rain on the opening track, followed by the haunting riffs.

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5

grande ozzy

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5

The most influential album of all time. It's almost undeniable. Every single metal band can be tracked back to this singular album. The title track is a harrowing descent into occultism, The Wizard is an amazing piece, and the bass throughout the album is incredible. There will never be an album that will change the landscape of music like this one did ever again. Highlights: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

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5

Only thing to really say is, "Sabbath fucking rules." A record that, even over 50 years ago, everyone is trying to clone and improve upon. Delightfully occult, heavy, and just makes you want to headbang. Contains my favorite Sabbath song: "N.I.B.", once described as "the raucous defiling of Cream", a better description I cannot supply. Favorite tracks: "Black Sabbath", "Wasp/Behind the Wall of Sleep/Bassically/N.I.B."

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5

It’s just so good. Not as many “hits” on their debut as say something like Paranoid but still an awesome Moody albums that blends blues rock and psychedelic into something dark, beautiful and new- Heavy Metal. An excellent debut that successfully established the feel of the band with catchy riffs, low growling guitars, and satanic lyricism. Yay!

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5

Hay muchas razones para darle 5 estrellas a este disco: desde las letras, los efectos y overdubbing con la voz, el procesamiento y ensamble que hacen a las guitarras y el bajo que también tiene su buena distor y todo esto en un contexto que en su momento era novedoso y motivo de temor para la gente que los oía por primera vez. Encima, las rolas musicalmente hablando son muy buenas, con esa base de blues pero acelerado y con el volumen alto. En definitiva disfruté tenerlo que oír completo y en orden, porque hace años no lo hacía.

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5

Desde el momento en que de muy pequeño vi este LP en casa de mi abuela me fascinó e intrigó. Era una portada totalmente distinta a los demás como película de horro y... con un vampiro! Cuando por fín lo escuché probablemente entre 11-12 años no hubo marcha atrás. Fue un sonido exactamente como esperaba lúgubre, distinto a cualquier cosa que había escuchado hasta ese momento y que me atraía/asustaba enormemente. A pesar de la cantidad de nostalgia el disco tiene un mérito propio enorme que creo casi nadie puede disputar. Ese inicio y transición de el rock pesado a crear lo que va a ser el metal, la cantidad de influencia que tiene y la inventiva de la banda en toda esa época inicial son innegables. ¿Es un disco perfecto? Seguro hay peros que algunos le pueden poner; se sienten inicios de ese cambio pero también eso lleva a cierta inconsistencia, a ratos se siente demasiado blues, a ratos demasiado rock setentero que se puede sentir muy similar a otras bandas y a ratos se siente esa luz de innovación. Sleeping Village puede ser una canción no tan buena, Warning puede ser demasiado larga, The Wizard suena casi de un disco distinto con su harmónica característica. No importa, son minucias cuando se contraponen con el peso, relevancia y calidad del disco. Esos discos que a pesar de tener más de 50 años han envejecido con la mayor gracia posible. Hay un par de discos de Black Sabbath que se puede alegar son aun mejores pero no se le puede quitar mérito y, aunque pienso que la calificación está más que justificada, tampoco hay forma de quitar mi parte subjetiva en tanto al grado de importancia que tuvo esta banda y este disco en particular en cimentar las bases de todos mis gustos musicales posteriores. No había más que decir, era un 5 cuando vi la portada y después de escucharlo con gusto una vez más después de incontables ocasiones nada cambio.

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5

Yes! This album starts so heavy with the devils chord and it commands your attention. This is a landmark hard rock album and a great one that still holds up. Favorite Tracks: "Black Sabbath" "The Wizard" "NIB"

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Grondlegger van de metal-scene. Nog heel wat rock 'n roll en blues invloeden in dit album, en dit wordt gesmaakt!

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One of the classic great Metal albums, and I've heard it many times before. Though listening this time, several years after the first, I now see the blues influences better. The same kind of driving bass and simple melodies that would go on and become the basis for Funk and Disco. Neat stuff that.

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#5 Black Sabbath was awesome!!! 1st 5 stars!! Music was the kind of stuff I love!!!

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The origin of all things devil-horned \m/

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One of the most important musical albums in people's history! The first "heavy metal" album at all! The sound of the album has got the roots in rock, hard rock, jazz, blues and psychedelia with adding of heavy distortion and creating completely a new genre. It was a starting point of separation heavy metal from "rock and roll" and also a prototype to a lot of future rock musical genres. This album was also credited as the first record in sludge / stoner rock and goth genres. Long guitar solos reminds of progressive metal sound. Also Kurt Cobain wanted Nevermind to sound more like Black Sabbath so this albums also has got an influence to alternative rock and grunge sounds. Completely must listen and must have in collection if you re a fan of hard rock / heavy metal / alternative music!

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5

Wow this fucking slapped hard. MASTAPIECE!

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5

Now here's one I've heard often enough to give it a straight 5 without re-listening, even though it's been quite a while that I last heard it. Of course, I still re-listened and it was a pleasure to do so. Not only was this the album that originated metal music as we know it today, but it has also stood the test of time really well and is still a great album when listened to today. Favorite tracks N.I.B. and Warning

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5

Yes, \_ _/

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This album has one of my favorite songs of all time.

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Legendary guitar riffs

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Pioneros del heavy-metal. Rock con mayúsculas. Inconfundible voz, acordes y estilo.

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Classique! J'adore et ça me rememore plein de souvenirs 5*

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5

Classic down tempo metal!

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Good album. Would rate it 8/10.

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5

Insert Beavis and Butthead head banging here

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5

easy 5

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5/5

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5

A true classic

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5

Oh hells yes.

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5

The album that melted my mind as a child and set me on a path that 40 years later has not disappointed. One of the true GOATS.

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5

One of the most influential albums ever made. An explosive rhythm section, fuzzy guitar riffing and ozzys oddball vocal performance all made for something very distinct in the early 70s, but even thought it's been ripped off a million times and not novel sounding any more the strength of the songwriting still is better than most albums in its genre. The opener is the standout with it's tritone based riff and eerie atmosphere but the groove heavy blues rock of NIB also is incredible. Basically every riff is catchy.

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5

Holy shit, I forgot that this is one hell of an album

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5

Vibes

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5

Pure metal gold

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5

The wonderfully dumb alpha and omega.

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5

Fragen: - Wie kann das Album an einem Tag recordet worden sein und so geil klingen? - Wie kann man Heavy Metal so geil in einem Album ausbauen und manifestieren dass so vieles danach alt aussieht? - Wie kann man gleichzeitig entspannt Doom Metal miterfinden dass dann aber trotzdem wieder 10 Jahre ignoriert wurde? - Wieso wurde die Mundharmonika danach im Metal nicht weiter gebraucht? - Wieso wurde Hair Metal danach so corny? - Wie kann man aus den nichts so mystische (gute) Texte schreiben? Kurz: Safe eins der 10 wichtigsten Alben aller Zeiten. Mit Paranoid dann nochnmal wichtiger und großer. Ich liebe das düstere drückende und die psychdelischen vibes die aus den späten 60ern noch mitschwingen. Einziger Kritikpunkt ist dass das riffing etwas wiederholend ist, gehört aber auch iwie zu dem Trance Zustand dazu. Für meinen persönlichen Geschmack eine 4, hier gebe ich eine 5 (also gebe ich nicht kann ich ja nicht mehr aber ich tu so als wäre das nicht passiert)

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Scheinbar sind auf dem Album nur 5 Wörter die mehr als 2 Silben haben lmao. „Black Sabbath“ ist schon ein krasses Statement für ein Debüt, ahead of its time wird zwar imo ein bisschen inflationär gebraucht, aber hier ist es sicherlich angebracht. Der Opener hat halt quasi Doom Metal begründet, wenn nicht Heavy Metal überhaupt. Man hört noch die Nachklänge von Blues Rock, aber das hier ist definitiv was neues. Mega geil durch und durch wird abgeliefert, die Produktion bringt auch jedes Instrument zum scheinen (Sogar den Bass!). Ich kann gar nichts schlechtes darüber sagen… Außerdem eins der geilsten Covers überhaupt.

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Ein Meisterwerk, das muss so absolut mindblowing gewesen sein damals, den härtesten Song den davor jemals jemand gehört hat war Helter Skelter von den Beatles und dann kommen Black Sabbath einfach mit dieser Teufelsmusik um die Ecke. Ozzys Vocals absolut on Point und bis heute einige der besten Riffs ever auf dem Album. Hat zwar nicht so ikonische Tracks wie Paranoid aber insgesamt als Album einfach von vorne bis hinten perfekt. Funfact Tony Iommi hat irgendwann zwei Finger halb verloren und hatte dann so Plastikprothesen mit denen er die Gitarrensaiten viel krasser ziehen drücken spannen whatever konnte was maßgeblich zu diesem Sound beigetragen hat

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5

5.5…. A classic among classics….16, grade 9, long hair ,army jacket, work boots…teenage angst….what’s not to love…absolutely cherished this album.

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5

O começo do esplendor do metal

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5

Perfection.

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5

OMG, I am so excited! I question the must-hear nature of some album choices, but this is a dead set classic that kicked off a whole genre. Still with reminders that they were, at heart, a heavy blues band, they have descended down a path to a new place. I listen to contemporary stoner metal and doom, and I can hear the direct influence of this seminal work being played today.

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5

Wonderfully heavy. Notes of electric gloom. An acceptance of death.

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5

The first four Sabbath records are flawless. The absolute origin of metal music, their self-titled debut is not only dark, thick, and heavy, but also very playful. So much modern metal forged in the wake of this album is performed by better musicians, but very few exhibit the creativity and willingness to experiment to the extent that Sabbath does here. It's over 50 years and this continues to inspire bands to grab a guitar and stare into the void.

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5

Paranoid will always be the best Sabbath album in my eyes. But Black Sabbath birthed a genre, and their music perfectly captures the atmosphere of Birmingham and their origins. 5/5.

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5

Didn't need to listen to this to give it 5. Did anyway. A fantastic record.

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5

I love Doom, and it is so vital in a Doom fan's knowledge base to have this album.

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5

5/5. 2 legendary 😎🤘

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El començament del rock dur i el heavy metal. En realitat, blues rock dur i fort, acompanyat d'un so primitiu i una producció de mímims, que en aquest cas glorifica la música. Les lletres, la veu d'Ozzy i els efectes sonors fan la resta. A més, conté dos dels grans clàssics del génere i la década, 'N.I.B.' i la mateixa 'Black Sabbath'

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5

Classic. Amazing start to finish.

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5

✊🏻🎧

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The very first heavy metal album - it's a legend!

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5

First time I've heard this album. Thought it was brilliant. Loved the sound. to think this was out at the end of the 60's

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5

I love evil music! I want to listen to music that would get me burned at the stake in the 15th century! The spooky Halloween atmosphere is awesome, too bad it's May right now. Full of bangers - the title track is a contender for best metal song of all time. "N.I.B." was sick, so was "The Wizard". I gotta say, thanks for using the harmonica in its intended form - a horror instrument. Take notes, Bob Dylan - I don't want to hear your screeching piece of rusty metal in an otherwise beautiful song. The harmonica is a demonic instrument that summons demons.

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5

Místico, con buenos riffs y métricas. Buenas notas de blues y pentatonicas

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5

Definitely not as concise as their subsequent albums, but I love it anyway. Not a 5/5 compared to their own discography, but I say it's a 5/5 on this 1001 list Full of killer, catchy riffs

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5

Excellent premier album qui lance encore un fois un nouveau courant. La voix d’Ozzy n’est parfaite ni la plus belle, mais elle est bien originale et sert bien le groupe. Ce n’est pas mon meilleur du groupe, mais tout de même un essentiel à connaître.

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5

It starts with the "diabolus in musica" tritone. It's the first heavy metal album. It's a sweeping roller coaster mixing blues-inspired evil riffs and haunted vocals. Toni Iommi makes the best of his guitar playing abilities, favoring evocative suspensions and sudden maniacal bursts. Ozzy Osbourne howls (unintentionally) funny lyrics once in a while, but most of the times what he howls about is on point to suggest the necessary ambiance. And this impulsive studio performance of all four members is the first of a handful that left their stamp on the history of rock. To put it in a nutshell, it's a stone-clod classic. Number of albums left to review or just listen to:  more than 900, I've temporarily lost count here Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens:  approximately a half so far (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: a quarter Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): the last quarter

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5

What a terrific album. It's so important to metal as a genre and it's great to listen to. People like to rag on Ozzy for his voice but I think his voice has a lot of character. It's just a classic. Always will be.

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5

I've never really listened to Black Sabbath before and this was a great introduction to the band. I just love that late 60s early 70s blues rock sound. The guitar tones just tickle me in the right way. Yeah it's a lot of extended solos and guitar noodling, but I enjoy it. Gonna be putting this into the rotation for sure.

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4

This is a good enough album, I know first heavy metal album yadda yadda, but paranoid is where they really took off. This stuff is a bit softer, a bit more Zeppelin kinda style, which Zep did way better imo. Still, some of it is still pretty fkn cool. The title track is the best by far here. 4/5.

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4

im pretty tired while writing this and my brain is a tiny bit fried from having to do school for the first time in months this morning + having to get up rly early + finishing a song. albums cool. it has good vibes. guitar tone is sick but a couple of the songs arent super great. evil woman is "boring lame hard rock" personified. last song kind of derails halfway through and doesnt pick back up again until near the end. mostly really sick though.

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4

Unfortunately wasn't a huge fan of the last song, but the rest was good. I can always throw some love for solid guitar work. Overall I enjoyed it and understand why it made the list.

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4

I knew I would enjoy this album if only because it's been ages since I was served a legit rock album. What I wasn't prepared for, for some reason, was the level of musical skill on display. This is (checks notes) their first album and they're all playing like seasoned veterans. Really impressive chops. It does get docked one star because of the cheesy, try-hard, "ooh, we're so scary" lyrics.

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4

Pretty good stuff

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4

Not their masterpiece but this was super cool to listen to

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4

Hyvää rockia! Nelonen on aavistuksen yläkanttiin, eli 3,8* olis oma arvio.

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4

Did like it, unfortunately the first song was the best since it was much more dark and mysterious than the rest, the others were almost normal blues rock

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4

Heel nice, zou ik vaker luisteren complexe rock beetje led zepplin achtig maar dan beter. 7.5/10

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4

Everything was nice, except the first song

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4

This album obviously marks the birth of heavy metal and countless other genres and is very good by itself. Some moments sound very ahead of its time while others are still raw and untrained and sound like four 15 year olds in a garage.

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4

Solid album. Some outstanding tracks

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4

Solid album. Start of heavy metal. Missing 2 songs on spotify which was disappointing.

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4

Great album

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4

3.5

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4

Excellent album pour amateur de heavy metal.

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4

Intro to N.I.B is nuts

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4

Favorites: Black Sabbath, Behind the Wall of Sleep, N.I.B, Evil Woman, Wicked World, Warning Recognized as the album that birthed heavy metal. 'Black Sabbath' track is considered to be the first doom metal song.

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4

The sort of music I was warned against as a kid as demonic! That cover art is great. Haven't heard all of the tracks except The Wizard, Wasp, never knew it was Sabbath actually. Also forgot Ozzy Osbourne was the singer in Sabbath. First one starts very Sludge/Doom Metal (was a genre born from this single song?). Second is much more up-beat... by metal standards. The entire album reminds me of growing up and hearing the bus drivers play "Laser 101.7" on the radio (Rochester classic rock station). Rest is pretty typical Sabbath, but I enjoyed it. I think the shortness of this album helps it actually, a preview of what's to come. 3.5 up to 4.

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4

Did not expect to enjoy it - but I did!

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4

cool

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4

also cool

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4

No me gusta el metal y así con todo es un puto discón

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4

Much better than I expected.

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4

Sonically interesting. I see why people call it the first heavy metal album and now thinking about it can hear its influence elsewhere.

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4

Iconic album not their best tho 3.9

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4

I'd not heard much of Black Sabbath but this was pretty darn good. Really got into "Warning". Opening track was also very cool.

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4

Classic. Probably my favorite BS album. 9/10 1. NIB 2. Black Sabbath 3. Warning

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solid

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I mean, arguably the first heavy metal album, gotta be considered a classic! Got that brooding sound. Pushed blues rock into true heaviness. There's fairly juvenile songs about wizards and the occult, so it's really laying down some genre foundation stones... Fave track - "Black Sabbath" - the first doom metal song! And doom metal, imho, is the finest of the metals! 🤘

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Yep, that’s Black Sabbath.

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It doesn't reach the peaks of its successor, but I think this is a more consistent album throughout. The back half is surprisingly good, and includes a gosh dang jawharp. Hell it gets bluesy towards the end.

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Like the Mario Bava film this album takes its name from this is Terror at it's finest, lavish and full of ethereal doom. Both heavy and trance like. The album transports one to a gorgeous landscape marred by evil spirits which lurk across the land colours saturated by moonlight and the dripping of red blood. But imthere's also whimsy, creative minds unmoored by societal expectation. The birth of doom. Of heavy metal. The fact that paranoid was recorded less than a year afterward is a true wonder.

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Álbum fundacional del heavy metal, no llega a las cotas de los dos siguientes discos del grupo pero, es un clásico que debe estar en esta lista.

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Like Cream, but way better!

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I liked this album but Paranoid was way better

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yeah, cool

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Classic!!

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4.3 - Raw and restrained. A tight, heavy sound with melodic guitar lines and Ozzy’s towering voice. Loads of swagger by a band that already felt comfortable exploiting silence to draw out the power in their arrangements.

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Czorny sabat, czyli jeden z bandow kucowego podziemia, ktore razem z AC/DC i Ledem Zeppelinem sa czczone jako bogowie rocka lamanego przez hardego rocka, debiut czarnego sabata zmienil to jak ludzie przdakaja w gitarki po dzis dzien i uzywaja aluzji i metafor zwiazanych z panem ciemnym, ktore staly sie stalym elementem kultury kucowatej, hajlajtami albumiku sa dla mnie openingowy kawalek o nazwie takiej samej jak albumik i band oraz N.I.B, strasznie klimatycznie wypadaja wokale ozzbornowe, moje ulbuione wokale mainstreamowego twardego rokowania

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Fire

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Good álbum

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So good! Awesome gat. surprised I like this so much. Very Zep. Harmonica in The Wizard Bass in Evil Woman

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A lot more progressive and inventive than I thought. And great rhythm section.

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But, what's Kelly Osbourne up to these days?

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Ozzy Osbourne and I were roommates back when we played for the Aston Villa under 12s. I taught him how to bite the heads off bats and he taught me how to take successful panenka penalties. If you'd have asked us back then, we'd have both said that Ozzy would go on to have a fairly noteable football career and that I would become the prince of darkness. What a turnaround. I also used to regularly finger Sharon.

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Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Black Sabbath, The Wizard, Wasp/Behind the Wall of Sleep/Bassically/N.I.B./Wicked World Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: I don't know if this list has broadened my horizons or if this album really is that different from Paranoid, but I MUCH preferred this one. I'll be reappraising my 2 for Paranoid later, but I really liked this album. I don't get why they decided to combine multiple songs together, would've liked it even more if I could listen to just certain parts of the two ~10 minute songs. A 4.5 that I'll round to a 4 because I'm trying to avoid score inflation and I didn't ADORE this album, but damn this was a good album. Cut like 3 minutes off that last song and it's a 5.

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Happily stick this on speakers while out in the garden on a hot day with an alcoholic beverage

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I feel like I am in a cult

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Heavy heavy sound. Ozzys voice is well ozzy

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Actually surprisingly good. I had listened to it a while ago and wasn't that fond of it, but I really likes it upon listening to it another time.

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-Early influence of modern metal heard in distorted guitar -Building drums, dope guitar solo in self titled track -Distorted riffs like modern metal, unique tracks -Wall of sleep remaster badly mixed -Aged well

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Good rocker from 1970. While not my cup of tea, certainly was classic and enjoyable

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If 'Black Sabbath' and 'N.I.B' weren't on this album it would be a good proggy, guitar focused rock album. Enjoyable but forgettable. But they are on this album, (plus the album cover looks like it does), so 60 years later teenagers still listen to metal in their bedrooms. It's like listening to the first monkey who discovered how to make fire. 4/5 for just those songs alone.

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goat

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Sometimes a little funky, sometimes a little jazzy. You can hear the birth of a genre here, and it’s really exciting because it’s free form and fun.

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4.1/5 loved it early ozzy and the boys. Very heavy and dark. Metal as it gets

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I appreciate the idea of this album, but I can take it in small doses only.

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Great album, you can hear how their sound will develop into Paranoid from this.

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Sabbath is Sabbath. Paranoid and Vol.4 are my favourites, but still awesome.

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Quite good rock music. The first one was sampled by Ice T, which I didn't know until I heard this.

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Great guitar tone. Does not feel particular dated despite being released over 50 years ago. Can definitely hear their influence in moderate rock bands

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good

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Not quite the same heights as Paranoid, but still a metal classic that was way ahead of its time.

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Good Riffs. I really like Ozzys voice. This album is the start of a great band and a new music era. (7/10) Favorite Tracks: Black Sabbat, N.I.B, The Wizzard

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Better than paranoid, but way more chill. They've sorted out their echo based recording method too, still not a 5 though

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It was great; Sure at times it may be nothing to write home about, but all songs were still interesting in their own right. Their sound was pretty unique at the time, and I feel like this albums captures it well. Although their next album would become their hit, this one is worth a listen as well. Favorite track: Wicked World

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Solid. classic

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Lo que más me impresiona de este disco es que aún sonando como lo que hoy conocemos como metal, no deja de sonar super setentero. Claramente es música de la época pero aún así suena distinta. Hasta dentro de los que piensan distinto, hay gente que piensa distinto y ellos son la prueba, guitarras más graves, temas oscuros y místicos y pese a ser criticado en la época la gente lo consumió. No todo podía ser amor y paz, también hay espacio para espantarnos y tener miedo y qué mejor que hacerlo con los solos de Iommi y la voz de Osbourne. 4.5 Songs: Evil Woman, The Wizard, NIB

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Pretty timeless, lyrics are a little wonky but the energy is infectious

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Black Sabbath & wasp/behind wall/bassically all really good. Album didn’t disappoint

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Black Sabbath is the bridge between hard rock and heavy metal, and you've got to say that most metal today as it currently exists wouldn't have been possible without this album. Even for something from 1970, this thing just goes so damn hard. The guitars are saturated, the drums crash like a mother, and Ozzy singing about Satan 'n' Shit™️ is just so much fun. You can hear all of the bluesy influences in this too which are sometimes less pronounced in their later stuff. With the tracks being as long as they are, some of them start to drag a touch for me and get a bit meandery ("Warning" springs to mind) - but overall, deadly album.

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buen álbum

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The more I hear this one the more I like it. Second Listen. 4/5. Black Sabbath. Evil Woman. The Wizard. NI.B.

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A great sound and ozzy's voice is absolutely perfect for this heavy sound. Though it struggles a bit when it hits Wicked World and the last track, the beginning of this album is amazing.

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Black Sabbath, right? Bats! Satan! Ozzzzzzy! Sharon, Kelly, Jack and that one who only ever appeared as a blur of pixels getting something out of the fridge! Never been much more than a joke band to me, which is unfair because this album is really pretty badass. Still sounds fresh, amazingly, and I am not the kind of rockist beard-stroker who says that about every piece of vinyl pressed before 1980.

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Much more blues forward than I'd expected which lent itself to the darker macabre spendidly.

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Roots of metal

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Classic! Första heavy metal-albumet. En genre jag annars inte är bevandrad i, och inte känner någon större dragning till, men det går inte att inte älska Black Sabbath. Första låten, Black Sabbath, är så skrämmande och ondskefullt-låtande det blir i musikväg. Resten av albumet håller högre tempo, men behåller de TUNGA riffen, TUNGA basslingorna. Ozzys lätta, genomborrande sång. Briljant. Gillar speciellt N.I.B., både basintrot och gitarrsolot. Och resten. Allt är bra. Bästa låt: Black Sabbath från albumet Black Sabbath av Black Sabbath.

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OK, I was expecting the worst, but actually I liked this. A lot. More Led Zeppelin / Blues Rock than I was expecting, catchy tunes - and out less than a year Abbey Road which i'd just finished - amazing comparison of the era. Solid.

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The advent of doom metal. Black Sabbath adds minor scale melodics to a blues rock structure to create something new and ominous in this 1970 release. It's interesting to think about his album in context with other releases around that time. Truly nothing sounded like this. The longer experimental pieces (there are only five songs) are surprising digestible and must have been mind blowing at the time.

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Люблю их, но под настроение

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Heavy metal has never been a key genre for me, though I had a cheap double length cassette copy of We Sold Our Soul etc. as a teen that I played literally to death. The first album is clearly groundbreaking, and there’s a charm (if one isn’t too steeped in humorless religiosity) to the “just literally satan,” completely unsubtle, occult angles.

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I liked parts of it. 7/10

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I didn't listen to this on the Thursday it was planned for, because essentially I was too tired to handle it. So glad I saved it for a day I was less tired and could appreciate it better. Actually really enjoyed it - obvs not something I would listen to on the regs but cannot appreciate that this was v good music

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Lots of throwback sounds and visuals of young Black Sabbath evolving the precedent sound established by blues and rock pioneers before them.

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High quality early metal. As with most Sabbath, there are a few modern covers that are more compelling, but this still stands up.

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Classic album. Loved it, as always.

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Good stuff

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Pretty good

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The dawn of heavy metal, ozzy, and all the rest. An interesting album as you can feel the blues and jazz elements, and they are starting to transition into something HEAVIER. Awesome piece of musical history.

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I really enjoyed this. And it's actually pretty blues-based.

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What terrifying cover art. N.I.B. is a standout favourite. Great melodic arrangements throughout, while also making me want to... Rock out?

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It was hard and heavy and dark, and it was great. This one felt a bit more cohesive than the last one, and seemed like it had more of a consistent theme to it. Favourite Tracks: The Wizard, A Bit of Finger/Sleeping Village/Warning

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Really dug this vibe, very good album all around

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A few good songs, but hard for me to enjoy casually. Really need to be in the mood for it :/

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(Frühe) Black Sabbath halt.

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Reminded me of the sound/looseness of the Stooges second album. Standouts were the longer medley tracks, really groovy/heavy listen

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The Beginning ....

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I Enjoy Sabbath a lot, This isn't my favorite by them. But there is something innately classic to me about it. So influenctial and man, the fucking riffs. Ozzys voice is absolutely iconic as they come. Mix that with some very early on vague Satanism and a badass album cover and you really got something cool as fuck.

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Ground breaking. Hard to believe it was recorded in the 60s. Changed metal fo sho.

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First heavy metal album Aside from a few distinctive traits, you wouldn't consider it a metal album Still solid

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I got to photograph Tony Iommi (and Geezer Butler) when they toured as Heaven and Hell with Ronnie James Dio doing that era of Sabbath songs. Standing in right in front of Iommi for a few songs and watching him play really close-up and seeing how much the crowd absolutely adored him was one of life's great moments. Dio was pretty great too I saw Sabbath with Ozzy on their last tour (as ever via a last minute ticket fire sale for a seat towards the very back of the Entertainment Centre because I'm such a cheapskate), and it was so much better than I ever expected it could be (the reason why I left it so late on deciding whether to go). There's good stuff on most of the Sabbath albums, irrespective of who's singing, but those first two albums are really all you need.

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Muito bom.

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The opener Black Sabbath is the most evil this band has ever sounded and is the first doom song ever written. After that incredible opener we have a few great songs (like N.I.B.) and one or two lesser ones (like the cover "Evil Woman") On a seven song album it's just a little too much up and down to be a 5* album, but the dark blues-rock combined with the major influence this has had in retrospect makes this highly enjoyable. 4 1/2*

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Hätte nicht erwartet dass ich einem Metal album hier die erste 4-Sterne Bewertung geben würde, da das Genre eigentlich zu großen Teilen gar nicht mein Fall ist. Black Sabbaths Debut hat mich aber sehr positiv überrascht und ist wohl deutlich besser gealtert als andere Metal alben die weit später rauskamen. Besonders krass fand ich den Opener mit seinem doom metal sound, etwas was ich als jemand der nichts mit Metal am Hut hat gar nicht in der Zeit verortet hätte. Ein möglicher Grund, warum mir dieses Album entgegen aller Erwartungen so gefällt, mag sein, dass sich der ganze "Schockfaktor" des Genres sowohl in Sound als auch Ästhetik im Laufe der Jahre zu einem für mich persönlich teilweise unerträglichen Maße verstärkt hat. Ein frühes Metal Album wie dieses erhält dadurch den selben Charme wie alte Horror Filme: aus heutiger nicht mehr wirklich gruselig oder schockierend, aber gerade dadurch unterhaltsam als eine fast schon cartoonhaftige Vorstellung des Bösen, sie lässt einen die Ästhetik des Schauderns genießen ohne selbst in die eigentlich unwohlsame Lage des Schaudern zu geraten.

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Super Album, super gealtert, find vor allem die basslines geil. Ohne Black Sabbath gäbs das Doom Genre nicht also put some respecc on em

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Richtig geil hätte nicht erwartet dass ich das gut finde aber die Songs bangen extrem und diese langen Riffs die sich anfühlen wie zäher Teer der auseinander gezogen wird sind extrem gut. Dazu die melodiösen Passagen und der goofy Gesang von Ozzy harmonieren richtig gut und kreieren einfach ein starkes Gesamtbild. Schön auch noch so 60s Rock Einflüsse zwischen drin zu hören (psych rock? Hippies Rock? Ka wie man das nennt), was ja Sinn macht wenn es quasi das erste Album seiner sparte war, aber das gibt dem ganzen einen besonderes Vibe. Hat Spaß gemacht!

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Black Sabbath are surely cited more than any other band as the original heavy metal rockers. Together, they prove that heavy metal isn't just a sound or a way of playing: its a whole outlook, from morbid fascination with the occult to the urge to unsettle and provoke. Today, Sabbath seem to be as much associated with this dark, gothic image as their actual music- it's a shame, because I'd forgotten how brilliantly the players in the band gel. Doom-laden as it is, their debut album is stacked with musicianship that has aged much better than their image. "Black Sabbath", on "Black Sabbath", by Black Sabbath, is a grinding, deliciously ominous introduction to the band: slowly emerging from a raging storm and a tolling bell, Iommi's iconic guitar seeps through until the song is brimming with a deadly atmosphere. Yes, it may seem a little quaint now (was the tritone interval really the mark of the devil, or was that just a myth started by middle-grade music teachers?). But it's a stunning build-up, even with Ozzy Osbourne's hammer horror performance over the top (climaxing with a laughable, "Oh God, no!"). Although he was undoubtedly a magnetic presence in live performance, Ozzy Osbourne actually comes across as the weakest link for me on record. The interplay between Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward is worth the price of admission alone as they tear up some blistering riffs, constantly shifting grooves and accomplished basslines. "The Wizard"'s riff is the best one on the album, punctuated by splendid use of harmonica. The band aren't afraid to switch up to keep things fresh, and there's a lot more musical innovation and variation going on here than I'd expected. The drums cycle between different grooves with glee- the moment we suddenly launch into a swung beat in the last minute of "Black Sabbath"! The veering between a lilting 3/4 in "Behind the Wall of Sleep"! The band even turn "Sleeping Village"- the album's only instrumental - into one of its highlights. Despite taking a lot of twists and turns, this track remains interesting, even captivating. And crucially, when it counts, the guitar, bass and vocal line all lock into unison to underscore the menace behind a song's central riff (see the propulsive power of "NIB"). Things take a disappointing turn away from their unique (by 1970's standards) doom metal in the second half of the album. Aside from the excellent "Sleeping Village", the album's second half offers up the straight-lace, a-bit-too-ordinary-blues-rock "Evil Woman", and the meandering "Warning". The ten minute track has its moments, but feels much more like a live piece given full indulgence in the studio without being clipped down. Again though, they are saved by the instrumental performances. I enjoyed this one much more than I thought, on account of the power of the instrumental performances and appreciating how bracingly out-of-step Sabbath were with the rest of the music scene in 1970. They have stood the test of time by practically launching a new genre, and for me still stand as one of the very best examples of it being done well.

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A good first album. I can see how it leads into Paranoid. Overall 4/5 because I like N.I.B.

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Great. Heavy, but not too heavy. Only wish it was longer.

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Overall pretty solid, I liked it. Again, I just wish that the tracks were separated but oh well. My favorite track was probably Black Sabbath. Overall pretty solid and I enjoyed listening to it.

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Heavy!

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The origins of metal. Some dark rock’n’roll here… pretty damn good!

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Blues, hard rock

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Apart from the hits, I never really picked up on Black Sabbath - I think the whole 'Keeping Up With The Osmonds' MTV nonsense kinda put me off Ozzy as a musician - "they're all fookin' mad!" Turns out is a decent album, quite enjoyed it. Dark, heavy, moody and introspective - will revisit.

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Very good

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Never knew I liked Black Sabbath. This era at least. This rocked

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Didn't realize I would like this so much. Ozzy's not great at singing but he is a great singer. and holy cow the guitar licks. And from a leftie no less.

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Great one, I mean it’s not Zeppelin but you know… Ozzy’s voice was great back in the day huh?

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Great metal album, some insane guitar parts and I really embrace the dark magic vibe! Fav tracks were black sabbath and evil Woman

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zeer goed, vol4 was beter maar ga deze zeker nog luisteren

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REALLY enjoyed the sound although the vocals, lyrics, and track length was not my favorite

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My 100th review! And it's for a good album! Rather a nice coincidence. I only really got into Black Sabbath in my 30s; beforehand, I just unconsciously assumed that I didn't need to devote any time to listening to it. I guess I had become weary of metal in my twenties, not least because moshers seemed wilfully monocultural in their dismissal of all other genres. Still, by 35 I had repented and Black Sabbath became dear to my heart. So I am already well-disposed to this record. The opening, The imaginatively titled Black Sabbath, by Black Sabbath from the album Black Sabbath, is one of the great calling cards by a band; indeed, at the very least it makes the band's name clear. It also demonstrates the great originality of Black Sabbath, namely Tommy Iommi's riffs and Ozzy Osbourne's vocals. Famously, Tommy Iommi lost the tips from two fingers from an accident at the sheet metal factory where he worked (it was his last day and all). Making a virtue from necessity, Iommi almost unthinkingly developed a wholly new sound to accommodate his circumcised hand, fretting chords and detuning his guitar as these were easier on his poor fingers. The result was the heaviest noise yet conceived. As for Ozzy, "singer" is not the word. "Interpreter" is far more suitable. A troubled youth with a Beatles obsession (he avowedly idolises Macca), Ozzy's vocals shouldn't make sense (he has a Brummie accent for God's sake, objectively by far the worst accent across the whole of the United Kingdom), but it turned out he matched this dark, arcane music perfectly by dint of his instinctive ability to howl unearthily. Oddly, not many metal bands have sought to follow Ozzy's untutored vocal (lack of) technique, preferring singers that know how to show off their range. Punk was seemingly more sympathetic to the parable of Ozzy; it's not that far a distance from Ozzy Osbourne to John Lydon and Mark E. Smith. This is to punk's credit. Black Sabbath's debut album is not perfect. The best songs (Black Sabbath, N.I.B.) are visionary and enthralling, but the covers on the album, while not bad, are not essential; the closer and cover Warning in particular drags for 10 minutes. You're here to hear Black Sabbath be Black Sabbath, not an everyday blues-rock band. You want Satanic wails and anti-hippy gothic heft, not a Cream impersonation. In other words, four stars, with future albums promising 5. Anyway, with 100 album, allow me to take stock. The only album whose rating I'd change is Frank Ocean's Channel Orange, taken down from 4 stars to 3; imagining a time-travelling Cleopatra deciding to become a stripper just smack as silly sausage, not hypnagogic. I'm very chuffed with my choices for 5-starrers, and it's only Dire Straits' debut that I'd lift out of the 1-star oubliette (only to two stars; it's not a good album, but it's not a catastrophe like the others). The best discovery I have made is Gillian Welch's Time (The Revelator), the best album so far is between Never Mind the Bollocks and Unknown Pleasures, and the worst album by a distance of several parsecs is, of course, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. The biggest lesson I have learnt on this quixotic journey is that a decent, intelligently deployed sense of humour can elevate an album to the highest echelons, but nothing is more painful than bad comedy. Also, when are we going to get an edit function? I wince at every typo I have made.

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Liked this a lot. 4 for now, but I think it might turn into a 5 on repeated listens.

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Black Sabbath from the album Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath is the best Black Sabbath song from Black Sabbath discography. 5/7/2022

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They did several better but still seminal. Not that I play it much.

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Picks up towards second half, bluesy and reminds me of a heavier darker LZ1

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Tomorrow I have an old friend visiting me in my new hometown for the first time. Yesterday I was looking at a map reviewing walking routes to see the things I want to show him. I noticed there is a new "Black Sabbath Bridge" which was dedicated in 2019. So I've been thinking about Black Sabbath and it made me happy to have this album come up for me today. The Wikipedia entry on this album is well worth a quick read. They mention "the bleak industrial nightmare" of the group's hometown, Birmingham, England. Although I'm glad I didn't grow up here in the 70's, Birmingham is actually a pretty fascinating place. The industrial revolution initially started in this area making Birmingham a center of manufacturing for the next 100+ years. JRR Tolkien grew up here and The Shire is Birmingham, both at the beginning of the series (his idyllic childhood memories) as well as after Saruman's Scouring of the Shire at the end (bleak industrial nightmare). This area also gave us another bloke with occasional middle earth vibes, Robert Plant. Interestingly, Tolkien was alive for the debut albums of both Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. I wonder what he thought. Anyway, great album, two thumbs up.

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Not bad for an album that was recorded in 2 days and cost 600 punds to make!

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First time listening to Black Sabbath and i like it, im not really into these genre, but this group has something that get me

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Classic

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Happy 50th bday to metal. Still real good

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It ok

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okay, not as metal as I had assumed

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Never listened listened to Sabbath other than what you get culturally and was pleasantly surprised. I love how two of my fav songs on the album aren't on spotify atm... (sleeping village and warning -- on youtube tho). I can finally say yes Ive listened to Black Sabbath and am therefore ~cultured~

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I can appreciate the quality of the album but it's not exactly my taste of music

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Old school metal.

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Hörte ich erstmals 2020 und fand sie nicht ganz so gut wie die Paranoid oder die Master Of Reality, hatte allerdings seinerzeit ihren Einfluss als den Metal begründendes Werk gar nicht zu würdigen gewusst. Sehr gute 3 Sterne.

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Black Sabbath and N.I.B are good tracks

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Meh, interesting but messy

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clasico favs warning y NIB

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Guitar is kinda cool sometimes, but not my style overall.

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Music music music. Stop. Sing some words. Music music.

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Not the biggest fan of BS. I like the album Paranoid more.

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Its a classic but kind of dark for me.

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Meh

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I'm a fan of Black Sabbath but this one is missing a lot that I enjoy. Some of it is still there, but doesn't make me super happy like I thought it would.

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Disco de currículum

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Some good stuff on here, but a few of the songs were almost laughably bad. Borderline silly sounding.

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Sounds like Sabbath but a little too Zeppelin for me to praise. But a great album nevertheless.

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Close to 4 stars, but just below it. Good album.

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This was good. Nice to have some heavier stiff on the list. That guitar sound is pretty alright.

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Enjoyed this, my Dad owned it but only ever listened to a few tracks, solid 3.5

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Old heavy metal. It's alright. Short album with one long song at the end. 6/10.

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regular

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Highlight: N.I.B. (Note: several of these tracks are not available on Spotify or Apple Music, making it difficult to judge the entirety of this album) An early effort from who would soon be rock legends, Black Sabbath establishes their unmistakably Sabbath sound and will be built on and celebrated for decades to follow.

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It’s hard to believe this album was released just a few months before their opus, Paranoid. It is much more raw, bluesy & the arrangements aren’t as tight. Very representative of the late sixty’s jams. Iommi’s riff-heaviness and reverb on solos gives us a glimpse of what was a few months away.

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Production: 12/20 Songwriting: 9/20 Innovation: 13/20 Bangers: 5/20 Emotional response: 11/20 =50 Yeah didn’t hate it didn’t love it - it was fine

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Not as hard as I was expecting

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Crazy music… But love the album cover more

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oooh yeeeeaaaaah is ozzys version of Robert Plants Baby baby baby. does it a lot, either that or its the lasting imprint of the album on me. fairly average album. pretty mad to think that this was the starting point for the madness that is modern metal.

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First album, released the same year as paranoid. Very different to their other stuff, still some real decent tracks tho. More bluesy, less heavy. 3/5

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not my thing, that's all

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Headbanging in places, surprisingly catchy in others. Mostly it just dirged out. Look, I get why it’s here, and you can hear the seeds of whole genres decades before they became fully fledged... but it’s a bit of a drag to actually listen to.

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Really fun (listening to this makes me smell sweat and beer when neither of those things are nearby), but I've never really been a Sabbath fan.

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Sounds like a horror movie soundtrack. Sick thick guitar tones. Can definitely tell it’s their first album.

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It's OK - definitely a "jam" album...might be nice for spacing out/chilling but not particularly well suited for "active" listening

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nisam, po sjećanju

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Općenito sam uvijek htio preslušati njih, ali je to sve bilo nešta aljkavo, ne sjećam se baš, nekako mi ostanu zaboravljivi. I evo sada taman na ovaj šugav dan gdje vjerujem da bi album trebao pasati, preslušavam. Dakle, album kao album dobar, sviđa mi se to, al trebaš biti u tom raspolaženju. Nisam neki fan heavy metala (iako ovo nije toliko heavy), al za tako nešta, sasvim uredan i dobar album. Ako ovo nije 5/5 kasno jesenski cover, onda ne znam. Album je 3.5/5

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So good I had bat for tea

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Enjoyable album of early hard rock, metal. Prefer this kind of Black Sabbath over their popular hits. A bit more raw. Songs are long and change up a bit which is unique. Slightly above average for me. 7.1/10

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It was alright. I do like the guitar instrumentals and heavy rock/metal sound.

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I think the album can get a bit samey, and not all tracks hit. But the tracks that do well are great.

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I was on tumblr and the album finished and I didn't notice until the first song had already played again

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Regarded as the first heavy metal album, this is a shredder. The lyrics focus on the dark, storytelling perspective that would be a theme with metal. Iommi and Butler are the standouts here, Ozzy's voice never gained traction with me, but this iteration seems less 'Ozzy Inc™' than in his later years.

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not their best work

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It was alright, but not as good as i had expected

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Снова ситуация, когда нам дают альбом не за проверку временем, а за его инновативность на момент выхода. в целом я не против, но опять же, если уже есть параноид, который мелодичнее, тяжелее, более цепляющий и просто лучше - так ли важно знакомиться с зачатками всех этих качеств на дебютнике? ИМХО - нет. Для себя на данном альбоме ничего нового не услышал, эпохальныхриффов не завезли, те что есть - немного сырые и неубедительно сыгранные. звук отстроен странно - в первой песне почему-то гитара одна и отведена влево (хуевое решение, право всегда более тащит), но в остальных вполне себе присутствуют стереопара с двух сторон, ну то есть они знали, что так можно делать, че в первой-то забили. В песне N. I. B., вероятно, самый годный риффак и охуенное бассовое интро, но при этом когда оно заканчивается и начинается дисторшн-басс - он звучит просто отвратительно, как зубами по жестяному ведру. Тексты какой-то херковский дроч на гот-эстетику, ничего информативного и бесконечного-вечного не несут. Каверы - это отдельная тема. Evil Woman звучит, конечно, прикольно, но ощущается полнейшим рассинхроном с основным тоном пластинки, непонятно нахуя оно здесь вообще (на параноиде, кстати, больше бы зашло наверн, там и сама заглавная песня чем-то похожа). А Warning - это продолжание традиций ебучих Кинг Кримзон, которые были уверены, что имеют право на студийном альбоме останавливать песню и 5 минут вяло ковырять свои инструменты, издавая рандомные унылые ноты. Хронометраж в 10 минут абсолютно не оправдан, хотя где-то в ядре композиции находиться вполне себе годный песняк. ну я лично оцениваю такой экспириенс в 6/10, не думаю, что каждый человек обязательно должен это послушать

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Short and sweet with some well-crafted songs, but not as epic as I was epxecting.

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This was way bluesier than I expected it to be, but still very Sabbath. You can definitely hear the beginnings of the much “heavier” music they would start recording after this. To be honest, the worst part of BS for me was always Ozzys voice - it just kinda rakes on me. This album was much more about the music, and his vocals were less prominent. They sounded much more like an early-70s band. I dug it.

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I'm not sure, in all of the iconic rock riffs created in the wake of this record (by Sabbath and everyone that followed), if any are more iconic than on the opening track "Black Sabbath." Ozzy's vocal is perfect for the song. I can't imagine being a Beatles fan and thinking "Man, Helter Skelter really rocks" in 1968 and then having my mind blown by this less than two years later. I love Black Sabbath. The band, the record, and the song. But Black Sabbath, ultimately, sits middle of the pack among their other records. For me.

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pretty good album I don’t really have strong feelings for it, positive or negative. it’s pretty groovy, I guess. it had an awkward start but by the end I thought it was pretty good. in terms of overall quality, I’d give it an 8/10 - it’s well written and composed and other than a few awkward parts, holds up really well. however when it comes to my own preference I think I’d give it a 6/10. it’s not bad, it’s just not something I’d feel like listening to again for a while. Most the stuff I liked from the album is easy to find in other albums (like Santanas debut) and most of the stuff that made it unique like the harmonica or the jaw harp, I didn’t really like. Again, not saying it’s bad. I believe it’s an objectively good album, but on my own preference, I just didn’t really like it a whole lot.

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Not the biggest fan of Ozzy's vocals.

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Simply good rock (even if very familiar in this case).

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It’s weird to think that this album came out just as the Beatles were breaking up because brit rock and heavy metal seem so far apart from each other but they were almost contemporary. This album isn’t bad but the title tracks sound is wildly different from the rest of the album. Plus each track is 3 songs lumped together which was annoying to find a fav song. Overall, not amazing but a very interesting look into the genesis of heavy metal. Fav song I think: the wizard

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Not my thang

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Ozzy Ozborne was in Black Sabbath?? very good rock and roll album

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I am somewhat familiar with the band, but "The Wizard" might be the only track I've heard from this album and that was earlier this year. I really like Tommy Iommi's guitar wark on tracks such as "The Wizard", "Sleeping Village" and "Warning". I did not enjoy the title track, and some of the vocals to other tracks. The album was okay, but I don't see myself tempted to listen again.

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6/10. Sounded a lot like their other album. Pleasant enough to listen to, but not in love

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6/10 I can see how influential this is but I found the songs a little long winded and also the vocals are just. Not nice

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Not bad at all

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Great instrumentals, not a fan of the singing

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Not bad. Can see how it was revolutionary for its time.

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Hätte es in Mono hören sollen. Teilweise Surround eher unangenehm.

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Black Sabbath? more like Black Midbbath, cause this album was mid. Its fine, pretty standard stuff, nothing jumped out at me

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Some good guitar stuff, sounds a bit derivative but only because it inspired so many. Ozzys voice is fine, not amazing. Curious to hear their later albums.

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Better and bluesier than expected.

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I was honestly surprised by this. Not yet metal and the most coherent Ozzy will ever be

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Not a bad album, not so great either

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I was expecting more...

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I can see why people think it’s good, but it’s repetitive wailing and pretty boring

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Not my cup of tea, a bit dull

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Enjoyed this more than I thought I would, I expected it to be one of those 'influential but not great on its own' albums but was pleasantly surprised. Sounds a lot like early led zeppelin

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Black sabbath 1st track kinda... Boring. Wizard slaps sooo hard Rythm and intro of behind a wall is awesome!!! NIB feels kinda classic metalley. But very groove!! Evil woman is alright... It exists? Sleeping village pog good placement Great transition into warning

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Kind of dull surprisingly.

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Such a powerful opening, screams of terror that genuinely chill the blood, that slowly fades into fairly typical bluesy solo nothingness as the covers enter and Ozzy gets less and less moment to shine. Still finding those metal feet. Highlights: Black Sabbath, The Wizard.

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That new seventies sound...

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Ich habe wirklich praktisch kein Metal gehört bisher, aber nichts auf dem Album war für mich sonically ungewohnt oder überraschend — was wohl zeigen dürfte, wie einflussreich das Genre war. Ehrlich gesagt hätte ich das Album wohl als Redneck Rock oder ähnlich beschrieben, hätte ich es bloß gehört und nicht Genre, Artist etc. gekannt. Inhaltlich habe ich mich nicht groß mit dem Album auseinandergesetzt, musikalisch fand ich wenig auszusetzen, aber auch wenig, was mir wirklich gefällt. The Wizard ist ein cooler Track, der Rest ist so ziemlich an mir vorübergezogen.

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"ich hör alles ausser rap und metal" hab tbh erwartet das deutlich lahmer zu finden aber war ganz groovy (evil woman banger beat) und auch abwechslungsreich von der sound kulisse. Unterm strich hats mich dann doch irgendwie kalt gelassen über weite strecken aber war auch nicht so krass in der mood mir was neues anzueignen von daher kann man dem das auch nicht wirklich ankreiden

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zuerst muss ich sagen, dass ich vielleicht zwei black sabbath tracks kenne und mich mit heavy metal überhaupt nicht auskenne, bzw. das nie bewusst gehört habe. dieses album fand ich dann aber ...ok? es sind echt gute songs und starke riffs dabei, aber besonders auf längeren tracks haben die gitarrensoli nichts besonderes mehr und es fühlt an, als ob sie nur auch auf ihren instrumenten herumnudeln. das klingt dann immer gleich.

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Ich kann sehen, dass das ein Meilenstein war, bzw. auch immer noch ist, der Fakt dass das 52 Jahre alt ist, ist ziemlich unvorstellbar. Es fällt mir verdammt schwer, mich auf den Ton und die Langlebigkeit der ganzen Sache einzulassen, obwohl das gerade mal so über 40 Minuten geht. Das ist leider einer der langweiligsten Arten von Musik, die ich mir vorstellen kann, das hier ist noch die bessere Seite. Es ist denke ich mal einfach nichts für mich. 6/10

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Nice

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This album should get about a 3.6 but it gets rounded down to a 3. You can actually understand Ozzy on this album. It doesn't have any of the super well known songs of Black Sabbath. I probably wouldn't pick this album to listen to again, but I would listen if it was on.

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Classic heavy metal, clean sounds from Tony Iommi and wailing vocals from Ozzy Osbourne there is not really any reason to criticize Black Sabbath on their self-titled album. Absent their most popular offerings, the album sheds light on their beginnings giving listeners a baseline for the powerhouse of metal they would become.

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3.5

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It had a couple moments, and you definitely see the relationship to Led Zeppelin here. I didn't love it or hate it, though the first song got a bit monotonous for me.

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Was better than i expected tbh, need to listen again as sort of put it on in the background as i procrastinated. 3.5

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I try and put myself in the mindset of a young adult in the past, getting my hands on the vinyl of this album, and just listening with no other distractions (like the internet…). And it still didn’t do it for me

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3 1/2

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Begyndelsen på heavy-metal, rimelig solidt, skarp elguitar, tunge trommer

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I liked this more than expected and was pleasantly surprised by the musicianship.

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Best Song: Black Sabbath. I can only imagine that in 1970, first hearing this track would have felt like a tectonic shift. Worst Song: Wicked World. This is the kind of slow, plodding tempo that I think bogs down some of this old metal. Plus that super jazzy hi-hat really clashes with the rest of the aesthetic. Overall: A historical monument that still has that heavy, bluesy swagger. Obviously what we think of as "metal" has developed significantly since this album, and it does feel dated at times, but there are moments of brilliance. Ozzy's voice is somehow captivating in spite of itself, but I think it is the guitar work that really stands out. A relatively tame starting point, from which better music came.

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Ahh, los primeros días del metal y el rock pesado. El paso de los años se encargaría de dejar atrás estos sonidos, pero la influencia permanece.

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Master of Reality is the bar by which I measure Sabbath albums. This was fun but too much Iommi in places and not enough Ozzy. Steaming of whom - does any hard rocker have a more perfect voice for his music?

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bunu daha önce de dinlemiştim. finale gideceğim şimdi. telefonuma indiriyorum.

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i see the aesthetic but im not the target market since most of my songs are rainbows and butterflies lol lyrics seem poetic tho

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Ehhhhh

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I can see why this album was controversial in its day. The lyrics especially are meant to be that. The music itself is surprisingly good, and I can see why it's considered the proto-heavy metal. However, Ozzy Osbourne is NOT a very good singer, and the way he noodles around on this album doesn't make it any better. I probably wouldn't listen to this album again by choice, but wouldn't object to someone else playing it. 2 stars.

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Some amazing guitar solos. Definitely see how this album was revolutionary at the time. 2 stars

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Aburridooo, Se entiende que sean los padres del Metal y que éste disco inspiró a muchas bandas chingonas bla bla...

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I see why it's highly regarded and enjoy some of it. Ozzy vocals & metal just are not my thing

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Its interesting how un-metal this sounds compared to modern times. They were on to something with the heavier led zeppelin but nowhere near a classic album i think

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This could have been great, but time and time again, the awful, awful voice of Ozzy Osbourne reaches out of the toilet bowl and drags the whole thing right round the U-bend. Seriously, was there no one else?

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Such a combination of talented musicians and styles. But would not sit down and listen to this for any other reason than album review.

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First repeat artist! It's a shame we got this after Paranoid, because the latter is clearly superior even for something released the same year. Some cool riffs in this album as well, but none of the songs stand out much at all, leaving it to drag on as a result

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Not as expected, not as engaging

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not for me.

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I listened to about half…just meh.

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I guess none of the songs are terrible and there were some cool guitar riffs here and there. No good songs either though.

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Thought I would like it more, but it was pretty meh

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muzika je epic ali ovi tekstovi se ne bi svidjeli mojoj baki.

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Maybe it should sound like smoke on the water? Oddly, Ozzie's diction seems good here. "My name is Looo-cifer please take my hand". I feel this album was chosen because of Sabbath's influence, but because they had about 60 to choose from, they went with this because it was their first.

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This band was one of, or if not (I don't know much about them) the first to make music within the heavy metal genre, and for that I appreciate it. Other than that it really wasn't for me, some of it sounded cool though I guess. 2/5 stars.

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ok, could be better

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Not the best of Early Sabbath here, I prefer "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" Myself. "Evil Woman" and "Wicked World" OK tracks but not a favourite

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It was not bad per se, but I would not listen to it again. A bit boring

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It's alright, great guitar playing.

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Honestly eh. I thought I'd like it more but it just did not hit as hard as Rush, Iron Maiden, or other prog/hard rock bands. Some parts were really good but others just yelled about the wizard that will kill you with his magic (Rush would talk about the nuances and intricacies of the magic and how it's a microcosm for the entire human race, but this didn't really elaborate AT ALL). It just didn't really do it for me

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Meh

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Amazing guitar playing but okay in general

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Not very fun.

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Not a big fan of Sabbath and I am still not.

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Aside from the first track, not very memorable for me...

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this is the first time i listen to this album and band. album sure looks spooky. it is from those days people thought the magic card art style was a cute look for an allbum i think. makes it look pretty indie and low budget. black sabbath from black sabbath by black sabbath: i like the syncopated drums in the opening track, the part wheere he said 'o no!' was abit feelsweirdman. not sure about the title because the song or bells or lyrics does not remind me of shabbos? I get the point is to use tritones bc it sounds spooky but the three notes get very boring after a minute or so. I like the outro alot, especially the triplets on the cymbals (i think?). also final guitar section is neat but it does not sound very special (but it might have been for its time!). second track sounds abit gimmicky to me, the harmonica tires fast. not a fan. I love triple time songs and particularly 6/8 so i liked the intro and outro alot, but when the time changed back to 4/4 it didn't do much for me. I think that 6/8 meter could serve as a great basis for some nice solos. Fourth song got a curious intro. I like the zills one or two minutes in. The riff sounds a bit boring, and not played very tightly. I think the guitarists do a pretty good job soloing on this track. i found evil woman not interesting. i think Sleeping Village is one of the most interesting tracks on the album. it seems like guitarists have some freedom here. change past the halfway point is where it gets fun. dissonant outro is also nice, but I could do without the repeating guitar riffs. to this point it is clear these people are good musicians technically. i really like these solos. it could also jusst be the studio quality was poor which may be why it doesnt sound very tight. it is a common issue with records from that time. warning is another song where guitars (and drummer) get to flex. it sounds llike a blues, but again 3 minutes in, when the vocalist is done it gets pretty curious! i guess it is shredding which is cool, but the harmonies are quite simple and the solo guitar sounds like absolute ass in my headset (might be feedback issue or maybe too much reverb wasnt a thing back then). tempo changes are cool, i like that. in the last track i got the feeling the drummer may be a jazz drummer? For second i thought i was about to listen to a bebop song, but it is not. to me alot of the guitar riffs feel alike. Halfway the guitars start playing arpeggios which always sounds cool and good but harmony stays quite similar. then theres another nice solo. not a fan of the vocalist overall, but instrumentalists are good if they are not just playing riffs all over. i can only imagin this was just popular at the time. i mean deep purple built a career on just riffs. i must admit i zone out pretty quickly when i hear another riff permutation, especially with all the distortion. i do not typically listen to this type of music, but i think i see why people might like it, but dont think it aged well bc of production. it was probably quite revolutionary for its time. i hear serious blues and rock influences. i also read up some factoids and read someone killed themself listening to this bands music? i dont think the music is that bad but ok.

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Couldn’t get into it at the time of listening. Perhaps needs a different mood to enkoy

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First song was pretty epic but couldn't keep my attention after that.

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Better than I expected, but I don't love Ozzys voice.

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Rhe opening song was fine and whilst I understand the appeal I don't feel it. Obviously an important album in the history of metal and Ozzys vocals are strong. Just wizards and ghouls played to slow blues is just not my thang.

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50 years ago, in the right environment and with the right substances I can imagine this would be quite a cool album to listen to. Listening today, sober and eating my lunch it's a bit, well boring. The main problem for me is songs are just riffs and guitar solos, the tracks are a bit slow and not particularly groovy. I struggled to find one track that I enjoyed.

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I've never really been interested in Black Sabbath's music. I can recognize that it's foundational and there are some songs that I like... but overall this album didn't impress.

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Why this album? It isn't their best, or anywhere near it. Preposterous.

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nah

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ew yucky

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I’m alright!

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nah lol

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Way too dark. I didn’t enjoy this album

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Leiðinlegt. Leiðinda rödd. Leiðindi.

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listened, but I feel it has not aged well - sounds dated, plodding and morose

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A classic. Everybody should listen this album at least once.

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Honestly the playing kinda sucks sometimes. Evil woman is great, the albums pace can be quite sluggish at times. And I LIKE downtempo. Sometimes thrilled, sometimes bored

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