Before this record was released nobody had any idea who Black Sabbath was, and none of us had ever heard of Ozzy Osbourne.
They were an obscure working class band from the bowels of Great Britain and their thoughts on music culture were significantly different from what most people would consider to be “popular”. They were dark and edgy. The lyrics were not particularly great, either - they indulged in fairy stories and macabre weirdness, which was not a normal part of pop culture at the time.
Few (if any) critics liked it when it first came out, but a subculture of fans grew around the album, making it one of the most unpredictably influential albums of the early ‘70s. Say hello to ‘Heavy Metal’.
Featured tracks include;
Wasp/Behind the Wall of Sleep/Basically/N.I.B.
A Bit of Finger/Sleeping Village/Warning
February 1970 - Billboard Charted #88
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