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Black Sabbath

Band
TypeStudio Full-length
Released
GenresHeavy Metal, Hard Rock
LabelsVertigo Records
Length38:09
Ranked#3 for 1970 , #108 all-time
Reviews :  4
Comments :  49
Total votes :  53
Rating :  91.5 / 100
Have :  35
Want : 2
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Black Sabbath Information

Track listing (Songs)

titleratingvotespopularity
1.Black Sabbath6:1695.610
2.The Wizard4:2489.49
3.Behind the Wall of Sleep3:3888.36
4.N.I.B.6:0690.86
5.Evil Woman, Don't Play Your Games With Me (Crow cover)3:25845
6.Sleeping Village3:4683.33
7.Warning (Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation cover)10:32803
8.Wicked World (bonus track)4:47802

Line-up (members)

Production staff / artist

  • Rodger Bain : Producer
  • Tom Allom : Engineer
  • Barry Sheffield : Engineer
  • Marcus Keef : Graphic Design, Photography
Widely regarded as the first ever heavy metal album.

The cover photo was taken in front of Mapledurham Watermill in Oxforshire, England.

The original gatefold vinyl cover displays an inverted cross on the inside. The band members have always maintained that this was done by the record label, without their knowledge or permission.

This got the band some (unwanted) attention by occult groups, and they all wear crucifixes around their necks since to avoid being labelled as Satanists.

"N.I.B." does not stand for "Nativity in Black". It was referring to Bill Ward's facial hair, which looked like a pen nib.

"Evil Woman" and "Warning" are both blues covers, "Evil Woman" originally by the American band Crow (which was why publishing rights prohibited it from being on the American release), while "Warning" was originally by the short lived Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation, in a much shorter form. Ironically enough, Ozzy Osbourne misheard the song and sings "I was born without you baby" instead of "I was warned about you baby", which was the entire basis for the song and reason it was called "Warning".

The tracklist of the more common American release (June, 1970) combines several tracks into one and incorrectly switches the titles around, as well substitutes Evil Woman for Wicked World, the B-Side to the original Evil Woman single, resulting in:

1. Black Sabbath (06:21)
2. The Wizard (04:25)
3. Wasp / Behind the Wall of Sleep / Basically / N.I.B. (09:44)
4. Wicked World (04:47)
5. A Bit of Finger / Sleeping Village / Warning (14:19)

Castle Communications 80's version of the album contain a live version of "Tomorrows Dream" (03:04) as track 8 taken from "Live at Last" live album.

The '96 Castle Communications remaster uses the original tracklisting, plus "Wicked World" as track 8, being the only release with both songs on one disc.
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Black Sabbath Discography

Album titleTypeRelease dateRatingVotesReviews
Studio 91.5 534
Studio 94 816
EP - 00
Studio 92.2 434
EP - 00
Studio 90.9 262
EP - 00
Studio 89.4 194
Studio 89.6 153
Studio 80.1 205
Studio 74.9 122
Studio 93.4 753
Live 71 21
Studio 90.3 182
Live 90.6 142
Studio 80.4 155
Studio 82 102
Studio 83.7 132
Studio 91.8 183
Studio 88.3 172
Studio 87.6 193
Studio 84.5 61
Studio 75.3 82
Live 76.6 71
EP - 00
Live 63.2 51
Live 92.7 30
Studio 81.4 383
EP 82.5 20
Live 90 10
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