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Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

Black Sabbath Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Sabbath's arguable greatest triumph 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Sabra Cadabra 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars It's bloody good! May 26 2004
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably their finest with Ozzy May 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1974.) Black Sabbath's fifth album.
By the middle of the seventies, Black Sabbath had managed to build up a pretty large following. Hard to believe the band, who was so heavily resented in their native England at first, would go on and become a legend of classic rock and heavy metal alike. Ozzy, Geezer, Bill, and Tony released their fifth album together circa 1974. Read on for my review of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.
This album features Black Sabbath finishing up the "creative slide" they had embarked on with their previous album, Vol. 4. But unlike Vol. 4, which was uneven and imbalanced all the way through, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is a rock and roll masterpiece (not to say the previous album was bad, but this one is the superior one of the two.) The title track and Sabbra Cadabra are legendary rockers that have become some of the band's biggest hits over the years - the latter song even features the great Rick Wakeman (best known for his role in Yes) on keyboards! Tony Iommi even shows off his little-appreciated acoustic side on the instrumental Fluff. Another noteworthy rocker that appears here is Spiral Architect. The lyrics here are excellent, as is the band's instrumental work. Through and through, this album explores many rock styles and performs each one with excellence. The album closes with Looking For Today, an excellent cut that starts hard and heavy, but closes out in a sound that fuses melodic elemets with rock-based ones. In the end you are left with a damn fine classic metal album.
THIS TEXT REFERS EXCLUSIVELY TO THE AMERICAN WARNER BROS. REISSUE. It's great that Warner Bros. has remastered and rereleased the Black Sabbath catalogue, but sadly, that's pretty much all they did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars for a fan a good option
for a fan this is one good album
Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece.
The Sabs highest level of songwriting and production. No metal band will ever come close to creating something like this again.
Published 5 months ago by dennis tokarsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect album except for Fluff
Sabbath's last great album with the exception of 1 lame instrumental. After this album the drugs really took their toll.
Published 7 months ago by Bobo
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic heavy metal album, enjoyable sound quality
A Classic heavy metal album, enjoyable sound quality.

I love this album and this SACD have made it really listenable.
Published 12 months ago by Ramin H. Sharifi
5.0 out of 5 stars BLACK-EST OF ALL SABBATH
This was a landmark album for Black Sabbath at the time of its release. After a string of successful releases from their debut album, Black Sabbath opted for a work that was, in... Read more
Published on March 16 2012 by B. C. Whitcomb
5.0 out of 5 stars "Living Just For Dying, Dying Just For You"-Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
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. Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2009 by Tommy Skylar
2.0 out of 5 stars Sabbath is losing focus.
This album showcases Black Sabbath's versatility, if by "versatility" you mean "ability to write terrible songs as well as good ones. Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by Ezra Claverie
4.0 out of 5 stars sabbath adds a little synth to their sound
Black sabbath in my opinion is the greatest hard rock band of all time. And with their fifth effort Sabbath bloody Sabbath they really stretched their sound. Read more
Published on June 2 2004 by Trudi A. Hutton
4.0 out of 5 stars Bloody good Sabbath
After all these years, the thundering dinosaur known as Black Sabbath can still claim a spot among the best rock bands of all time. Read more
Published on May 31 2004 by David Bonesteel
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