#238: Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath


Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath (1970)

Favorite Track(s): "The Wizard" and "Behind the Wall of Sleep" and "N.I.B" and "Evil Woman" and "The Warning" and "Wicked World"

Thoughts: According to Wikipedia, in a Rolling Stone review Lester Bangs said Sabbath was "just like Cream! But worse."  He dismissed Black Sabbath as "a shuck—despite the murky song titles and some inane lyrics that sound like Vanilla Fudge paying doggerel tribute to Aleister Crowley, the album has nothing to do with spiritualism, the occult, or anything much except stiff recitations of Cream clich├ęs."  Fortunately for me, I'm not very familiar with Cream, so I should be fine.

"The Wizard" was inspired by Gandalf, and the harmonica Ozzie rocks out is great.

Evil power disappears
Demons worry when the wizard is near
He turns tears into joy
Everyone's happy when the wizard walks by

Particular parts of "N.I.B." rocked my socks off--Ozzie's vocals are just chillingly good.  Overall, a very solid album that I would listen to again.

Is This Better Than The River?: As good.  Sorry, Lester.

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