50 Years Ago Today: An Eerie, Seductive Sound is Born
Posted 13 February 2020 - 07:57 PM
Posted 13 February 2020 - 08:16 PM
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Posted 14 February 2020 - 02:00 AM
The album is special because it's the band's debut album. Black Sabbath's sound is unique, which is why people have been forever arguing over how to define it (heavy metal, psychedelic rock, etc.). The band gave rise to a sub-genre of rock & roll, be it Satanic rock, or Occult Rock or whatever people want to call it.
The band's sound and lyrics were immensely seductive to young people in the late 60's, who always loved a reason to reject Authority - especially the Catholic Church. Just by mentioning Satan or Lucifer, the band made their songs very attractive to young people. The heavy-blues rock music blended perfectly with the eerie, even scary lyrics that talked of Satan, Armageddon, and other horrors. It was a perfect album for the counter-culture of the late 60's and early 70's.
Posted 14 February 2020 - 03:01 AM
Agree to disagree.
Posted 14 February 2020 - 04:18 AM
Who cares? That opinion has absolutely nothing to do with this thread.
Posted 14 February 2020 - 09:14 AM
I like to say that they both came up with the sound at about the same time. Blue Cheer's contribution to defining early metal is not to be overlooked.
Posted 14 February 2020 - 09:22 AM
Objectively? Well I suppose one could point to the technical abilities of Ward, Iommi and Butler. That's about it.
Subjectively? If you like the sound those three created with Osbourne (in the running for my favorite band) then it was a fantastic collection of songs. It's not their best album, that will be celebrating its 50th a little later this year, but not too many bands released better debuts.
Posted 14 February 2020 - 10:52 AM
In 2005, All About Jazz interviewed drummer Bill Ward in a two part interview about the jazz influence here and here.
Edited by RushFanForever, 14 February 2020 - 10:56 AM.
Posted 14 February 2020 - 11:30 AM
Exactly. Ward added groove and nuance to the material. An EXCELLENT drummer. He added so much to the spookiness.You simply cannot engineer that sound that those 4 guys created organically.
Edited by chemistry1973, 14 February 2020 - 11:31 AM.
Posted 14 February 2020 - 01:52 PM
Ditto Helter Skelter by The Beatles and Communication Breakdown by Zep.
Posted 14 February 2020 - 01:54 PM
I consider the real Sabbath metal to start at my favorite album, MOR.
Posted 14 February 2020 - 02:06 PM
You can probably call Revolution metal as well.
Posted 14 February 2020 - 02:15 PM
Posted 14 February 2020 - 02:24 PM
he said "we were just a rock band man!!!"who knows if he still feels that way.
but it made me chuckle.
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