Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Black Sabbath 

Black Box -- The Complete Original Black Sabbath 1970-1978

Wednesday, Jul 28 2004
Long before Ozzy Osbourne degenerated into an unwitting "Say No to Drugs" poster child, he was the haunting lead singer in one of the most super-heavy bands of all time. As the liner notes in this handsome eight-CD/ one-DVD box set attest, early Black Sabbath influenced every major metal band of the past three decades, from Judas Priest to Metallica to White Zombie. Tony Iommi's simple, brutal, catchy six-string riffs on familiar titles like "Sweet Leaf," "Iron Man," "War Pigs," "Children of the Grave," and "The Wizard" are instantly recognizable as the benchmarks of the genre. Sadly, all of these songs appear on the group's classic first few albums: Black Sabbath, Paranoid, and Master of Reality. With rare exceptions -- e.g., the title track to Sabbath Bloody Sabbath -- the material on the group's later recordings is wannabe rock-star drivel, which irrefutably proves that the higher you get, the farther you'll fall.

About The Author

Sam Prestianni


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed
  1. Most Popular


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"