Black Sabbath's Original Lineup: Vote for Your 3 Favorites

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  1. profholt82

    profholt82 Resident Blowhard Thread Starter

    Parts Unknown
    Choose your 3 favorites or the 3 that you consider the best of Black Sabbath's first 8 albums. This thread is concerned with the period (1968-1978) in which the band consisted of the original lineup of Tommy Iommi on guitar, Bill Ward on drums, Geezer Butler on bass and Ozzy Osbourne on vocals. Following 'Never Say Die,' Osbourne left the band, and they went through a series of different vocalists and have changed lineups a number of times in the years since. While they put out some very good records in these subsequent years, this thread is concerned with their original lineup and first decade of work.

    While I have always liked Sabbath to an extent, beyond 'Paranoid' and the radio hits, I had never delved much deeper into their catalogue until recently. And I have been very impressed by what I have heard. As a relative Sabbath noob, I would like to know which of their albums the knowledgable members here consider to be their best, and also which of their albums that are not regarded as highly. Please explain your choices or discuss which of their albums are not as good if you wish to, as I would love to hear your thoughts about their work.
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  2. SurrealCereal

    SurrealCereal Forum Resident

    I went with Paranoid, Master of Reality, and Vol. 4, but I could have just as easily picked Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.
  3. applebonkerz

    applebonkerz Forum Resident

    2, 3, and 4.
    1 would be fourth. Nothing else even close for me.
  4. Bowie Fett

    Bowie Fett Forum Resident

    Los Angeles, CA
    Tough decision...

    Black Sabbath
    Vol. 4
    Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
  5. GregM

    GregM Forum Resident

    Daddyland, CA
    I chose Sabotage, Vol IV and Master of Reality. I think the band thoroughly outdid itself with Sabotage as a distillation of everything that came before while taking it more than a few steps further. But the rawness of MoR and IV is certainly worth enjoying.

    I think the first six albums is a run unequalled in rock, except by Steely Dan's run in the '70s.
  6. dlokazip

    dlokazip Forum Transient

    Austin, TX, USA
    Master Of Reality and Black Sabbath are one and two respectively.

    Chose Sabbath Bloody Sabbath as third, but easily could have chosen Paranoid.
  7. Bowie Fett

    Bowie Fett Forum Resident

    Los Angeles, CA
    You can't go wrong with the first 5. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (5) is more diverse than the first 4. All 5 are gold.

    Sabotage (6) is a step down but still has many great moments.
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  8. dkmonroe

    dkmonroe A completely self-taught idiot

    The first three. No hesitation. Probably the three most-played LP's in my collection.
  9. Maurice

    Maurice Forum Resident

    North Yarmouth, ME
    Vol. 4, Paranoid, Master of Reality, in that order.
  10. S/T, Master of Reality and Sabotage. Paranoid is great, but overplayed in my youth so it did not get my vote. I still have a soft spot for Technical Ecstasy, but I think I would only rate it higher than Never Say Die and MAYBE Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. Volume 4 is in the middle of the pack for me.
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  11. Volume 4 -- Iommi, Geezer, and Ward pushed to the fore - a crash/bang/burn barnstormer of a heavy rock album. Ozzy's off-key yelps and screams are kept to a minimum thanks to the rhythm section and Iommi being pushed to the fore by a wonderful production and mix.
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  12. jon9091

    jon9091 Master Of Reality

    I'm sure Paranoid will win this handily, but I think they peaked on Sabotage...just a monster of an album, especially side 1. Second for me would be Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, followed by Vol 4. Obviously I go for their more experimental material.
    Sabbath was my favorite band growing up. I started with them when one of my older brothers gave me his copy of Paranoid. It kinda scared the crap out of me actually, but I was only 9 (it was 1970). Anyway, I got the first one later...and that one scared the crap outta me too. I waited impatiently for each from then on, and I think they got better and better with each album. Until....Technical Ecstacy. :thumbsdow Biggest disappointment I've ever had in an album. How could you go from The Rock and Roll Doctor? :help:
  13. Same here.
  14. pool_of_tears

    pool_of_tears Music Appreciator

    Eastern Iowa
    I agree...especially the first 2. After Master Of Reality...things get a bit patchy, here and there.
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  15. Tim1954

    Tim1954 Forum Resident

    Cincinnati, OH
    Yeah. Him and Johnny Page were awesome.
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  16. profholt82

    profholt82 Resident Blowhard Thread Starter

    Parts Unknown
    Hahaha :unhunh:
    Whoops, you got me.
  17. seed_drill

    seed_drill Forum Resident

    Tryon, NC, USA
    The Paranoid and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath are easy for me, but it's a tossup between Masters of Reality and Vol. 4.
  18. Centralscrutinizer

    Centralscrutinizer Forum Resident

    Vol 4, SBS and Sabotage for me. Master of Reality just missing out.
  19. Erik Tracy

    Erik Tracy Meet me at the Green Dragon for an ale

    San Diego, CA, USA
    Today is Thursday, so for today, I'd go with:
    * Paranoid (the awesome epicness of War Pigs is the essence of Sabbath, imho)
    * Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (National Acrobat is like tuning into an alien radio station and being sucked into bizarre)
    * Sabotage (age has proven this to be strong to the core)
  20. I wish A National Acrobat and the title track to SBS were on Volume 4.

    SBS (the album) goes downhill after the first 2 tracks IMHO.
  21. Tim1954

    Tim1954 Forum Resident

    Cincinnati, OH
    Yeah, "Killing Yourself To Live" ... "Spiral Architect" I mean.... what were they thinking!?
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  22. don't care for those tunes but more power to you.
  23. although Sabbra Cadabra has its moments.
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  24. Erik Tracy

    Erik Tracy Meet me at the Green Dragon for an ale

    San Diego, CA, USA
    4:08 into Killing Yourself to Live has some of the most mind crushing sonics laid down by Sabbath.

    I also really get into Looking for Today - a well crafted song. And Bill Ward sounds like he is using two of Thor's hammers on the percussive exit to this song.
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  25. Tim1954

    Tim1954 Forum Resident

    Cincinnati, OH
    We all have different taste, I think that's just the first time I've heard this opinion.

    I wonder when they used to open with "Killing Yourself To Live" how many fans used to turn to their mates and say, "You know, I don't care for this tune."

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