Black Sabbath: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973) Review

The fifth Black Sabbath album, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, hit record store shelves December 1, 1973. After a return to Los Angeles, California produced nothing other than cocaine abuse, the band returned to England. London’s Morgan Studios served as recording venue in September 1973. Another Vertigo album produced by Tony Iommi. At 42:35, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath squeezes into my perfect album listening length, but like many Sabbath albums, it feels long at times. A better album than the previous effort, but I’m not sure how good. I’ll give it fourth shelf status since I don’t do half shelves. Have you ever seen a half shelf?

The third track, an instrumental, is the worst of the album. It doesn’t fit and doesn’t have the traditional “Sabbath sound.” Of these eight tracks, three challenge for my favorite. I’ll go with the opener and album title track, “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.” I love the tempo change towards the end of the song. “A National Acrobat” follows, along with “Killing Yourself to Live.” I’m disappointed in “Sabbra Cadabra” as Metallica’s version is far superior. There are three true Black Sabbath albums left in this review project. How will the cocaine abuse of the last two albums effect the next three?

*All songs by Black Sabbath (Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, and John “Ozzy” Osbourne).

  1. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
  2. A National Acrobat
  3. Fluff
  4. Sabbra Cadabra
  5. Killing Yourself to Live
  6. Who Are You?
  7. Looking for Today
  8. Spiral Architect

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