Album: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Release Date: Dec. 1, 1973
Recommended Listening: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Sabbra Cadabra, A National Acrobat, Spiral Architect
This December celebrates the 40th anniversary of Black Sabbath’s 5th studio album. This is the moment where Sabbath starting getting more in touch with their songwriting and writing much more intricate songs, almost becoming more progressive. They had also put a lot more emphasis on production, and the general sound of the album. At the time it was a great step forward for Sabbath, but Ozzy has stated in the past that this album was the beginning of the end for the original Sabbath line-up, and it’s hard to argue with him.
This album had gotten off to a rocky start in L.A. were they couldn’t right a thing and substance abuse was running wild in the band. They eventually went back to the U.K. and wrote and recorded the album at Clearwell Castle in The Forest of Dean. Guitarist Tony Iommi said this about being there:
“We rehearsed in the dungeons and it was really creepy but it had some atmosphere, it conjured up things, and stuff started coming out again”
Trivia: The band Led Zeppelin hung out with them in the castle and John Bonham had insisted on playing drums on the song “Sabbra Cadabra” but instead they just jammed on stuff never released. Also Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman recorded the keyboards on “Sabbra Cadabra.”