Ok so starting off this is just my personal preferences, I’m sure you’ll have a different Top 10.
10. Headless Cross (1989)
Ok so what’s with bands that don’t wanna recognize a former member that has help create their success? Not saying that’s the case here but that’s my rant for the day.
So let’s look at this one with singer Tony Martin. His voice is simply amazing. Very underrated album. Standout songs for me are the tittle track and Devil & Daughter.
9. Technical Ecstasy (1976)
Ok so I gave this album another listen. Is this the band’s “The Beatles” moment? Trying to sound more radio friendly. Actually the album isn’t that bad and with Ozzy’s voice you know it’s a Sabbath record.
Standouts include You Won’t Change Me and Dirty Women.
8. Mob Rules (1981)
Can we say enough about Dio? One of the best Metal singers that ever existed!!
Ready to crank this album up and already I’ve got my fist pumping at the first words. This was their first album with Vinny Appice.
Favourites include Turn Up the Night and The Mob Rules.
7. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)
Great album could be ranked higher. Nothing like recording in a castle can do no wrong! Ghosts aside, this gem is totally worth listening to again.
Favourites on this album include the title track (DUH) and Sabbra Cadabra.
6. Black Sabbath (1970)
Is it the end my friend
Satan’s coming ’round the bend
People running ’cause they’re scared
The people better go and beware
No, no, no
Who’s finds inspiration for writing lyrics like this? Geezer Butler of course, who was obsessed with the occult at the time.
At the time Rolling Stone’s Lester Bangs described the band as, “just like Cream! But worse”
This is why I don’t bother with so called Rock critics!! At least if you’re going to do a review of an album or band, be a person that actually enjoys the genre.
Favourites include The Wizard and the title track.
5. Sabotage (1975)
I keep asking myself why I love Heavy Metal music. I think I found the answer!! Something about the mighty Sabbath just sends chills down my spine.
Guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen told Nick Bowcott of Guitar Player in 2008 that the riff to “Symptom of the Universe” was the first Tony Iommi riff he ever heard and that “Tony’s use of the flat fifth would have got him burned at the stake a couple hundred years ago.”
Favourites on this album include Symptom of the Universe and Hole in the Sky.
4. Vol. 4 (1972)
My eyes are blind, but I can see
The snowflakes glisten on the trees
The Sun no longer sets me free
I feel the snowflakes freezing me
Damn what another amazing album from the band.
In June 2000, Q placed Vol. 4 at number 60 in its list of The 100 Greatest British Albums Ever and described the album as “the sound of drug-taking, beer-guzzling hooligans from Britain’s oft-pilloried cultural armpit let loose in LA.”
Ok like that’s a bad thing??
Favourites on the album include Snowblind and Supernaut.
3. Master of Reality (1971)
When I first met you, didn’t realize
I can’t forget you or your surprise
You introduced me to my mind
And left me wanting you and your kind
Drugs are bad kids but who hasn’t taken a good hit here and there!! Anybody got a lighter?
The album peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Charts. This could easily be my number 1. Damn those riffs!! Though as much as I like the favourites on the album that’s just the starting point to make you wanna buy the album and find all the other awesome music on it.
Favourites on the album include Sweet Leaf and Children of the Grave.
2. Paranoid (1970)
Generals gathered in their masses
Just like witches at black masses
Evil minds that plot destruction
Sorcerer of death’s construction
Ha Ha number 2. Is Marv drunk again? Nah it’s just to me number 2. I’m sure for many it was your number 1.
The album is currently ranked at No. 139 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
So look at this and seriously ask yourself… How does Rolling Stone ranked it that low? Seriously Rolling Stone… Let’s chat I have a few questions for you!!
Favourites on the album include War Pigs and the title track. Screw it there’s no favourites the whole album is a Heavy Metal masterpiece!!
1. Heaven and Hell (1980)
Sing me a song, you’re a singer
Do me a wrong, you’re a bringer of evil
The Devil is never a maker
The less that you give, you’re a taker
Ok here comes the complaining. Yes this is my number 1. Ronnie Janes Dio was an amazing vocalist and his time in Black Sabbath was undeniable.
In an interview with Songfacts, former Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society dismisses the idea of the Dio-era being authentic Sabbath: “You listen to Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio in it, and it’s not Black Sabbath. They should have just called it Heaven & Hell right from the beginning. Because you listen to that Heaven and Hell album, that doesn’t sound anything close to Black Sabbath. I mean, that sounds about as much like Black Sabbath as Blizzard of Ozz sounds like Black Sabbath.
This wouldn’t have anything with you being one of Ozzy’s guitarists? Love you Zakk but c’mon are you saying that Tony Iommi’s riffs isn’t the same and the drums and bass are totally nothing at all sounding like Sabbath? Totally disagree bro!
Favourites on this album include Neon Knights and the title track.
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