Black Sabbath

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Black Sabbath were an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne, and drummer Bill Ward. Black Sabbath are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970) and Master of Reality (1971). The band had multiple line-up changes, with Iommi being the only constant member throughout its history.

Formed in 1968 as the Polka Tulk Blues Band, a blues rock band, the group went through line up changes, renamed themselves as Earth, broke up and reformed. By 1969, they had named themselves Black Sabbath after the film Black Sabbath starring Boris Karloff, and began incorporating occult themes with horror-inspired lyrics and tuned-down guitars. The band's first show as Black Sabbath took place on 30 August 1969, in Workington. Signing to Philips Records in November 1969, they released their first single, "Evil Woman" in January 1970. Their debut album, Black Sabbath, was released on Friday the 13th, February 1970, on Philips' newly formed progressive rock label, Vertigo Records. Though receiving a negative critical response, the album was a commercial success and reached number 8 in the UK Albums Chart, so the band returned to the studios to quickly record the follow up, Paranoid, which was also released in 1970. The band's popularity grew, and by 1973's Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, critics were starting to respond favourably.

Osbourne's regular use of alcohol and other drugs led to his dismissal from the band in 1979. He was replaced by former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio. Following two albums with Dio, Black Sabbath endured many personnel changes in the 1980s and 1990s that included vocalists Ian Gillan, Glenn Hughes, Ray Gillen and Tony Martin, as well as several drummers and bassists. In 1991, Iommi and Butler rejoined Dio and drummer Vinny Appice to record Dehumanizer (1992). The original line-up reunited with Osbourne in 1997 and released a live album Reunion. Black Sabbath's final studio album and nineteenth overall, 13 (2013), features all of the original members but Ward, who left the band prior to the recording sessions due to a contract dispute. A year after embarking on a farewell tour, the band played their final concert in their home city of Birmingham on 4 February 2017, after which they broke up. Iommi has stated that he has not ruled out the possibility of new material or one-off shows under the Black Sabbath name.

They were ranked by MTV as the "Greatest Metal Band" of all time, and placed second in VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" list. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them number 85 in their "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". They have sold over 70 million records worldwide. Black Sabbath were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. They have also won two Grammy Awards for Best Metal Performance.

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Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Live & Loud Ozzy Osbourne 1
1999 Rock Classics Various Artists 1
2005 The Original Heavy Metal Album Various Artists 1
2007 Top Gear: The Best Driving Songs Various Artists 1
2011 Totally 70s Various Artists 1
2012 Who Cares Ian Gillan & Tony Iommi 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies Various Artists 1
1972 Pure Rock 1972 Various Artists 1
1975 Pure Rock 1970 Various Artists 2
1975 Pure Rock 1975 Various Artists 1
1980 Axe Attack Various Artists 1
1980 Radio Active Various Artists 1
1982 Pure Rock 1982 Various Artists 1
1984 The Heavy Way Various Artists 1
1987 Metal Killers Kollection Various Artists 1
1987 The Best of Rock Legends Various Artists 1
1988 Back on the Road Various Artists 3
1988 Electric Seventies Various Artists 1
1988 Soft Side of Hard Rock Various Artists 1
1988 stereoplay, CD 37: Yesterday’s Various Artists 1
1989 Protect the Innocent Various Artists 2
1989 Tour of Duty III Various Artists 1
1990 Back in Time... The Sound of the Seventies Various Artists 1
1990 Giants of Rock: The Metal Decade, Volume 1: 1980-81 Various Artists 1
1990 Giants of Rock: The Metal Decade, Volume 2: 1982-83 Various Artists 1
1990 Masters of Rock Various Artists 1
1990 Metal Hearts Various Artists 1
1990 Rock Guitar Legends Various Artists 1
1990 Stereoplay Special CD 48: Hard&Heavy Various Artists 1
1990 The Earthquake Album Various Artists 3
1991 Easy Livin' - Rock of the Seventies Various Artists 2
1991 Marquee Metal Various Artists 1
1991 Metal Rock - Hard & Heavy Various Artists 1
1991 Rock & Pop Diamonds 1970 Various Artists 1
1991 Rock Guitar Legends Vol2 Various Artists 1
1991 The Metal Box Various Artists 1
1991 The Rock Collection: Rock Heroes Various Artists 1
1992 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll: 1970, Volume 2 Various Artists 2
1992 Born to Be Wild Various Artists 1
1992 Guitar Rock: Monsters Various Artists 1
1992 Metal CD, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1992 Million Sellers 18: The Seventies Various Artists 1
1992 Really Gonna Rock Tonight: 30 Great Rock Hits Various Artists 1
1992 Rock Classics Various Artists 1
1992 Rock Hits of the 70s Various Artists 1
1992 Rock Line 3 Various Artists 1
1992 Sensational 70's, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1992 Sounds of the Seventies: Guitar Power Various Artists 2
1992 Teenage Rebels! - Silver Machine Various Artists 1
1992 Teenage Rebels! - Summer in the City Various Artists 1
1992 The Rock Collection Various Artists 1
1992 The Rock Collection: Hard 'n' Heavy Various Artists 1
1992 The Rock Collection: Rock Solid Various Artists 1
1993 Metal Killers Various Artists 1
1993 Route 66 Various Artists 1
1993 The Best of Metal Hammer: The Ballads Various Artists 1
1993 The Rock Collection: Rock Inferno Various Artists 1
1993 Tour of Duty 6: The Strongest Popclassics From the 60's and 70's Various Artists 1
1994 Kerrang! The Album Various Artists 1
1994 The Best Rock Album in the World... Ever! Various Artists 4
1994 Rocktastic! Various Artists 1
1994 70's Best Of: De Woodstock au Walkman Various Artists 1
1994 Guitar Rock: 1970-1971 Various Artists 1
1994 Guitar Rock: 1972–1973 Various Artists 1
1994 Hard Music, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1994 Heavy 100 Various Artists 1
1994 Heavy Metal, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1994 Heavy Metal, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1994 Hot Hits of the 70's, Volume Two Various Artists 1
1994 In Tune With the World Various Artists 1
1994 Kerrang! Metal Klassix Various Artists 1
1994 Rock Various Artists 1
1994 The 70's: 1970 Various Artists 1
1994 The Finest of Hard-Rock, Volume 1 Various Artists 2
1994 The Tortellini Accident Various Artists 1
1994 VTM Holiday Party Hits 2 Various Artists 1
1994 Wayne’s World Hits 2 Various Artists 1
1994 World Hits 1970 Various Artists 1
1995 18 Screamers From the 70's Various Artists 1
1995 The No.1 70's Rock Album Various Artists 1
1995 Rock of Ages Various Artists 1
1995 Best of the 70s: Superstars und ihre größten Hits Various Artists 1
1995 Harley-Davidson: One for the Road Various Artists 1
1995 Metal Foundry Various Artists 1
1995 Metal Gods Various Artists 1
1995 Metal Gods, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1995 Oldie Parade, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1995 Rock Festival Various Artists 1
1995 Wild Rock 2 Various Artists 1
1996 Good Morning Vietnam Various Artists 2
1996 Champions of Rock Various Artists 1
1996 Classic Rock: 1969–1970 Various Artists 1
1996 Classic Rock: 1978-1979 Various Artists 1
1996 Kerrang! Welcome to Planet Rock Various Artists 1
1996 Maximum Power Various Artists 1
1996 Rock Anthems, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1996 Rock Attack Various Artists 1
1996 Sex, Drugs + Rock'n Roll Various Artists 1
1996 Sir Price Various Artists 1
1996 Turtle Wax Rock Magic Various Artists 1

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