Black Sabbath – “Black Sabbath” (1970)

June 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm (Black Sabbath, Music, Reviews & Articles)

This short review of the first Sabbath album comes from Hit Parader, March 1971, by Mike Dillon…

Magic has finally wormed out of the drug attached stigma, come out from behind the “psychedelic” album covers and pretentious arrangements and found its way into a hard rock environment. Black Sabbath (the name of the group, their first album, and the first cut on the album), is frightening, frenzied, driving, satanical and excellently played, arranged and produced. Four musicians who I have never heard of before lay down one of the heaviest magic-music statements you’ll ever hear.

This album is a far cry from 90 percent of the junk that gets passed off as rock these days. From the opening thunderstorm of the last scream you hear only solid head-throbbing original rhythms, designed to reinforce your perception of the supernatural, evil powers that roam the earth. After listening to Ozzie Read the rest of this entry »

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