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Sabbath Bloody Sabbath


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  • Audio CD (Feb. 3 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002KET
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,236 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath
2. A National Acrobat
3. Fluff
4. Sabbra Cadabra
5. Killing Yourself To Live
6. Who Are You?
7. Looking For Today
8. Spiral Architect

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As if their dark lyrics and wall-of-sludge sound didn't already have an epic sweep, Black Sabbath braved an even more ambitious approach on Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, adding synthesizers and even strings to tracks such as "Who Are You?" and "Spiral Architect." But even without them, the Sabbath classics "Killing Yourself to Live," "National Acrobat," "Looking for Today," and the title track pack a thunderous sonic wallop. "Fluff," a bit of ponderous musing on acoustic guitar and keyboards, adds variety to the disc but brings the headbanging pleasure of the rest of the album to a screeching halt. Beyond that misstep, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is as slow and deliberate as a lava flow, and just as powerful. --Daniel Durchholz

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terrence J Reardon on June 20 2004
Format: Audio CD
Black Sabbath released their fifth album Sabbath Bloody Sabbath in January of 1974. This was another great album by one of hard rock/heavy metal's two creators(the other being Led Zeppelin) and Sabbath started experimenting more with this album. This was the band's first album on a small label which they would have issues with in England whilst the band were with the major label Warner Bros here in the US. The album was recorded at Clearwell Castle in Wales and the songs were as eerie as where it was recorded. I first got this album on cassette in July of 1994 and was blown away by how great it was and the version of this album on the Black Box buries the original Warner Bros CD and the 1996 Castle CD. The opening title cut is one of the best pieces the band ever recorded with frontman Ozzy Osbourne wailing away like he was possessed on this song. A National Acrobat follows and is another great rocker. We slow things down a bit with Tony Iommi's acoustic instrumental Fluff(just like Laguna Sunrise on 1972's Volume IV). The first half closes with the killer Sabbra Cadabra, which featured Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman on keyboards on this track. The second half beginner Killing Yourself to Live is another great song. Who Are You sees Sabbath going into somewhat Floyd territory with this piece. Looking for Today is another great song and the album's closer Spiral Architect is one of the band's best pieces ever and in fact the group performed this track on their 1997/98/99 reunion tours. This album went Gold in no time and was another Top 20 hit for the band here in the US at a time when things like John Denver, James Taylor and what not dominated music. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "quiveringthigh" on June 11 2004
Format: Audio CD
Love this! I mostly remember this on vinyl. I did a lot of LSD while experimenting with this volume. "A National Acrobat" is a GREAT song. Being a bass player, this song does a lot to get your fingers moving. "Sabra Cadabra" is a classic. I only wish they didn't execute the dreary ending. It is ok, but when the first half of the song ends, you are merely left with ashes. My all time favorite track is "Spiral Staircase". What a Beautiful song. I have enjoyed many psychedelic journeys with it. This is a must have for anyone that appreciates GOOD music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Blue Coyote on June 16 2004
Format: Audio CD
National Acrobat is one of the best Sabbath songs ever! Great riff. The boys took some chances on this album and in most cases they work! But beware this is not typical Sabbath...very melodic but it still rocks!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Skylar TOP 100 REVIEWER on Aug. 17 2009
Format: Audio CD
In 1973 in the UK and later 1974 in America Black Sabbath released "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" an experimental album going further than the original Sabbath sound of earlier albums. The change is not unappealing but fans will know by certain songs that it is an experimental album. And I'll say right know this experiment was well worth it. It gave us some amazing songs, except the title track and "Sabra Cadabra" (which Metallica covered on their Garage, Inc.album) most won't be the usual Sabbath you would hear on classic rock stations.

The band experimented with synthesers on "Who Are You?" they used an orchestra on "Spiral Architect" but it doesn't mean that there isn't any heavy Sabbath on it. In fact the album has one of their heaviest and best known songs with the title-track. Because a band experiments it doesn't mean they're selling-out or they suck, it certainly isn't the case with Black Sabbath, this album is one of their best. While some may say that this album isn't good or is a sell-out I disagree, I think it's a very strong album with some really great songs that every fan should like. I understand the band is known for the doom sound and all, after all I own and love those albums but I think at that point they needed something new. They did, and that's great the orchestra parts sound really good and create an ambiance without being overused and at times sounds brilliant and adds to the music.

And now for the songs. The title track is a monster, by far one of their heaviest songs and I can't imagine something this heavy for 1973! An absolute favourite and when Ozzy could do it, the end of the song was something epic. It's quite an album opener.
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By A Customer on May 26 2004
Format: Audio CD
Could "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" be the group's finest track? It's hard to decide, but it is certainly one of the greatest rock riffs/songs ever written. It even sounded great when the Cardigans covered it (omitting the cry "You bastards!" from the lyrics of course!)
The double guitar tracks in "A National Acrobat" are fantastic and I can't listen to Slayer without calling them to mind. "Fluff" is the by now standard instrumental track, whilst "Sabbra Cadabra" is a fast and lively affair, unlike the slow synth-background of "Who Are You?".
"Killing Yourself to Live" is a track whose lyrics are more relevant to the Ireland I subsist in today than at any other time. "Looking for Today" is a good track, and alongside tracks on the albums of most other groups would be the gem. It's one of the less interesting tracks on this album, not that it's bad - it's just not as brilliant as the others. The same can't be said for "Spiral Architect", which hooks you in lyrically and muscially. A fitting finale to a brilliant rock album.
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