Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

Limited Edition Orange & Purple Splatter Vinyl LP Record

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Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is the fifth studio album by British hard rock band Black Sabbath, originally released in December 1973 via Vertigo Records in the UK and Warner Bros. Records in the US.

Considered the pioneers of heavy metal, Black Sabbath defined the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970) and Master of Reality (1971). Selling over 70 million records worldwide, Black Sabbath have been described as the "Greatest Metal Band" of all time by MTV, placing second in VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" list, and ranking at number 85 in Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". 

Recorded at Morgan Studios, London, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath continues to build of the stylistic changes Black Sabbath introduced on Vol. 4, incorporating synthesizers, strings, keyboards and more complex arrangements. Familiar heavy metal wonders like “A National Acrobat”, “Looking for Today”, and “Killing Yourself to Live” possess a confident maturity through thought-provoking lyrics and increased melodic sensibilities, while “Sabbra Cadabra”, “Who Are You?” and “Spiral Architect” incorporated both synthesizers (courtesy of Yes legend Rick Wakeman) and orchestral arrangements to great effect.

Drew Struzan (who would later create the iconic cover to Alice Cooper's Welcome to My Nightmare LP) was the artist requested to do the cover painting, under the direction of Pacific Eye & Ear's Ernie Cefalu. The idea behind the artwork was to depict a man dying a horrible death on the front cover, and on the back cover the same man dying a "good" death. It depicts a man on a bed, seemingly having a nightmare or a vision of being attacked by demons in human form. At the top of the bed is a large skull with long, outstretched arms and 666 (the Number of the Beast) written below it. The other side of the album features the opposite of the front cover. In his autobiography Osbourne enthuses, "I fucking loved that cover." The Sabbath Bloody Sabbath artwork continued the Sabbath tradition of offering provocative covers.

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath was certified Platinum in the US and Gold in the UK and Canada, and was the band's first album to earn favourable reviews in the mainstream press, with Rolling Stone calling the album "an extraordinarily gripping affair", and "nothing less than a complete success". The album reached #4 on the UK and #11 on the US Billboard 200 Albums charts.

This album is a 2021 limited edition reissue of 2,500 copies on orange and purple splatter coloured vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve with a printed inner sleeve, pressed in Europe via Sanctuary Records and BMG.

(13275)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

5:43

A2

A National Acrobat

6:12

A3

Fluff

4:05

A4

Sabbra Cadabra

5:53

B1

Killing Yourself To Live

5:39

B2

Who Are You?

4:10

B3

Looking For Today

4:58

B4

Spiral Architect

5:29

SKU 13275
Record Label Sanctuary Records
Label / Model # BMG
Catalogue Number BMGCAT484CLP
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 24 September 2021
Original Release Date (Year) 01 December 1974
Barcode # 4050538680331
Shipping Weight 0.3600kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Orange with Purple Splatter Coloured Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Printed Inner Sleeve, Reissue, Limited Edition of 2500 Copies Worldwide
Vinyl Colour Splatter
Genre Hard Rock & Metal
Format VINYL LP

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