2 comments on “A guide to Black Sabbath, for dummies

  1. I think this is really interesting, and I agreed with most, if not all, of your commentary on these first eight albums. What I wonder is why you don’t think the Dio albums ‘count’. I know they’re clearly different from what was put forward with the first chunk of Black Sabbath albums, but at the same time, I can’t help but think that they aren’t negligible. Ultimately, in spite of the fact that the band’s line-up changed frequently after Ozzy’s departure, they made 3 albums with Dio, the first 2 of which I think demonstrate a distinct ‘era’ in the band’s history. Personally, I really enjoy them.

    • I had to reread the original post a bit. It is not simply that I do not believe that the albums on which Ronnie James Dio appeared count, as such. In my view, none of the albums released under the name Black Sabbath after 1978 are Black Sabbath. It is not merely a matter of whomever is performing the vocals (which, as I believe much of my writing makes clear, is the least important instrument in music to begin with). The simple fact of the matter is that the overall material from the entire band changed dramatically, and not for the better, after Ozzy went out on his solo career. The first six albums Black Sabbath made in particular set out a whole new path for other musicians to follow and walk down. After Ozzy was sacked, the band seemed to be trying too hard to conform to other peoples’ ideas of what they had made. Although Electric Wizard came much later, their output to date has shown a better understanding of Black Sabbath than Black Sabbath has since then. 😉

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