Thursday, January 19, 2012

241. Black sabbath. Doomy Doom Doom Doom

Album: Black Sabbath
Artist: Black Sabbath
Genre: Heavy Metal
Year: 1970


1. Black Sabbath
2. The Wizard
3. Behind the Wall of Sleep
4. N.I.B.
5. Evil Woman
6. Sleeping Village
7. The Warning

Black Sabbath's first album was recorded in a day. I love albums like that. There's something to be said for the Sgt Peppers "lets spend the next two weeks really nailing down this songs outro" style of production but there's also something joyous about the idea of walking into a studio in the morning and leaving that night with an entire album in the can. I love Please Please Me and Bob Dylan, both of which take about as long to listen to as they did to make. And I like Black Sabbath a lot more than I like their more slickly crafted latter efforts.

The main problem with Black Sabbath is that the music might have taken a day to record but it sounds like the lyrics were all knocked off during the lunch break. Sabbath put together words like four year olds put together lego. I could cite lots of examples but my favourite is from Wicked World:

"They can put a man on the moon quite easy
while people here on earth are dying of old diseases"

If the mood your going for is doom-laden it's best not to make the lyrics unintentionally hilarious. And there's something about Ozzy's voice that makes bad lyrics that much funnier. Back in the sixties he was a musical force to be reckoned with and a compelling frontman but thanks to his more recent media efforts he's just funny old Ozzy who says silly things and has a silly family and is about as threatening as The Wiggles. It's hard to hear Black Sabbath and not think of new Ozzy stumbling around singing daft things.

Highlight: Black Sabbath.
Lowlight: The Warning

Influenced by: The Blues and minor keys
Influenced: Pretty much all Heavy Metal.

Favourite Amazon Customer Review Quote: "Cheesy, farty and, most of all, inept guitar solos, harmony and unison between guitar and bass, silly lyrics about Lucifer, portentous snare rolling from a man named Geezer, feedback for Britain - it's right here, literally with bells on."

-Farty? I love the idea of describing music as farty.

So is Black Sabbath your idea of greatness or not? Let me know below

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