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Black Sabbath/Live Evil(1982)

Gotta love Crazy ex’s!

April 1979 and  Ozzy get’s the boot from Black Sabbath and Sabbath went and hired Ronnie James Dio as the Ozzman’s replacement!

In this corner you have Ozzy Osbourne(ex Black Sabbath singer) and in the far corner you have Black Sabbath (with than current vocalist) Ronnie James Dio. 

April of 1980 Sabbath release the Dio fronted Heaven and Hell album. Ozzy counters in Sept of 1980 with the release his debut album Blizzard of Ozz. 

November 4th 1981 Sabbath releases the Mob Rules album while just 3 short days later(Nov 7th 1981)  Ozzy rolls out his second solo album Diary of A Madman.

December 1982 Ozzy puts out the double live Speak of The Devil album which features all Sabbath tracks.(Ozzy to his credit said the record company wanted a double live album of late guitar hero Randy Rhoads  but Ozzy quashed it saying there was going to be no cash grab as Randy had died just six months earlier in March of 1982)

Also in December of 1982 Sabbath put out their own double live album titled Live Evil. (Great cover as well)

Haha..these guys(Ozzy and Sabbath) took pissy pants to whole other level as one was trying to outdo the other with releasing albums the same month and even days apart. Silly Old  Farts!

Anyways Dio and Sabbath put out a pretty good document of the Mob Rules tour with Live Evil but during the mixing of this album both Dio and drummer Vinnie Appice exited Sabbath and in the band it was two Americans (Dio and Appice) vs two Brits(Iommi and Butler).  A Black Sabbath Royal Rumble with accusations and turmoil in regards to stuff being tweaked in the studio when the two other guys weren’t around. On Live Evil  Ronnie James Dio is listed as just Ronnie Dio and  Vinny while he was credited as a full-time member on the studio Mob Rules album but come  on Live Evil Vinny falls under the Special Thanks category.

Well it’s safe to safe to say Geezer and Tony wanted to stir things up now …

Having said that…

Live Evil though is a great listen even in 2017 and to be honest I enjoyed this album more now in 2017 than in 1982 (Thanks Aaron). 14 tracks all together. 8 of the track are from the fronted Dio albums and I can tell you all that the songs Neon Knights/Mob Rules/Childern of The Sea /Voodoo/Sign of The Southern  Cross are all played brilliantly.

Ronnie does justice on the Ozzy tracks and I admit back in 1982/83 it took a while to wrap my noggin on how Ronnie sang songs like Black Sabbath/NIB/War Pigs/Iron Man but he pulls it off on his own terms.

Amazing how in the span of just under 2 short years(1980-82) Dio/Appice’s tenure in Sabbath would be done with two studio and one live album under their belts….

Of course Dio/Appice return to Sabbath in 1992 with the Dehumanizer album but by late 1992 Dio/Appice are out again.

Until…

2006 when Dio/Appice hooked up once again with Butler/Iommi (this time calling themselves Heaven and Hell instead of Black Sabbath)until Ronnie’s untimely passing in 2010….

 

Heaven&Hell/Live From Radio City Music Hall(2007)

The Great Ronnie James Dio(RIP) once again hooked up with pals Tony Iommi/Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice to have another go round of Dio fronted Sabbath. 

The only catch is this time they were calling themselves Heaven And Hell not Black Sabbath perhaps due to legal stuff who knows but any hard rock music listener will know the deal!

When I reviewed the  epic Mob Rules(1981) this incarnation of the band was my first introduction to Black Sabbath and I just loved and still do the Mob Rules album as sometimes those first listens to a certain period of a band just resonates with you the listener just a little more!

Special thanks to our family member…Fender The Wonder Dog whom hung out with me on a Sunday afternoon while I scribbled this review!

Of course as soon as dug Dio Sabbath RJD split and released the epic solo album Holy Diver(1983) and from there in the early 90’s Ronnie once again hooked up with these guys for the Dehumanizer (1992) album and of course that went down in flames as well….

But….

2007 and the Sabs….er I mean Heaven And Hell are back in town, well Radio City in NYC that is and they record a Live Album. So following the purchase of a Dio/Sabbath Greatest Hits set to coincide with the Tour here comes once the tour winds down the live album and Deke’s is up for it!!

Disc One
No. Title Length
1. “E5150/After All (The Dead)” (Dio, Iommi, Butler) 8:30
2. “The Mob Rules” (Dio, Iommi, Butler) 4:04
3. “Children of the Sea” 6:52
4. “Lady Evil” 5:20
5. “I” (Dio, Iommi, Butler) 6:27
6. “The Sign of the Southern Cross” (Dio, Iommi, Butler) 9:06
7. “Voodoo” (Dio, Iommi, Butler) 7:42
8. “The Devil Cried” (Dio, Iommi) 11:40

Disc two
No. Title Length
1. “Computer God” (Dio, Iommi, Butler) 6:41
2. “Falling Off the Edge of the World” (Dio, Iommi, Butler) 5:45
3. “Shadow of the Wind” (Dio, Iommi) 6:05
4. “Die Young” 7:44
5. “Heaven and Hell” 15:15
6. “Lonely Is the Word” 6:48
7. “Neon Knights”

This album is chalk full of Huge and I mean Huge Bombastic Iommi Riffs and man I just  dig the Sabbath Sludge crawl of opener After All which upon first listen is kinda of a head scratcher but this is there deal and they’re gonna do what they wanna do! Pay your $6.66 to the bus driver folks as Ronnie and Crew are taking us on a one way trip to Hell! Crazy opener but cool!

The next 6 songs that follow…Mob Rules/Childern Of The Sea/Lady Evil/I/ The Sign Of The Southern Cross and Voodoo are classic Ronnie Sabbath. The songs have a quicker tempo than any of the Ozzy era led Sabbath for the most part and perhaps it was a calculated move back in 1980 when Ronnie joined. Shake  up the Sabbath song structure retool it for the 80’s. New band …New set of rules. Sounds like to me anyways especially the track Mob Rules with Appice driving the beat forward folks and the guy is a monster on the drums on this show as well as he gets the complimentary drum solo on The Devil  Cried.(one of the new tracks that was on the Dio Sabbath Comp)

Disc 2 opens with Computer God from the Dehumanizer album and this is another one of my Dio Sabbath Fav’s. Sure it trucks along at a snail’s pace at times but when the chorus kicks in it’s all bets off with Geezers grumbling Bass. Vinny smashing the cymbals while Tony hooks it altogether musically with his King OF Doom Riffs. Ronnie harness it all in with the vocals!

Cool that these guys don’t play for years together yet when they put there issues aside it’s like a step has never been skipped! This album proves that as they fire away at Die Young along with a 15 minute sing along with Satan on Heaven And Hell  and to finish things up a big round of blast off with Neon Knights! Neon Knights is a huge fireball of speed riff’s  and drums that are rocking off the Highway To Hell!

This is a fantastic live record ….

Black Sabbath/The End -Tour Edition (2016)

When Sabbath announced  The End Tour it’s going to be The End for Sabbath. One of the coolest ideas that became a reality was the fact that Sabbath was gonna release a 8 song EP to coincide with the tour and it was going to be sold only  at the shows in physical copy! That means no ITunes for me! Not available in the stores or anywhere only at the shows! That’s it!

The End Tour began in Omaha Nebraska and the posts on FaceCrack by people attending the show wasn’t about the show itself but the fact that there was no CD copies of The End for sale! Who cares that Ozzy and company just blazed your sleepy city with 100 minutes of pulsating Doom but more like “Where’s The Discs?” Hahahaha….

Now you could say I’m being brutal here but hey folks I flew out to Vancouver from Thunder Bay(3,025 Km or 1,880 Miles)  to see this show and it got postponed (Ozzy pulled the chute due to Sinusitis or whatever)  so not only did I not get the CD I got zip! Hahaha..still had a great time in VanCity you all know that but yeah I would have traded the CDs in for a Sabbath show that night! Be careful what you wish for!

After the Omaha show Chicago was the second date on The End Tour and there were CD’s for sale going for $30 U.S a pop at the show. One guy being the entrepreneur bought some copies took pics of them at the show and dumped them on eBay and they sold quick. Something like over $200 U.S a copy! Holy Crap!

Aaron at the KMA has very graciously shared this EP with me and for one thing there calling it a EP that clocks in at almost 50 minutes for 8 songs! Man,that’s like two full length  old school Roth  Halen albums combined!

So the album  titled simply THE END-Tour Edition is split into 4 Studio Songs(songs written around the mighty 13 album sessions) and 4 Live Songs(1 recorded in Australia,1 recorded in New Zealand and 2 Songs from fellow blogger ‘Bop’s’ backyard of Hamilton Ontario from 2013)

Cast Of Characters-Ozzy Osbourne,Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler

Must mention that the 4 studio tracks the drummer that appears on them is Brad Wilk!

Tommy Clufetos does the drumming on the 4 Live tracks!

The first studio track SEASON OF THE DEAD begins with that slow Sab crawl off timing a Tinge Of Doom added to start the proceedings. Ozzy starts and its Ozzy folks no one sounds like this guy. Say what you want about his singing but when you hear him you know its him! His voice is tailor-made for this vibe and Season Of The Dead is a 8 minute stomp! Super Duper cool drumming by Wilk as well as Geezers bass tone is dope sick good! Tony as always thunders his riffs through his Laney cabinets and Rick Rubin (producer) makes it sound ohhhh soooo good!

Followed by CRY ALL NIGHT which stomps out of the gate and picks up steam as Iommi punches the gas on a wah pedal and Cry All Night is a straight ahead Sab punch to the throat rocker! Real glad that Ozzy and company have made this music available! Well kinda…

TAKE ME HOME starts off with a loud thud times 4 as bass/drums and guitars are locked tightly together. Ozzy sings a great tune and Geezer’s Bass is jacked as the bottom end rumblings of the mans Bass is friggin huge! Take Me Home is a well written song and kudos to these guys especially as Iommi tosses down a classical guitar like solo with Geezer and Brad Wilk keep the proceedings moving along nice thank you very much!

Rounding off the studio tracks is ISOLATED MAN. Brad Wilk man! What can you say about this guys drumming? This track especially when Tony goes into his solo and Geezer and Wilk are left to their own devices and its such a great groove they lay under Iommi! Geezers bass just rumbles underneath Wilks rolls and cymbal smashing. Ozzy with his double tracked voice one sounding sinister.one sounding like Ozzy(ha) is great for this track! great fuggin song! That rhythm jam out between Iommi/Butler/Wilk is Sonic Gold!

Kinda weird that these might be the last 4 Sabbath Studio Tracks Ever! I would say yeah they probably are due to the fact with 13 going Number 1 in many countries how could they top that after 45 years? Exactly you can’t…

If this is indeed The End what a ripping good way to end your studio career! Bravo Sabbath!

Now onto the Live Goodies….

GOD IS DEAD recorded live in Sydney Australia in 2013 just starts and chills out the crowd sleepy satanic like power that puts the listener into the Sab abyss and you are not getting out! God Is Dead is a rocker and for the first 5 minutes its just that Sab Sludge which we all love until Ozz hollers Jump and BOOM the Sabbs kick into overdrive with Tommy smashing  cymbals,Geezer running his fingers all over the bass and Tony flinging lightening bolts of riffs and boom Ozzy’ s back to telling us all that God Is Dead!

How about an old school 70s throwback to UNDER THE SUN From Auckland New Zealand. Under The Sun is a great song and its out of the classic  Sab catalogue! By that I  mean it starts off one way-Chill and ramps up and I gotta say what a great Fackin drummer Clufetos is! He takes this song and drives it forward man. Who cares if he’s playing Bill Wards parts. Tommy though is like the engine room of Sabbath and you think Geezer and Tony would stand for a sub par drummer? Mmmmm not happening! Added bonus is the real cool guitar feed backing live..I love that shit. Under The Sun is one of those great songs has many tempo changes and some awesome playing and even Ozz lays down a real good  vocal live. Seriously! Kinda make you want to stomp around kinda like doing a Doom Like Jig!

I gotta say this version of END OF BEGINNING from Hamilton Ontario is a complete monster of a performance! It’s Sabbath heavy with a sonic assault to the head. So it starts with a creepy vibe but as the song chugs along it picks up and shifts into that Doom Gear and man when Ozzy hollers ‘Jump’ and the boys behind  him launch into that Sabbath rocket this song just goes into another stratosphere. Iommi plays a blistering solo here and I love how he shifts to a melodic tone as Oz sings the ‘its alright,its ok’ line. What a friggin great tune! Posted the actual you tube video of this song recorded that night in Hamilton that is on the cd and I tell you what they did not doctor this bad boy up in the studio.Kudos to the person that filmed this as he focuses on Ozzy when he’s singing,Bulter riffing like a lunatic on his bass,Iommi during his solos and Tommy mashing about on his drums! Well done!

 So the last track live is once again from Hamilton and there’s Ozzy thanking  the crowd for “putting 13 at #1 in Canada!” Ozzy starts chirping “Cuckoo” a few times to the  crowd before the Sabs launch into Age Of Reason. With all Sabbath songs a certain per cent has to have a bunch of doom,plodding riffs. Tommy starts the song off and Geezer and Tony on cue sludge it forward even at the centre of the song it has the big epic keys like synth pushing and adding atmosphere to the party. Love how the song ramps up and chills the Frigg  back down! These guys are Masters Of Reality. Ozzy telling the crowd he loves them and Iommi just solos into his own Blizzard Of Sabbathness! Pure Genius!

This album is a worthwhile score if you come across it at one of there shows!

 

 

Black Sabbath/Never Say Die(1978)

Well folks this brings to an end my Sabbath January Sabbath Posts! I hope you all enjoyed reading it much as I had blogging about these albums! They are fantastic pieces of work. Now there’s been a method to my madness for doing the 6 Ozzy only Sabbath albums. My good friend Metal Todd has very generously bought me a ticket (and a place to stay)to see Black Sabbath/Rival Sons February 3rd/2016  in Vancouver British  Columbia! Holy Frigg,Yeah I’m Going! (full show review will be blogged about) I’m stoked. So myself,Metal Todd,his wife Nicole and another friend of Metal Todd’s named Naisan are going!

It’s gonna be F*^kin Killer!

Thanks a million times over Metal Todd and Nic!

I’ve been real lucky over the years to see some real stellar all time great guitar players live such as  Joe Perry,Brad Whitford, Alex Lifeson,Eddie Van Halen,Ace Frehley,David Gilmour,Keith Richards,Ronnie Wood,Adrian Smith,Dave Murray,Janick Gers,Slash And Izzy,Kirk Hammett,James Hetfield and now Tony Iommi! Man,just to hear the King Of Doom riffs ply his craft live is gonna be a real mindblower for sure!

So what better way than to prep myself sonically for the show than to review these Ozzy albums! The 13 album that Sabbath released a few years back was I thought very good and I will review it at some point but I just wanted to focus on the 1970s version of studio Sabbath output for now.

Up to this point I had never done a full-out one month series of a certain band and it ended up being a good listening experience!

You gotta hand it to guys like Mike Ladano that will post fantastic written blogs exclusively on one band and do about 15 reviews in a row. I got to 6… haha….

Speaking of Mike check out his fantastic site and read his DVD review of the Never Say Die Tour! It’s a sneak attack Friday Special. Click here Folks…..

http://mikeladano.com

I also must mention that Aaron from The KMA listened to all the Motley Crue studio albums (7 or 8 at least maybe more) in a week! After that listening expeirience Aaron said one of the greatest one liners every stated about listening to all that Crue in a 7 day span! The quote was “I Feel Dirty And I Need To Take A Shower!”

Hahaha…

Ok enough babble……

Never Say Die is Ozzy’s swan song from 1970s Sabbath. By 1978 the wheels were coming off big time! There was a ton of issues big time with Ozzy who actually quit before the recording of Never Say Die and was replaced by some fella named Dave Walker but Ozzy returned to rejoin and record with the band. On the Never Say Die tour it was common to hear that openers Van Halen were giving Sabbath more than a  run for they’re  money shortly  after the tour Ozzy quit yet again. So I guess when it rains it pours …..

Technical Ecstasy (1976)was recorded in Miami(party,drugs,cartel and hookers are the first thing that come to my mind) whereas Never Say Die was recorded in Toronto in January of 1978(cold,colder,coldest and the Toronto Maple Laughs(Leafs) are the first things that come to my mind).

Does Sabbath have enough gas in the tank to punch out another album of greats? Mmmmmm let’s see….

NEVER SAY DIE-Sabbath nail Gold right off the bat! Listen to the video of this song that I posted as Bill Ward plays his role of Satan Jazz Drummer playing Heavy Metal! Holy Frigg the drums on this track are so good they shuffle at a clip and Its amazing. That’s just the drums folks! The rest of the lads Tony and Geezer lay it down with a real good mix of bass and guitar! Ozzy and his vocals are mixed perfectly here. Gone is the sterile studio sound of Technical Ecstasy replaced by a good studio sound. I have no idea why people bash this album but let’s continue on shall we?!

JOHNNY BLADE-a creepy Mr Crowley like keyboard opens Johnny Blade and before long Uncle Tony and his guitar ramble out of the gate. This is a pretty cool tune. Ozzy howls down during the chorus “Jooooohnny Blaaaaaade!” Bill and Geezer are locked n loaded and along for the ride!

JUNIOR’S EYES-I may need to be corrected here but I tend to think that this is the only Sabbath song ever just to have Geezer and Bill starting the tune off and keeping the bass and drums going right through the whole song in a mid tempo kind of  fashion as it’s Sabbath jamming and it’s a pretty decent song as well. Tony even cranks out some psychedelic like riffs.

SHOCK WAVE-Wow I just love this tune! It’s Happy Sabbath or would that be High Sabbath! Regardless this song has a real good verse and even a better chorus driven by Geezer’s bass and Ozzy’s lead vocal. Even Tony lays off the doom gas pedal and drives the song with a clean guitar tone.

HARD ROAD-This song a revved up Sabbath rocker. It trucks along  at a decent clip. Pretty cool song actually not sounding like Sabbath. Iommi plays a mean clean guitar while Geezer drives the bass along with Bill on the drums.

AIR DANCE-Freaky Sabby! Ozzy outs in space and this is one of those tracks that as a listener your thinking to yourself “WHUT?”.

OVER TO YOU- Kinda a different tune. Iommi though as like many a Sab tune starts it off and it’s a different kind of Sabbath. Different tempo changes as Bill does his jazz drum fills along with Geezer and Tony joining along for the ride. This tune at first I was like ???? Now I would rank it !!!! It’s a  grower for sure,give it a few spins kids!

BREAK OUT-Now where would we be without a Sabbath musical only song? Right! Ozzy gets the day off in Toronto and Geezer,Bill and Tony play what could almost be considered a Sabbath Stripper like tune! There’s horns and an off beat like stomp. Not a bad tune if you’re heading to a seedy late night hours bar!

SWINGING THE CHAIN-Bill Ward does the lead vocals here. I guess the deal with this  song was that Dave Walker who had replaced Ozzy for a little bit worked on this song with Geezer,Bill and Tony. When Ozzy came back to Sabbath to record he refused to sing this song as another  singer had worked on it! Ha! Goes to show you that Sabbath was just  writing enough material for their  albums and no more! I guess the album tour album tour etc cycle can catch up to Ya and in this case it does as there are no extra songs lying around. This tune is a mash-up of sounds even a distorted harmonica is heard(The Wizard? Ha!) I dunno I think the Sabbath gas tank is pretty much empty by this tune. It’s like “let’s get this over with and hit the pub!”

For the most part I really like Never Say Die.(5 – 6 Tunes I dig) To me in the Ozzy Sabbath catalogue it’s like what Done With Mirrors by Aerosmith is to Aero. Two albums by these two powerhouse acts and they don’t want to know about them!

For myself. I dig em tons and if you have been reading my Yammers (blogs as most people call them) than you know my utter dig fest for Done With Mirrors. I reviewed it and it’s floating around the site …Never Say Die is another one of those albums that if you give it some time will grow on Ya! Trust me!

FINAL YAMMER- For everyone that read,commented and just flat-out took the time to check out my Ozzy Sabbath Series thanks tons! What a real cool part of Metal History and I was glad to go along for the ride with Sabbath!

My first Ozzy related owned Ozzy Sabbath was Ozzy’s Classic Speak Of The Devil which you can click here and read about how it affected me as a young snot nosed kid…https://superdekes.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/sonic-waves-ozzy-osbournespeak-of-the-devil/

It’s amazing how many people love the first 4 albums and as  Mikey Ladano commented perhaps the essential first 6 many people would attest too being the Ultimate Sabbath.

I do have to say that Technical Ecstasy and Never Say Die were the two albums that surprised me the most. Now,I’m not a huge Sabbath expert like many others out there but Never Say Die kinda knocked my socks off especially the first 5 songs as like I said earlier is parallel to Aero’s Done With Mirrors. Kinda funny that to me both those albums songs tail off towards the end and that would be due to the bands being Hammered amongst other devices floating around at the time!

Still though there are points of genius amongst the songs like the tune’s  Never Say Die and Shock Wave and that’s due to the drive of Bill Wards drums. The cat just blew my mind with his drumming,percussion playing and singing the odd tune as well. Too bad currently him and Sabbath are on the outs with each other.

Geezer Butler and that fuzzed out NIB tone as  the dude set the bar for total bass jamming and riffing and let’s not forget that it was most likely Geezer who had a huge hand in the lyric writing as well.

Ozzy is Ozzy man! But you can hear how his voice had developed from album to album and got stronger as Sabbath went on in there recorded history.

Tony Iommi is the Sniper with guitar riffs of doom! The guy is legend and kudos to him as I have no idea how many various incarnations of Sabbath he had kept going through the 80s (Hello David Donato!) Tony plowed through and through and now were At The End as Sabbath are calling it a day and I hope they stick too  it being The End!

 

 

Black Sabbath/Technical Ecstasy (1976)

Interesting turn of events at Camp Sabbath as when Technical Ecstasy is released the production has changed. Gone is the wicked warmness audio of the first 6 albums replaced on Techinical Ecstasy a more kind of  sterile studio sound. Everything even the songs are a different kinda Sabbath. Still though what do you do in Sabbaths case? Do you keep doing  what you’re doing and people will call you out as your not changing it up (musically) or do you in fact change it up and people will still bust your chops about changing. This record for me is Sabbath in no man’s land. Trying to move forward yet still trying to keep the crack of the door a little open on there past!

Tony Iommi,Geezer Butler,Ozzy and Bill Ward recorded this in Miami! Say no more as I’m sure there was a wee bit of partying going on at Sabbath HQs and they probably realized at one point “Ummm we gotta get a album done!”

BACK STREET KIDS-Iommi nails a heavy riff and the fella’s as they always do join in. Think Hearts Barracuda  pace not that this sounds like it  just the tempo! BackStreet Kids is a great song except that Ozzys vocals are mixed trebly like and perhaps that due to the sound of the album in whole but especially this song. Ozzy sings the tale of being in a rock n roll band going from nothing to something. The middle point of the song has a good ol synth a roo making a cameo which sounds once again Who Quadraphonia like. BackStreet Kids gets the album off to a rocking start!

YOU WON’T CHANGE ME-Sabbath is right changing gears. You Won’t Change Me is almost a slowish tune that weaves in and out with different time changes.

ITS ALLRIGHT-Bill Ward does the lead vocal here and he’s got a pretty decent voice. Sabbath is getting technical here! Not resting on their past success. It’s Allright is a no frills track! Pretty decent actually.

GYPSY-Ward kicks off Gypsy with his drums and cymbals smashing around and Gypsy ramps Sabbath back up. But wait a minute this tune almost sounds like a mini rock opera as the song shifts gears slows down and brings a mid temp pace along with some keys. Gypsy is a real interesting track. A bit of it sounds like Sabbath and a bit doesn’t! Give these guys credit there baked from the sun recording in Miami and there still shaking things up! This is a great song! I posted the video so check out Miami Sabbath!

ALL MOVING PARTS(STAND STILL)-Love Iommi’s riff n roll on this song and hey there’s a creepy 70s synth seeping in the background. Nice pace by the boys here. You know Sabbath took on a ton of heat for this record but seriously these songs are good it’s funny even Sabbath disses some of this stuff!

ROCK N ROLL DOCTOR- Junkie Sabbath looking for a fix! The lyrics say it all. “If You Wanna Feel Groovy,Give The Doctor A Call,Doctor Rock Will Help You Anytime At All!” Hey readers! That’s the deal of this tune almost a throw together good time tune and that’s Miami talking I believe. Even dig the honky Tonk piano throughout the tune as well. Happy High Sabbath just wanting a good time!

SHE’S GONE-I guess the song Changes kinda affected Ozzy and Crew as they were trying to write chick songs at times succeeding and others sometimes falling short. Too be honest this one falls short I mean the stuff I think of Sabbath is heavy doom and gloom. You can’t blame Sabbath as they’re trying to channel their inner self through song! Whoah that’s deep! Ha!

DIRTY WOMAN-Wow! Sabbath ends their album with the 8 minute plus Dirty Woman workout! Basically tells the tale of Ozz wondering around looking to score and picking up a  Dirty Woman she don’t mess a round.(could be about Hook or Smack) Iommi,Butler and Ward pull out all the stops how about some big drums,loud guitars and pumping bass changing the song structure up and before you know back to all Sab hands on deck for a heavy metal workout with Bill smashing his double bass drums at a ferocious clip!

Techinical Ecstasy by all accounts is a pretty good album. I know for many out there it boils down to the first 4 Sabbath albums and fair enough. Some and from what I read  the critics bashed this one and the next one(Never Say Die) but as I pointed out earlier people sometimes have a hard time accepting change and perhaps these songs aren’t classics but for myself there pretty good especially if the production angle  could have used  had a little more liveness to it….

Never Say Die coming up on Freaky Friday….

 

 

 

Black Sabbath/Sabotage(1975)

Geez man that’s a Creepy Cover! Than again I shouldn’t say much myself as I’m a walking fashion diaster but Sabbath is not gonna make any Teeny Bopper Magazines circa  1975 like 16 or any of those print media publications with those crazy looking threads. What does matter though is that inside the sleeve is a Hard Rock continuation of classics put forth by Black Sabbath!

HOLE IN THE SKY-Sabbath on album number 6 kick out the jams with the Sabotage opener! Ozzy sounds like he’s about to bite the head of a bat here as his voice right off the hop is full of piss n vinegar mixed with a shot of Evil. Bill Ward drives the drums with cymbals a smashing almost Keith Moon like in approach. Iommi and Butler crank riff over riff.

DON’T START(TOO LATE)-Once the sonic opener of Hole In The Sky is finished here’s Tony and his acoustic are relaxing with a nice little piece of music to make everyone let there guard down than……BOOM INTO…..

SYMPTOM OF THE UNIVERSE-Bam!!! You want a menacing opening  kick you in the ass opening Riff? Symptom delivers just that! Iommi is on fire with his Gibson SG and what a set of chords to lead the charge. Geezer and Bill are locked n loaded and they just rock it real hard! Ozzys back and he’s taking us through the centuries. What a crazy good song as Bill goes all apeshit on his drums. Dig the quick start stop of the drums right before the solo. Sabbath is not losing steam at all if anything there gaining traction so what’s next?

MEGALOMANIA-Whoah! Megalomania is one big epic piece of Sabbath Prog Gone To Hell Rocka Rolla! Seriously this tune starts like your sitting in a castle with  Ozzy and your about to get your noggin cut off and in strolls Bill with some cowbell. Atmospheric is this song! Some real huge riffs and you can hear where Zakk Wylde(Ozzys solo guitarist) learnt from Iommi on this song! The band wails all over the musical map! This is a lesson taught by Four Professors(Iommi,Ward,Butler and Osbourne) who are polluted to the max but when Hells Bells rings at 12 Noon they open there Musical Lunchbox and school everyone on how Devil Prog is done! Gem I  Say!

THE THRILL OF IT ALL-Big time Riff driven song with Iommi in the drivers seat! The song stomps and I love the crunch of Tony’s guitar. Thrill Of It All at some points (middle point of the song) I hear some Who Like Synth creeping in to enhance the sonics.

SUPERTZAR-Do you really think we were gonna sneak out of a Sabbath album without a creepy sinister sounding song? Not on Sabotage folks! This is a piece of music that sounds like Hell has hit Disneyland! Tony’s guitar is huge but behind him is a wall of strings and a Choir that’s gonna give  you nightmares into next week. Sabbath Haunting Sabbath! This is a Ozzy less track of your wondering….

AM I GOING INSANE-The wheels are coming off the Sabs! Ozzy sings this song like he coming unglued at the seams and he probably was as all of Sabbath were. Geezer pounds a decent throbbing bass line that leads the tune into the looney bin! Kind of a psychadelic sounding Sabbath. Wirly Twirly vibes are on tap here.

THE WRIT-Cue Ozzy laughing at the beginning and laughing and laughing! The Writ is another huge chug of epicness! Over 8 minutes of Sabbath over the musical horizon. The Writ is a slow menacing track that weaves its way around different time changes and cue up some mandolin at one point and hop aboard with Geez,Bill,Tony and The Ozz as the good ship SS Sabbath leaves the port. The Writ Is where it’s at.

See you all back here next week for some (Technical) Ecstasy!

 

 

Black Sabbath/Sabbath Bloody Sabbath(1973)

This was the real first Sabbath album I heard courtesy of John Young (M.I.A) front to back back around the early 1980s or so. When I told you all about my first encounter with Sabbath was with Dave Cunis. He had all the Sabbath vinyl etc but my first actual listening expierence was Sabbath Bloody Sabbath so for that thanks John!

Tony,Ozzy,Geezer and Bill keep the Party Rollin with another classic Slab Of Metal along with a good dose of Party Treats!

You Bastards…..

SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH-What a opening riff! Bonafide classic! Tony nails this riff   right off the hop! Ozzy,Geezer and Bill join in a slam away at a awesome song that just builds and Ozzys vocals are real high here. Not that kinda high but high pitched as his singing just keeps getting better and better! Love the chill breakdown of the song and the buildup back of Tony’s guitar! Bill as he always does keeps everyone in check.” Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” sings Ozz followed by “Nothing More To Do. Living Just For Dying. Dying Just For You” Yup that’s to the point followed any another Iommi Classic burn on the fret board and Bill And Geezer roll out at real good end of the album jam….

A NATIONAL ACROBAT-Second song in and Sabbath is off into jam ville! This song shifts into a different gear. Less menacing than the opening title track. Still it’s Sabbath creeping along with a shot of sinister thrown in.

FLUFF- Time for Fluff! Keeping the traditon of chill-axing at Sabbath HQ’s Fluff is a Ozzy less (no vocal)piano and Iommi guitar driven mid tempo kind of tune! Fluff the title Sez it all …Light Devil Rock! Ha! Just like Solitude. The title says it all!

SABBRA  CADABRA-Awesome title. Sabbath Crank it back up to 10 and Bill does his Jazz Satan Like Swing Drum Fest and we’re off. Bill as you gathered by the other four previous albums is the Battery of the band leading the charge! Ozzy sounds good in this tune as he’s singing about some Voodoo Hoodoo Woman that’s on his mind. Tony Iommi is riffing at the end of each verse. Sabbath is rocking,make no mistake!

KILLING YOURSELF TO LIVE-I think next to the title track this is the second best tune on this album(my opinon). The song has a bunch of crazy demonic temple shifts and during the chorus I hear Soundgarden loud and clear! Why not right?! Sabbath Mach 1973 roll out a kinda deep down sludge(I’m not saying Grunge) creepy sleepy riff n roll and gives the world what we wanna hear! Killing Yourself To Live! Crank the video posted ! Listen to the song and tell me if I’m off  my rocker about the Soundgarden deal!

WHO ARE YOU-Wowzers this track is Sabbath jammimg around with a synth and man they are beyond Betty Crocker Baked! They are kinda messing around and who’s idea was this? Geezer was that you? Ha! These guys I give them credit as they were shaping different sonics  but man how high can you go? The song is just a spaced out tweaked out synth experience.

LOOKING FOR TODAY-After the Sabs unplug the synth they ramp back into Sabbath Single Land! Kinda,this has a almost dare I say it a poppy feel with some cool percussion but a kick in the pants by Satan to give it a boost into respectability. The tempo dictates a rapid speed rate for Sabbath.

SPIRAL ARCHITECT-End of the album Moody piece! It sweeps into a horizon of  full Sab landscape! Slow Cranky beginning…build’s up with the music with  Ozzy being Ozzy and Sabbath forging new Sonic Highways musically with themselves! Innovators and Originators Sabbath are!

Sabotage…..Coming up….

Black Sabbath/Vol 4(1972)

Continuing on. Vol 4 is indeed album number 4 from the Sabbaths and it’s a monster unto itself! Ozzy,Geezer,Tony and Bill are all at the top of there game and it’s surprising as when you read about this era of the band they were perhaps coming unglued. Perhaps else where but as far as the musical side of things are concerned there are no issues on Vol 4

 

WHEELS OF CONFUSION/THE STRAIGHTENER- Sabbath lays down the Devil Law as Ozzy tells us about how he was wondering around in his mind! Bill steps up right out of the gate with this track. You can tell that Sabbath dumped some dough into the sonics(production) of this album! Iommi’s guitar sounds jacked LOUD on this track! Total jam a Roo lots of of room with interplay between the drums and I think some gong smashes are mixed in there!

TOMORROWS DREAM-Oh yeah love the crunch of the guitar on this song! Mix it up with cowbell some tambourine and Tomorrow’s Dream is a straight no frills rocker! It’s such a great track! Lots of stops,quick starts and a melodic chorus and it sets it up nice into a Iommi solo! Bill and his percussion rule this tune!

CHANGES-Whoah is that Piano! Yeppers it is! It’s a Sabbath power ballad?!!? Strings included and Ozz nails a good vocal. Ozzy sings about going through Changes! Fair enough we all have gone through Changes at some point! Basically it’s like Ozzy Is hijacking Journeys Tour Bus and driving it straight into Hell!

FX-Is a bizarre 1 minute 44 second thing of wierdness! Different sounds  like a short bunch of F’n around in the studio…

SUPERNAUT-The Sabbath Audio Assault is back in full steam with Bill once again leading the charge! He was sooooo good on this album smashing the crap out of his drums and propelling Iommi and Butler into solos of greatness and Sabbath fools us as they at the 3 minute part go acoustic ditch the electric guitar while Bill is still going bonkers on the kit until Tony catches back up on the electric! Supernaut! Ha! More like a Sabbath Juggernaut!

SNOWBLIND-‘What You Get And What You See,Things Don’t Come Easily,Feeling Happy In My Pain,Icicles In My Brain (Cocaine)’ This is a great song it drives at a pace not too quick not to slow. Ozzy tosses down a deadly vocal while Geez,Bill and Tony slam it foward with some real cool twist and turns during the solo! Geezer especially could totally riff like a madman on the 4 string! The first time I heard the term Cocaine used in a tune was by Eric Clapton (it’s allright,all right ) but when I got the live copy of Speak Of The Devil by Ozzy in 1982 and he introduced Snowblind as a tune about Cocaine. Their lies the difference between Claptons Cocaine (happy happy) and Sabbaths (evil evil) I like Evil better! Ha!

CORNUCOPIA-Hey you wanna go to Hell? Talk about a demonic rip of a groove here! Sabbath than punches the gas and goes 110 in a 55 mph zone! Ozzys vocals here are real good on this album! The guitar is fuzzed up big time as Bill goes all Kamikaze on his Gong and hey Ozzy yells a ‘ALLRIGHT!” Yeah Ozzy were Allright! Love the tempo of this track! Mega time changes …

LAGUNA SUNRISE- Acoustic guitar is on tap here! Just another one of those Iommi guitar genius workouts with a bit of a helping of some sonic awareness with strings in the background.

ST VITUS DANCE-Happy Sabbath for a few brief seconds before Tony ramps some serious guitar. The percussion like I have said is a absolute must listen for anyone out there reading this! It’s sick and it’s too bad later on Bill went off the rails of the Crazy Train! But back in 72 Bill had the chops down pat!

UNDER THE SUN-Is a heavy trip and no one in this song is telling Ozzy what to do! No one believes in him except himself so he will kick your ass and once again Sabbath flex there musical muscle sumpreme and they are jacked to the nines on speed here as well as this song shifts gears gets nasty and leaves you wanting more….

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath…..next!

Black Sabbath/Master Of Reality(1971)

1971 and Sabbath by now have recorded three albums in the span of under 2 years. Master Of Reality keeps the Metal rolling full of everything you would love from Sabbath! More heavy riffs,lot’s of drums,rocking bass and Ozzy! What more do you want?

Keep On Smoking It….

SWEET LEAF- My buddy BMellis does a bang up impersonation in regards to the beginning of this tune (Ozzy Coughing ) Sweet Leaf lumbers out the gate with all of Sabbath trucking along. Ozzy sings the tale of rock n roll “When I First Met You…Didn’t Realize ” oh oh all aboard the Crazy Train! Want another round of Great Iommi Doom Riffs! The solo as well is mindblowing with Iommi plowing  away on his six string Gibson SG with Ward And Butler swerving all over the musical map. The  song before you know it delves right back into the verse! Pure brilliance! I love you Sweet Leeeeeeeeeeaf! That’s Ozzy saying it not me! Also full props for Bill Ward doing Gong smashes at a couple of points in the tune.

AFTER FOREVER-Wowzers this is a deadly kick ass track! Geezer and Tony lock up bass and guitars and are in serious musical metal mode here! This song is bonafide Sab Classic! It reeks utter coolness. Real cool bombastic riffs and Bill drives the bus with his drums and Ozzy kicks Religion in the pants with the lyrics. Speaking of the lyrics one half of the Greatest Hits Duo BMellis came strolling into our Staff Lounge at work recently and quoted the line from this song.” Would You Like To See The Pope On The End Of A Rope? Do You Think He’s A Fool?” Now for the record I bust his chops about Greatest Hits albums but I tell Ya I give him total Street  Cred on quoting a line from this tune! So BMellis the video posted is for you pal! Now BMellis, you can go back to Smashes Thrashes And Hits(Kiss) now! Ha!

EMBRYO-Short  little guitar interlude by Tony Iommi. Snazzy picking!

CHILDERN OF THE GRAVE-Sabbath digs deep and  kicks off Childern firing on all 4 Cylinders! Cool heavy groove a quick tempo (for Sabbath) and Ozzy delivers a great vocal! When it comes to Sabbath they can play any style albeit with a smattering of doom spread through out. Bill adds some extra percussion to enhance the Song! Bravo Billy!

ORCHID-Nice little Iommi picking on the six string! It’s cool that Tony could lay down huge bombastic bursts of Metal Riffs song after song but on the Sabbath albums he could take a minute or two and give everyones ear drums a rest. Orchid is that.

LORD OF THIS WORLD-Well so much for Chill! Sabbath ramp it back up and kick out the jams! Geezer plays licks galore while Bill and Tony lock up and Ozzy rips a pretty decent vocal and this being album 3 every album he’s improvng as a vocalist. It’s too bad that his zaniness in the 80s took away his deal as a lead vocalist as he has some serious vocal chops!

SOLITUDE-Is that! This is quiet Sabbath! We’re not gonna pound your senses all the time just most of the time! Kinda funny that they would actually name the tune Solitude and it be just that. Bill gets the night off in the  studio during the recording of this track. More time  for Bill to board the NightTrain and plow through a calvacade of Snow on the tracks! (If Ya Get My Drift!) Nice different picking styles by Tony.

INTO THE VOID-What a way to end the album. This is Slippery Sabbath the one that grooves the best! Into The Void builds up to the solo section where Geezer is flinging bass lines like Ozzy sniffing lines and Iommi just wails a absolute monster of a guitar solo! Into The Void! End of the album Gem! It grabs you,chokes you and pummels your senses into a wall of Sabbath Sonics! Just plain huge….

 

More Sabbath coming ….Vol 4….

 

Black Sabbath/Paranoid (1970)

My brother Todd (guitar) and Todd’s son(my nephew) Cambo on the drums! Iron Man done Tbay style!

Pretty impressive that Paranoid the followup to the debut (Black Sabbath) was released just 7 months later in 1970! Goes to show you when your rolling with your  thoughts  of creativity great things will happen and Paranoid from Ozzy,Geezer,Bill and Tony is just that! Bam! Just like that here’s another batch of Sabbath cooking with Witches at Black Masses! Ha! That was brutal but seriously lets get to it!

WAR PIGS-Wowzers can you say classic right out of the gate! Iommi and Ward lay a down a groove that punches you in the throat! Add on top of it a the wail of a siren added in and Heeeeeeeeere’s Ozzzzzzzzy! Boom, love the interplay between Ozzy and Bill on the drums during the verses! Ward smashing his drums,cymbals a smashing and huge Iommi power riffs make this an all time classic! Love how the solo builds and just tears your head off. The tempo changing is soooo good!

PARANOID-One of Metals most recognizable opening riffs if there ever was one! Iommi man what can Ya say! Paranoid speeds up like Aaron from The KMA downing a bottle of fine wine on a Saturday Night in Owen Sound! Geezer rolls the bass while Ward bashes along for the ride and Ozzy sings for his supper! Talk about a live staple at all Sabbath and Ozzy solo shows!

PLANET CARAVAN-Trippy slow vibe almost sounds like Bills beating the bongos. Nice chill blues like solo by Iommi while Ozzy is in space vocally.(literally sounds like that) Sabbah  here spread there wings and let everyone know that there’s gonna be song surprises along the way.

IRON MAN-This song lives on of course now with the Hollywood connection but back in 1970 Hollywood would have been scared of these guys! I mean as a rock fan who has not heard this tune! I Ammmmm Iron Man bellows Ozzy and Tony drains his guitar down to the depths of hell while Bill drives his kick drum pedal into the ground! Love the riff of this tune and per Sabbath protocol lets speed this tune up with Geezer flinging a millon bass riffs per second and than viola back to the opening riff! The video posted is  my brother (Todd) and his 4 year old son(my nephew) Cameron(I call him Cambo) jammimg a few bars of Iron Man up at my brothers jam shack! I love how Cambo smashes the cymbals and keeps everything in time! THIS IS THE GREATEST MUSIC  VIDEO EVER! Yup call me a proud Uncle DeKEs with a side order of bragging tossed in!

ELECTRIC FUNERAL-Funky Sabbath mixed with a ton of wah like guitar blasts while Bill ramps up the beat and Geezer and Tony go bonkers! You gotta love those slow build numbers during the verse’s and when it comes to the solo all bets are off and Tony,Geezer and Bill just go off on another level! Sabbath are the kings of this!

HAND OF DOOM-My buddy Brent Jensen told me when he seen Sabbath live a few years back he said when they  played Hand Of Doom it was crushing! Gotta agree this song has tons of hugeness! More of a slippery slope of Doom here at Sab 101 but put Yer Horns on we’re going to visit Uncle Lucifer! Considering its 1971 this is one mofo of a heavy album with snippets of calmness in the midst of a Blizzard Of Ozz! I should also point out that by album two gone are the long jams of the first album in its place are songs more tailor made for the masses who listen to Black Sabbath!

RAT SALAD-Quick musical only muscle workout with no Ozzy but as a added bonus Bill hammers down a drum solo in the studio no less. Tony and Geezer are also along for the ride here while Ozzy chill’s out..

FAIRIES WEAR BOOTS-Some nice relaxed picking from Iommi and it gets going with Ward leading the charge on the drums! Too much smoking and drinking will get to you Sez Ozzy! Ha! Does it ? Double Ha! Once again another real serious classic Sabbath tune! Drums rule on this track! The way Ward plays his drums it sometimes sounds like he’s a jazz drummer! A jazz drummer from Hell! We all know about Sabbath and Drugs but man say what you want they knew how to write classic songs, play exceptional patterns  and perform studio mastery under the influence of whatever it was…..

Up Next Master Of Reality…..