Heh, this was the shit when I was a lad. So bad, in fact, I dared not speak the band's name around my conservative Catholic mother. Status Quo was fine, AC/DC were okay and even KISS got past her. But I had to rely on friends copies this classic in order to hear it.
I remember sitting on the front steps of my mate Mick's place after a long summer afternoon, sharing a sneaky cigarette and listening to music on his Dad's quadraphonic system. This was one of the LPs we'd listen to then and listening now takes me right back there.
I love that this record still makes me headbang even though I hardly have the long locks of youth to flay around like I used to do. It is, without a doubt, my favourite type of metal. And while there have been so many great bands after them and despite Ozzy parading his tragic family in front of television cameras for the world to see, there will only ever be one Black Sabbath.
VERDICT: TURN IT UP
So, when I was about 15 or so, there was a group of girls I went to school with and we used to get together every couple of weeks to smoke weed. We'd meet up at Bernie's place, more often than not, because she used to hold for us (plus we were buying the stuff off her brother) and we'd smoke and eat (her mother was the most amazing baker of pies) and play records. Mostly her brother's records. So there was Dark Side of the Moon and Kiss and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.
Then many years later there was a TV show called The Osbournes which both delighted and horrified me. And now there's re-listening to Paranoid, which made me realise, he had an amazing voice, didn't he? But apart from War Pigs (nearly eight minutes, that takes balls for an opening number) and Paranoid, I don't really know this album at all. And it's not really my kind of thing. But we need this in out collection. Gives us gravitas, I think.
VERDICT: TURN IT DOWN
For more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Sabbath but there's a bunch of fan sites, too