My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Black Sabbath was recorded in one session on October 16th, 1969 and was released in the UK in February of 1970.
What I think: What we have here is pretty much the first heavy metal album ever. And yet I’m surprised by the elements of blues and the Zeppelin sound on many of the tracks. It’s really interesting how the sound was an evolution and not just born out of Iommi’s need to play in a lower tuning. So what does that all mean to me? It would be easy for me to dismiss it as a genre of music I don’t care for, but that wouldn’t be fair. The lyrics of course are stupid, but the way Ozzy sings them with that unique voice is stellar. And those heavy guitar riffs are something else with the volume turned way up. They have a way of surrounding you and vibrating your skull. So it’s not my thing and something I can’t take seriously, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a fun listen. And that damn cover creeps me out.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? Certain albums are corner pieces in the development of “popular” music and this is definitely one of those corner pieces.
Rating (Out of 5): 3
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (145/188)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%
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