Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

Considered by many to be the first heavy metal band, Black Sabbath was formed in 1968 by Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward. The band's original name was the Polka Tulk Blues Band (later shortened to Polka Tulk) and later Earth before becoming Black Sabbath. The original line up lasted until 1979, after which Osbourne was fired and replaced by Ronnie James Dio. The line up changes would continue, with no line up remaining intact for consecutive studio releases. Throughout the changes, only Tony Iommi and keyboardist Geoff Nicholls, who also joined the band in 1979, would remain with Black Sabbath, although Nicholls would not always be credited as a full member. In 1997, Iommi, Butler, Ward, and Osbourne reunited, touring and releasing a live album in 1998, although a long-rumored studio release did not appear (the group attempted to record a new album in 2001 with producer Rick Rubin but the sessions were scrapped). After that, the group periodically reunited to tour with Ozzy's "Ozzfest" tour. In 2004, longtime keyboardist Geoff Nicholls was replaced by Adam Wakeman for an Ozzfest tour. No reason was given for the replacement. In 2006, the original line up was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame.

In 2007, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Ronnie James Dio, and drummer Vinny Appice (who were featured on 1981's "Mob Rules" and 1992's "Dehumanizer") announced that they would tour together as Heaven & Hell (2) (with Iommi, who owns the Black Sabbath name, deciding to keep the Black Sabbath name solely for the original line up in light of their Rock 'n' Roll HOF induction) to support a Dio-era greatest hits release, which also featured 3 new Dio/Iommi compositions. A brand new live album was released under the Heaven & Hell name that same year, followed by a studio album in 2009.

In 2009, Osbourne sued Iommi over control of the Black Sabbath name. The lawsuit was settled the following year. In late 2011, it was announced that the original line-up would be recording and touring. Shortly, afterward, Bill Ward dropped out, stating he had been given a contract that was "unsignable". The three remaining members opted to continue without him.

Tony Iommi

Ozzy Osbourne - 1968-1977, 1978-1979, 1997 - Present
Dave Walker - 1977-1978 (rehearsals and a TV appearance only)
Ronnie James Dio - 1979-1982, 1991-1992
Ian Gillan - 1983-1984
Glenn Hughes - 1985-1986
Ray Gillen - 1986-1987 (live only)
Tony Martin - 1987-1991, 1993-1996

Geezer Butler - 1968-1984, 1991-1994, 1997-Present
Craig Gruber - 1979 (rehearsals only while Butler contemplated leaving the band, the extent of his participation has been disputed)
Gordon Copley -1985 (rehearsals and one studio track only)
Dave "The Beast" Spitz - 1985-1986, 1987 (live appearances only in 1987)
Bob Daisley - 1987 (studio only)
Jo Bert - 1987 (live only)
Laurence Cottle - 1988 (studio only)
Neil Murray - 1989-1992, 1995-1996

Bill Ward - 1968-1980, 1983 (studio only in 1983), 1994 (live appearances), 1997-2011
Vinny Appice - 1981-1982, 1991-1992, 1998 (live only in 1998, filling in for a sick Bill Ward)
Bev Bevan - 1983-1984, 1987 (live only)
Eric Singer - 1985-1987
Terry Chimes - 1987-1988 (live only)
Cozy Powell - 1988-1991, 1994-1995
Bobby Rondinelli - 1993-1994, 1995 (live appearances only in 1995)
Mike Bordin - 1997 (live only, not a full member)
Tommy Clufetos - 2012-Present (live only, not a full member)
Brad Wilk - 2013 (studio only, not a full member)

Rick Wakeman - 1973 (studio only, not a full member)
Jezz Woodruffe - ?-1977 (not a full member)
Don Airey - 1978 (not a full member)
Geoff Nicholls - 1979-2004
Adam Wakeman - 2004-Present (live only, not a full member)

Black Sabbath Discography


WST 1871 B Black Sabbath Black Sabbath (Album, Single) Vertigo, Vertigo WST 1871 B US 1970 Sell This Version
6360 011 D, 6360 011 Black Sabbath Paranoid (Album) Vertigo 6360 011 D, 6360 011 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
WST 2562 Black Sabbath Master Of Reality (Album) Vertigo WST 2562 US 1971 Sell This Version
PHI-5129-8 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Vol 4 (Album, Comp) Vertigo PHI-5129-8 Philippines 1972 Sell This Version
WWC 005 Black Sabbath Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Album, MiniAlbum) WWA Records WWC 005 UK 1973 Sell This Version
6366 115 Black Sabbath Sabotage (Album) NEMS 6366 115 Germany 1975 Sell This Version
9124 100 Black Sabbath Technical Ecstasy (Album) Vertigo 9124 100 Netherlands 1976 Sell This Version
RJ-7380 Black Sabbath Never Say Die! (Album) Vertigo RJ-7380 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
6302 017, LPR 23023 Black Sabbath Heaven And Hell (Album) Warner Bros. Records 6302 017, LPR 23023 Mexico 1980 Sell This Version
BS 001, BS001 Black Sabbath Live At Last... (Album) Nems, Nems BS 001, BS001 UK 1980 Sell This Version
#306 Black Sabbath / Blue Oyster Cult* Black Sabbath / Blue Oyster Cult* - King Biscuit Flower Hour(2xLP, Transcription) King Biscuit Flower Hour #306 US 1980 Sell This Version
6302 119 Black Sabbath Mob Rules (Album) Vertigo 6302 119 France 1981 Sell This Version
SAB M 10 Black Sabbath Live Evil (Album) Warner Bros. Records SAB M 10 UK 1982 Sell This Version
9 23978-4 Black Sabbath Born Again (Album) Vertigo, Vertigo 9 23978-4 US 1983 Sell This Version
W4-25337 Black Sabbath Featuring Tony Iommi Black Sabbath Featuring Tony Iommi - Seventh Star (Album) Vertigo W4-25337 US 1986 Sell This Version
32PD-294 Black Sabbath The Eternal Idol (Album) Vertigo 32PD-294 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
264 24 1005 4 Black Sabbath Headless Cross (Album) I.R.S. Metal, I.R.S. Metal 264 24 1005 4 UK 1989 Sell This Version
64 241070 1 Black Sabbath Tyr (Album) I.R.S. Records 64 241070 1 Italy 1990 Sell This Version
TC 7131554 Black Sabbath Dehumanizer (Album) I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records TC 7131554 Malaysia 1992 Sell This Version
0777 7 13222 2 8 Black Sabbath Cross Purposes (Album) I.R.S. Records 0777 7 13222 2 8 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
7243 8 30069 22 Black Sabbath Cross Purposes - Live I.R.S. Records, Picture Music International 7243 8 30069 22 US 1995 Sell This Version
7243 8 30620 2 7 Black Sabbath Forbidden (Album) I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records 7243 8 30620 2 7 UK 1995 Sell This Version
M 69115 51 Black Sabbath Reunion (Album) Epic M 69115 51 Austria 1998 Sell This Version
06076-84562-2 Black Sabbath Past Lives (Album, Comp) Sanctuary Records, Divine Recordings (2) 06076-84562-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
RHM2 07735 Black Sabbath Live At Hammersmith Odeon (Album) Rhino Handmade RHM2 07735 US 2007 Sell This Version

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May 1, 2016
its fine to get great feeling. of mine one of the.


February 18, 2016
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Извините, господа, но по английски я не "бум-бум"


February 15, 2016
Who Invented Progressive Metal(Black Sabbath),Who Invented Funk Metal(Black Sabbath),Who Invented Power Metal(Black Sabbath),there's so many genres that Sabbath has made or influece that it's just amazing! \m/


February 15, 2016
Who Invented Heavy Metal(Black Sabbath),Who Invented Doom Metal(Black Sabbath),Who Invented Stoner Metal(Black Sabbath),Who Invented Hair METAL...(Black Sabbath),Who Invented Thrash Metal(Black Sabbath),Who Invented Even Christian Metal(Black Sabbath),Who Influenced Black Metal(Yes Even Sabbath,Just Listen To The Title Song's Lyrics BLACK SABBATH)Who Influenced DEATH METAL(Black Sabbath,Just Look At The Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Cover And It's Songs Lyrics),Who Influenced Even Punk Rock Somewhat(YES...Even Sabbath)


July 5, 2015
I want to reach out and touch the sky
I want to touch the sun
But I don't need to fly


September 29, 2014
Bit unfair not having Bill on the main pic. Does anyone have a better one?


February 14, 2014
It's so frustrating that people underrate albums with Tony Martin. Headless Cross is better album then Sabotage, Technical Ecstasy or Never Say Die. Tyr is also amazing album and Cross Purposes as well.


April 30, 2013
This band up till about Born Again was the best (I lump dehumanizer in with the dio era, not post born again) but i digress, the stuff after that is just watered down shit, and is pointless. The Ozzy era though, is absolutely essential Heavy Metal.


March 28, 2013
6 first albums.
A Mighty ERA.
Listening to this always give me the creeps.
If you love Rockn'roll and want the dark side of it.
This is the ultimate shit.
Listen to Supernaut and save your soul...



October 6, 2006
edited over 6 years ago
Absolutely essential Rock band. I know they're often perceived as a third-rate cheesy metal band, no thanks to Ozzy Osbourne's lame solo career and their own stream of worthless records since the mid-to-late 70s. But on their prime they just couldn't be beat. Tonny Iommy's ungodly guitar crunch and the overall dark vibe launched a thousand copycats. There's a reason acts such as Melvins, Nirvana, Sunn O)), Cathedral, Sleep, Daft Punk (yes!, they nicked the Iron Man intro for their very own The Brainwasher), Soundgarden, Godflesh, etc. are/were hugely influenced by these dudes!.

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