Black Sabbath's debut album released 50 years ago today

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  1. micpoc

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    I am in the minority opinion on this one for sure, but I always thought the eponymous title track was the ultimate Black Sabbath song that they never bettered...

     
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    dun....dunnnnnnn....dunnnn

    one of the most ominous 3 note riffs ever
     
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    Smoke on the Water?
     
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    smoke on the water isnt ominous...and why would it be smoke on the water when the thread is about black sabbath
     
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    Looks like Smoke on the Water to me...

    Smoke on the Water can be ominous...fire in the sky? That sounds pretty ominous to me. Terrifying.

    Maybe you just wrote it in the wrong key?
     
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    Anyway, back on topic after Brad's Smoke on the Water thread drift...Love that Iommi sound.

    I'm guessing Plexi with a fuzz on top? Or is that just a treble booster?
     
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    Love that whole record.
     
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    i wrote three notes...which is the beginning of black sabbath...smokes on the water riff is....17 notes
     
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    I was there. Leslie West and Mountain opening for Black Sabbath.

    March 31, 1971 Onondaga War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, NY (2 shows, supporting Mountain)
     
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    When I was in high school, Grand Funk Railroad was at their peak of popularity. I bought a ticket to see them in concert in Los Angeles. Some band I had never heard of opened for them.... Black Sabbath.

    Sabbath was simply amazing. I was floored. They were much better than the main act.
     
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    I heard the same thing when Van Halen opened for the Sabbs back in 78/79 in England. :rolleyes: From memory the reviewer said something about what a waste of space the Sabbath drum riser/set on stage was as it hampered VH’s performance.

    But on the plus side, I thought Sabbath were an excellent band when I discovered them, and led me to great things like Ironmaiden. :cool:
     
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    we had ozzy a some time ago at the yota center and backstage if you had seen him before the show you wondered how the frick is this guy going to even make it to the stage to do anything but slobber and drool all over himself.

    when he hit the stage he became possessed by some out of world supernatural force and actually put on a decent show

    when it was over he went back to slobbering on himself....damnedest thing I ever seen just amazing the transformation that overcame him.

    been a fan for a long time spent many hours alone with my sears silvertone record player just me n black sabbath.


    masters of reality

    paranoid

    sabbath bloody sabbath

    all had some good songs that werent your du du du dunnnn death marches

     
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    Hurts my fingers to watch Tony Iommi play , knowing what happened to his fingers ! I saw Sabbath in Frisco at Winterland right after Paranoid was released , it was one of the better shows I remember seeing , in this era you never knew how good ( or crappy ) the bands were going to be . Some of them got too wasted to perform . Sabbath was good that night , but loud as hell !
     
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    Around 50 years ago I was in Famous Barr looking through the record selections when a sales person came up with four copies of the first Black Sabbath album. She was talking to her partner saying "I hope we've got four Satanists that shop Famous. I have no idea why four copies were ordered. A new release by an unknown band. These will be in the bargain bin in two months time." After they left I stepped over to the bin they put the albums in. The front of the album looked pretty cool, (I was a huge fan of Hammer Horror films at the time). The song titles listed on the back sounded like something I'd hear at the drive-in with my girlfriend. So I bought it. I Loved It.
     
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    My brothers had that first album, plus Paranoid with the Wally on the cover prancing around in Lycra with a motorbike helmet and toy shield and sword. Great albums those early ones.

    In related news the person who modelled the ominous figure has been identified.

    https://tonedeaf.thebrag.com/black-sabbath-cover-woman/
     
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    I got a Sony Walkman when they came out and used to ride my bike to and from high school listening to that album. Then i'd try to play riffs and bluesy licks from it when I got home.
     
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    My friend Chuck got that BS album right after it came out.
    Chuck was 14, I was 12.
    Chuck was a good guitar soloist, and I was the rhythm guitarist in our “kid” garage band.
    Chuck hipped me to lots music I liked, including Buffalo Springfield and Steppenwolf.
    I just didn’t get a BS.
    It sounded like a horror movie soundtrack.
    50 years later, I still think it sounds like that.
    More for y’all I suppose.
     
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    Great story.

    On a related note, the woman on the cover of the album has finally been identified: she is Louisa Livingston, who was an 18–19 year old model at the time and who now records electronic music under the name Indreba...

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    ‘That Evil Kind of Feeling’: The Inside Story of Black Sabbath’s Iconic Cover Art
     
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    Wow. What an album. My friends older brother played it for us...It spooked me....I felt like i shouldn't be listening to it...like we were doing something wrong. I got over that and that got me to learn to play. love it still.
     
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