Black Sabbath

~ Release group by Black Sabbath

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Black Sabbath (Vertigo on top half of the label) 12" Vinyl 7 Vertigo (British rock label) 847 903 VTY, VO 6 [none]
Black Sabbath 12" Vinyl 5 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) WS 1871 [none]
Black Sabbath 12" Vinyl 7 Vertigo (British rock label) 847 903 VTY, VO 6 [none]
Black Sabbath (Vertigo on the bottom half of label) 12" Vinyl 7 Vertigo (British rock label) VO 6 [none]
Black Sabbath 12" Vinyl 7 NEMS (UK label, 1976-1983), Planet Records (Swedish label) NEL 6002 [none]
Black Sabbath CD 7 Castle Communications (primary imprint of Castle Communications PLC) CLACD 196 5017615619621
Black Sabbath CD 8 Castle Communications (primary imprint of Castle Communications PLC) NELCD 6002 5013428706022
Black Sabbath CD 7 Castle Communications (primary imprint of Castle Communications PLC) CLACD 196 5017615619621
Black Sabbath CD 5 Creative Sounds Ltd. (US) 6006-6, 449805-2 016726600622
Black Sabbath CD 5 Creative Sounds Ltd. (US) 6006 016726600622
Black Sabbath CD 5 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) W2-1871 [none]
Black Sabbath CD 5 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 1871-2 075992718523
Black Sabbath CD 7 Vertigo (British rock label) 23PD-133 4988011314605
Black Sabbath CD 8 Vertigo (British rock label) 832 702-2 042283270220
Black Sabbath CD 8 METAL MANIA (Teichiku sub-label) TECP-23892 4988004032882
Black Sabbath (Japanese Digital Remaster) CD 8 Castle Communications (primary imprint of Castle Communications PLC) TECW-20142 [none]
Black Sabbath (1996 Remaster) CD 8 Essential! Records (division of Castle Communications) ESM CD 301, GAS 0000301ESM 5017615830125
Black Sabbath CD 5 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) CD 1871 075992718523
Black Sabbath CD 5 6006-2 013624600624
Black Sabbath (LP Replica Reissue) CD 7 Castle Music (subsidiary of Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.) CMTCD003 5050159100323
Black Sabbath (Japanese Digital Remaster) CD 8 Victor (Japanese “His Master’s Voice” imprint) VICP-61277 4988002413270
Black Sabbath (Japanese Digital Remaster) CD 8 Victor (Japanese “His Master’s Voice” imprint) VICP-61710 4988002425471
Black Sabbath (Clear Vinyl) 12" Vinyl 7 Earmark 641004 8013252741043
Black Sabbath CD 8 Sanctuary Midline SMRCD031 5050749203120
Black Sabbath CD 8 Icarus Music (Argentinian Metal label and distributor) ICARUS 229 5050749203120
Black Sabbath CD 8 Strange Days Records POCE-1097 4988005459107
Black Sabbath (deluxe edition) 2×CD 7 + 9 Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present) 2700817, 2700818, 2700819 602527008172
Black Sabbath CD 7 Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present) 2730324 602527303246
Black Sabbath HDCD 7 Universal International (release must say "制作:Universal International" AND have no logos other than "Universal Music") UICY20038
Black Sabbath SHM-SACD 7 Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present) UIGY-9094 4988005718327
Black Sabbath Digital Media 5 Rhino (reissue label), Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) [none]
Black Sabbath (180g reissue) 12" Vinyl 7 BMG Rights Management (use for “BMG” logo releases since October 2008), Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present) BMGRM053LP 5414939920783
Black Sabbath (deluxe edition) 2×CD 5 + 9 Rhino (reissue label), Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 081227949082
Black Sabbath CD 5 Rhino (reissue label) RR2 1871 081227946746

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
part of: Uncut: The 100 Greatest Debut Albums (2006) (number: 35)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 243)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000652046 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/723 [info]
Wikidata: Q328482 [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/black_sabbath/black_sabbath/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/r3gb [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...