Now a proven commercial commodity, even if rock’s critical aristocracy chose not to acknowledge it, Black Sabbath had earned the benefit of a much larger budget and more time to make their third album, 1971's ‘Master of Reality,’ which the band gradually pieced together as they juggled increasing touring commitments.
Even though it lacks 'Paranoid''s incredible harvest of care
Frequently cited as the discerning Black Sabbath enthusiast’s all-time favorite album, ‘Vol. 4’ was recorded in sunny Los Angeles by a rising band that was already starting to unravel under the pressures of stardom, a punishing work schedule and escalating drug abuse (check out the live staple ‘Snowblind’ if you don't know which drug).
‘Vol. 4’ features everything Sabbath fans would die for:
By the mid '70s, Black Sabbath were getting used to careening across the globe for tour after tour at the mercy of their money-hungry handlers, some of whom would soon make off with untold millions from the band’s coffers, and making records. The band finally reconvened in the studio in early 1975 to make
‘Never Say Die!,’ the eighth and final Black Sabbath album fronted by Ozzy Osbourne (until 2013’s reunion record ’13’), was almost the first Black Sabbath album fronted by former Savoy Brown singer Dave Walker, who actually worked on new songs and made a BBC appearance with the band before Osbourne stepped back in.
But it doesn't matter much. The title track sounds promising at first, with its rousing and direct hard-rock attack. But repe
Singer Ronnie James Dio was driven to prove himself on 1980's 'Heaven and Hell,’ Black Sabbath’s first album to feature the former Rainbow vocalist as Ozzy Osbourne's replacement. It turned out to be the band's big comeback.
With Tony Iommi writing a topnotch set of modernized metal anthems