Black Sabbath

~ Release group by Black Sabbath

Album

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Black Sabbath (Vertigo on top half of the label)Black Sabbath12" Vinyl7
  • GB1970-02-13
Vertigo (British rock label)847 903 VTY, VO 6[none]
Black SabbathBlack Sabbath12" Vinyl5
  • US1970-06-01
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)WS 1871[none]
Black SabbathBlack Sabbath12" Vinyl7
Vertigo (British rock label)847 903 VTY, VO 6[none]
Black Sabbath (Vertigo on the bottom half of label)Black Sabbath12" Vinyl7
Vertigo (British rock label)VO 6[none]
Black SabbathBlack Sabbath12" Vinyl7
NEMS (UK label, 1976-1983), Planet Records (Swedish label)NEL 6002[none]
Black SabbathBlack SabbathCD7
Castle Communications (primary imprint of Castle Communications PLC)CLACD 1965017615619621
Black SabbathBlack SabbathCD8
Castle Communications (primary imprint of Castle Communications PLC)NELCD 60025013428706022
Black SabbathBlack SabbathCD7
Castle Communications (primary imprint of Castle Communications PLC)CLACD 1965017615619621
Black SabbathBlack SabbathCD5
Creative Sounds Ltd. (US)6006-6, 449805-2016726600622
Black SabbathBlack SabbathCD5
Creative Sounds Ltd. (US)6006016726600622
Black SabbathBlack SabbathCD5
  • US1988-07-01
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)W2-1871[none]
Black SabbathBlack SabbathCD5
  • US1988-07-01
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)1871-2075992718523
Black SabbathBlack SabbathCD7
  • JP1989-03-25
Vertigo (British rock label)23PD-1334988011314605
Black SabbathBlack SabbathCD8
Vertigo (British rock label)832 702-2042283270220
Black SabbathBlack SabbathCD8
  • JP1991-07-21
Metal Mania (Teichiku sub-label)TECP-238924988004032882
Black Sabbath (Japanese Digital Remaster)Black SabbathCD8
  • JP1996-02-21
Castle Communications (primary imprint of Castle Communications PLC)TECW-20142[none]
Black Sabbath (1996 Remaster)Black SabbathCD8
  • GB1996-02-28
Essential! Records (division of Castle Communications)ESM CD 301, GAS 0000301ESM5017615830125
Black SabbathBlack SabbathCD5
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)CD 1871075992718523
Black SabbathBlack SabbathCD5
6006-2013624600624
Black Sabbath (LP Replica Reissue)Black SabbathCD7
Castle Music (subsidiary of Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.)CMTCD0035050159100323
Black Sabbath (Japanese Digital Remaster)Black SabbathCD8
  • JP2001-03-07
Victor (Japanese “His Master’s Voice” imprint)VICP-612774988002413270
Black Sabbath (Japanese Digital Remaster)Black SabbathCD8
  • JP2002-01-30
Victor (Japanese “His Master’s Voice” imprint)VICP-617104988002425471
Black Sabbath (180g gatefold)Black Sabbath12" Vinyl7
Earmark, Get Back (Italy)410048013252410048
Black Sabbath (Clear Vinyl)Black Sabbath12" Vinyl7
Earmark6410048013252741043
Black SabbathBlack SabbathCD8
Sanctuary MidlineSMRCD0315050749203120
Black SabbathBlack SabbathCD5
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)CD 1871075992718523
Black SabbathBlack SabbathCD8
Icarus Music (Argentinian Metal label and distributor)ICARUS 2295050749203120
Black SabbathBlack SabbathCD8
  • JP2007-02-21
Strange Days Records (Japanese reissue label)POCE-10974988005459107
Black Sabbath (deluxe edition)Black Sabbath2×CD7 + 9
  • XE2009-07-02
Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present)2700817, 2700818, 2700819602527008172
Black Sabbath (deluxe Edition)Black Sabbath2×SHM-CD7 + 9
  • JP2009-08-26
Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present), Vertigo (British rock label)UICY-94180/14988005569752
Black SabbathBlack SabbathCD7
  • XE2010-02-23
Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present)2730324602527303246
Black SabbathBlack SabbathHDCD7
  • JP2010-11-24
Universal International (Japanese label; release must say “制作:Universal International” AND have no logos other than “Universal Music”)UICY20038
Black SabbathBlack SabbathSHM-SACD7
  • JP2012-07-25
Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present)UIGY-90944988005718327
Black SabbathBlack SabbathDigital Media5
Rhino (reissue label), Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)[none]
Black Sabbath (180g reissue)Black Sabbath12" Vinyl7
  • XE2015-04-20
BMG (imprint of BMG Rights Management, 2008-present), Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present)BMGRM053LP5414939920783
Black Sabbath (deluxe edition)Black Sabbath2×CD5 + 9
  • US2016-01-22
Rhino (reissue label), Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)081227949082
Black SabbathBlack Sabbath12" Vinyl5
  • US2016-08-05
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across), Rhino (reissue label)1871, RR1 1871081227946661
Black SabbathBlack SabbathCD5
  • US2016-08-05
Rhino (reissue label), Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)RR2 1871081227946746

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Evil Woman / Wicked World
included in:Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970–1978)
Cross Box
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath / Black Sabbath
The Complete 70’s Replica CD Collection: 1970–1978
The Ozzy Osbourne Years
The Ozzy Years: Complete Albums Box Set
The Vinyl Collection 1970-1978
part of:David Keenan: The Best Albums Ever (number: 29) (order: 29)
Uncut: The 100 Greatest Debut Albums (2006) (number: 35) (order: 35)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2003 edition (number: 241) (order: 241)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 243) (order: 243)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 355) (order: 355)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/723 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/r3gb [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/black_sabbath/black_sabbath/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000652046 [info]
Wikidata:Q328482 [info]

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..."by the lake, a young girl waits, unseeing she believes herself unseen, she smiles faintly at the distant tolling bell, and the still falling rain'. So runs the slightly bizarrely written poem on the sleeve of Black Sabbath's debut. This, together with the mysterious, evocative sleeve (neither of which had anything to do with the band and whose origins are shrouded in mystery), sets the stage for one of the most striking opening statements in the history of rock music.

"Black Sabbath" is still powerful now; as iconic as the opening of ''Anarchy in the UK'', ''Whole Lotta Love'' or even ''A Love Supreme''. God knows what it must have sounded like to a generation of lank haired teenagers back in 1970. As the band bite down on Tony Iommi's monstrous riff it's immediately clear that Sabbath were taking heavy rock in a direction that owed little to its blues roots (in fact, the riff was based around the interval of a tritone, known commonly as the 'diabolus in musica' due to its supposedly devilish qualities). This wasn't good time music.

Though the song's lyrics were inspired by a personal supernatural experience, they're more Hammer film camp than H.P. Lovecraft. Lyrical finesse was never the band's strong point – as Sabbath authority Paul Wilkinson points out, there are only five words on the entire album that are longer than two syllables. But Ozzy Osbourne invests them with more emotion than any otther vocal performance he managed later. His cry of 'Oh no, please God help me!' before Iommi, Butler and Ward launch into their final galloping assault on the senses is genuinely scary.

Elsewhere the lack of suitable material and the rushed production job don't help, though "Behind The Wall of Sleep" and the "N.I.B." (in which Lucifer falls in love and becomes a nice bloke) show off Iommi's evolving compositional skills to full effect. *Black Sabbath *was recorded in two days and cost £600 to make, which isn't a bad investment for an album that changed the face of rock music. That's not an exaggeration by the way...