Black Sabbath's debut album released 50 years ago today

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  1. Old Deaf Roadie

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    My senior year in high school, spring 1982. Some friends invite me to play with them at the school talent show. I remember it well. We opened with In The Mood by Rush, Immigrant Song by Zep, and Black Sabbath by, well who else, right? We play our 3 songs and get off the stage and go about our business. The next day, the 4 of us get called to the office to find out we were facing suspension and possible arrest if we "play that Satanic song" again for night 2. We swapped Black Sabbath for Paranoid and things were fine....until the next week when all the spawn of uptight Iowa started harassing us in the hallways on Monday. We simply admitted we were devil worshipers and they quit talking to all of us...for 28 years....and I don't miss a single one of them. I still am in contact with the other 3, and I see many of my former detractors on social media, but I turn a blind eye and keep to myself. They probably don't even remember.
     
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    I saw Black Sabbath in 1978 at the Hulman Civic Center in Terre Haute, IN. Van Halen was the warm up band.
     
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    I was growing silicon crystals to pay my way through college when this album came out. We were the unique weekend shift composed completely of engineering students growing 24 crystals at a time, so we could bring in a stereo system and rock out (weekday shifts were the normal production 40 hour week crews with frumpy managers:lol:). Everytime we played this album, some of the crystals would die. It took us awhile to make the connection, but we all learned a special ingredient that Black Sabbath had.

    I had all of their albums.:cool:
     
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    I liked the whole album. In my opinion they never topped it. It wasn't the heavy metal thrash that came later. It was more blues that was cranked to the limit.
     
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    No, Smoke on the Water goes dun....dunnnn....dunnnnnnn. He wrote dun....dunnnnnnn....dunnnn, which is clearly Black Sabbath.
     
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    Smoke on the Water is dunnn...dunnn...dunnn
    Black Sabbath is dunnn...dunnn...dunnnnnnnn:cool:
     
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    As I went to click on the video above, my PC crashed with a Blue Screen of Death.
    Tis the work of Satan I tell ye!
    (or that cheap video card I bought on eBay)
     
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    They should have called that first album,

    "Harbingers of Doom"

    'cuz Doom bands became doomier and doomier in subsequent decades.
     
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    seems like yesterday.bought the album without hearing it beforehand.blew my 13yr old mind.scared my little sister,lol.
     
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    The spooky/terrifying/ominous/dark aspect of their whole thing?

    it was a bit.

    a gimmick.

    pre-conceived.

    thought out.

    A way to stand out.

    I am the world’s second biggest Black Sabbath fan, but I have done my share of reading interviews with the band members and - they all say the same thing.


    They were one of hundreds of boo-gay blooze bands over there and - they took the road less traveled.

    and music and all of us are better for it.
     
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    You all have it all wrong
    Smoke on the water is DUNNN DUNNN DUNNN
    Black Sabbath is DUUUUNNNN DUUUNNN DUUUUUNNNN
    You have to pick really hard with really skinny strings to get that DUUUNNNN right.
    Almost a Boing!!!

    That album is still in my iTunes. My sister brought that home in 1970. Something about his tone captivated me way back then.

    As most of you probably remember, those 3 notes in that order summons the devil.
     
  13. thunderbyrd

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    the newest Guitar World just arrived and there's an interview with Tony. they asked him what musicians he would like to work with: Tom Jones.

    I would buy that record.
     
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    I listened to that on a couple times this week. Great album - definitely bluesy.
     
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    Bass Amp, small gauge Banjo Strings.
    Tommy has fake, plastic, fingertips from an accident where he worked.
    Regular strings cut through them.
    He had to make compromise after compromise to become a Guitar again after that.
    Huge part of why he ended up with his sound.

    To my ears, he made everybody else sound like thin air after that!
     
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