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Black Sabbath – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (2015 Reissue on 180g Vinyl)

Black Sabbath – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (2015 Reissue on 180g Vinyl)

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Released on 1 December 1973, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is the fifth studio album by Black Sabbath, released in December 1973. It was produced by the band and recorded at Morgan Studios in London in September 1973.

For the first time in their career, the band began to receive favourable reviews in the mainstream press, with Rolling Stone calling the album ‘an extraordinarily gripping affair’, and ‘nothing less than a complete success’. Later reviewers such as AllMusic’s Eduardo Rivadavia cite the album as ‘a masterpiece, essential to any heavy metal collection’, while also displaying ‘a newfound sense of finesse and maturity’.

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Black Sabbath – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (2015 Reissue on 180g Vinyl)

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath marked the band’s fifth consecutive platinum selling album in the United States. It reached No. 4 on the UK charts, and No. 11 in the US. In the UK, it was the first Black Sabbath album to attain Silver certification (60,000 units sold) by the British Phonographic Industry, achieving this in February 1975.

The album would go on to be regarded in high esteem by the band members themselves; when asked by Guitar for the Practicing Musician in 1994 which songs he would like to see on the upcoming Black Sabbath box set, Butler replied, Probably anything off of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. The song Sabbath Bloody Sabbath itself. It was a whole new era for us. We felt really open on that album. It was a great atmosphere, good time, great coke! Just like a new birth for me. We had done the first four albums and done it that way. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath was like Part Two of your life. It was a weird feeling; a good feeling.’ In his memoir, Iommi calls the album ‘the pinnacle’.

Track Listing

Side One

  1. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
  2. A National Acrobat
  3. Fluff
  4. Sabbra Cadabra

Side Two

  1. Killing Yourself to Live
  2. Who Are You?
  3. Looking for Today
  4. Spiral Architect
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