Black Sabbath is the debut studio album by the English rock band Black Sabbath. Released on 13 February 1970 in the United Kingdom and on 1 June 1970 in the United States, the album reached number eight on the UK Albums Charts and number 23 on the Billboard charts. Black Sabbath is widely considered the first heavy metal album. Additionally, the opening track of the album-Black Sabbath-is widely considered to be the first doom metal song.
Forbidden is the 18th studio album by English rock band Black Sabbath, released in June 1995. This recording saw the reunion of Black Sabbath's Tyr-era line-up from 1990, with the return of Neil Murray and Cozy Powell.
The Black Sabbath album cover features a depiction of Mapledurham Watermill, situated on the River Thames in Oxfordshire, England. Standing in front of the watermill is a figure dressed in black. The name of the woman pictured on the front cover is forgotten, though guitarist Iommi says that she once showed up backstage at a Black Sabbath show and introduced herself. Larkin praised the album's "crushing atmosphere of doom", which he described as "intense and relentless".
Is there any singular musical entity in heavy metal as far-reaching and as influential as the genre's progenitors? No, there's not. Metal may not have existed would if not for a mishap at a metal factory where guitarist Tony Iommi (who turned out to be a metal factory of his own) lost the tips of his fingers during his last day on the job. With plastic tips outfitted on his fretting hand, he down-tuned his guitar as the slack on the strings made it easier to play with the impairment and there we have it - metal was born. On the other end, the band has been responsible for a few duds, all of which have their respective ups and downs.
Black Sabbath's debut album is the birth of heavy metal as we now know it. Compatriots like Blue Cheer, Led Zeppelin, and Deep Purple were already setting new standards for volume and heaviness in the realms of psychedelia, blues-rock, and prog rock. Yet of these metal pioneers, Sabbath are the only one whose sound today remains instantly recognizable as heavy metal, even after decades of evolution in the genre.
6360 011 – Black Sabbath. Sleeve Notes: Gatefold sleeve designed and photographed by Marcus Keef. Originally to be titled War Pigs this was changed at the last minute to avoid offending the US market due to their ongoing involvement in the Vietnam war. The original title makes more sense with Keef’s cover concep. leeve is unlaminated on 1st pressing. The sleeve was changed to a laminated finish (for 3rd and 4th reissue) due to substantial wear to the outer black finish on the 1st two matt versions – a greenish tinge and the edges of the outer cover where it has been ‘wrapped under’ and glued to the inner gatefold can be seen on many original sleeves. Label Notes: Large swirl logo above spindle. VERTIGO below spindle hole.
|A1||Never Say Die|
|A4||A Hard Road|
|B3||Over To You|
|B5||Swinging The Chain|
- Marketed By – Phonogram S.A.I.C. – 9918
|9102 751||Black Sabbath||Never Say Die! (LP, Album)||Vertigo||9102 751||UK||1978|
|BSK 3186||Black Sabbath||Never Say Die! (LP, Album, M/Print)||Warner Bros. Records||BSK 3186||US||1978|
|830 789-2||Black Sabbath||Never Say Die! (CD, Album, RE)||Vertigo||830 789-2||Germany||1987|
|BSK 3186||Black Sabbath||Never Say Die! (LP, Album, Win)||Warner Bros. Records||BSK 3186||US||1978|
|9124 101||Black Sabbath||Never Say Die! (LP, Album)||Vertigo||9124 101||Germany||1978|