Album of the Day: Black Sabbath (2/13/70) 40 Years!


“Play me loud!” should have been painted across the cover of Black Sabbath, the eponymous first album by the band that achieved near-universal credit for introducing “heavy metal” music to the world. It was released in the U.K. on February 13, 1970 – a Friday, no less! – and three months later in the U.S. (Check out the Black Sabbath/Ozzy Osbourne playlist in Dr. Rock’s Playlist Vault).

The monotonous rhythm of Ozzy and his bandmates’ macabre sound was best heard on a Victrola when played louder than anything our parents would approve of – louder than even the poppy, hand-holding Beatles’ songs from just a short six years earlier. Murky, dripping with occult imagery and morbid lyrics, Black Sabbath came with three individual tracks and two lengthy multi-song pieces oozing dark satanic themes and droning rhythms. “Kids, where are you?” was the question. “We’re in there, Mommy” the response.

Dankly dungeonous, Black Sabbath had an auspicious debut for over a year on the US charts, peaking at #23 and selling a deadly million copies. Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album #241 on its list of the Top 500 albums of all-time.

Black Sabbath is available on CD, LP or mp3 at Amazon. Unfortunately for metal-Podders, it’s not on iTunes. (Incidentally, Black Sabbath is one of only a handful of rock and pop albums where the band name, the album name and the title track are all the same. Can you name any others?)

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  1. #1 by SpaceTrucker on February 21, 2010 - 11:00 pm

    Rolling Stone Magazine doesn’t have a clue about what good Hard Rock and Heavy Metal music is. I can’t believe some of the crap bands they put above Black Sabbath on that stupid list of theirs.

    Black Sabbath is the greatest Heavy Metal band ever! The Rock and Roll Hall of Lame totally disrespected them by taking ten years to in duct them (of course the Hall is run by Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone and his band of idiots) but it still pisses me off.

    Black Sabbath should be celebrated for what they achieved and the genre they started, the greatest genre ever, HEAVY METAL!

    Every Friday the 13th should be ‘Black Sabbath Day’

    The new Heaven and Hell (which is Black Sabbath without Ozzy, but Ronnie James Dio can bring it also) record ‘The Devil You Know’ is incredible.

    SpaceTrucker

    • #2 by Dr. Rock on February 22, 2010 - 1:57 pm

      I admire your conviction, SpaceTrucker. I’m not a huge metal-head, but enough of one so I appreciate good hard rock and heavy metal (a la Black Sabbath). — Dr. Rock

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