In 1974, Black Sabbath yet again, released another epic masterpiece, “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.” All of the experimentation up to this point has paid off for the band and in a big way. Building from the framework of “Vol. 4”, “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” just nails it musically. The music itself has become more complex and is a bit more polished, removing the rawness and gritty sound. This record adds more of the keyboards and sympathizer sounds. It adds a nice touch to the sound not interfering with the songs themselves.
This record takes all four of the previous records and uses the best elements of those records for the song structures on this record. In the end, this record becomes more melodic, more progressive, more atmospheric, and is much darker. The music tempos are more upbeat and even has a since of Classical music influence. This is diffidently the “High Water Mark” of the original line up.
The musicianship is great. The song structures are wonderfully balanced. Vocally, Ozzy is back on top of the world. He has much more range on this record. Tony Iommi’s style has become more progressive, but is still producing these fantastic riffs. His leads are all over this record. Bill Ward’s drumming is still on fire and providing those great drum lines, more so on this record than “Vol. 4.” Geezer Butler’s bass work is just fantastic. His bass adds that touch of heaviness that was lacking on “Vol. 4.” The quality of the music on this record, easily makes this record one of Black Sabbath’s greatest.
1. “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” 5:45
2. “A National Acrobat” 6:16
3. “Fluff” (Instrumental) 4:11
4. “Sabbra Cadabra” 5:59
5. “Killing Yourself to Live” 5:41
6. “Who Are You” 4:11
7. “Looking for Today” 5:06
8. “Spiral Architect” 5:29