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?