Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath (1970)

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“Black Sabbath” is a song by British heavy metal band of the same name, written in 1969 and released on the band’s debut album, Black Sabbath. In 1970, it was released as a four-track 12″ single, with “The Wizard” also on the A-side and “Evil Woman” and “Sleeping Village” on B-side, on the Philips Records label Vertigo. According to the band, the song was inspired by an experience that Geezer Butler had related to Ozzy Osbourne. In the days of Earth, Geezer Butler painted his apartment matte black, placed several inverted crucifixes, and put many pictures of Satan on the walls. Osbourne gave Butler a book about witchcraft. He read the book and placed the book on a shelf beside his bed before going to sleep. When he woke up, he claims he saw a large black figure standing at the end of his bed. The figure disappeared and Butler went to get the book, and it was gone. A version of this song from Black Sabbath’s first demo exists on the Ozzy Osbourne compilation album The Ozzman Cometh. The song has an extra verse with additional vocals before the bridge. It’s one of the band’s most frequently performed tracks, being featured on every single tour of their career.

[Inspired by Piotr Czarny – dedicated to Lars Top-Galia]

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