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. In 2013, the band released "13", their first studio album with Osbourne in 34 years. The band played their final live show in Birmingham, UK, on February 4, 2017. Although the band has announced that full-scale touring is done, Tony Iommi has stated that the door is still open for future music and possible live appearances.

Tony Iommi - 1968-2017

Ozzy Osbourne - 1968-1977, 1978-1979, 1997-2017
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, 1997-2017
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)
Brad Wilk - 2013 (studio only, not a full member)
Tommy Clufetos - 2012-2017 (live 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 - 2004-2017 (live only, not a full member)

Black Sabbath Discography


Black Sabbath Black Sabbath (Album, Single) Vertigo, Vertigo US 1970 Sell This Version
Black Sabbath Paranoid (Album) Vertigo Germany 1970 Sell This Version
Black Sabbath Master Of Reality (Album) Vertigo US 1971 Sell This Version
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Vol 4 (Album, Comp) Vertigo Canada 1972 Sell This Version
Black Sabbath Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Album) WWA Records UK 1973 Sell This Version
Black Sabbath Sabotage (Album) NEMS Australia 1975 Sell This Version
Black Sabbath Technical Ecstasy (Album) Vertigo Netherlands 1976 Sell This Version
Black Sabbath Never Say Die! (Album) Vertigo Japan 1978 Sell This Version
Black Sabbath Heaven And Hell (Album) Warner Bros. Records Japan 1980 Sell This Version
Black Sabbath Live At Last (Album) NEMS UK 1980 Sell This Version
306 Black Sabbath / Blue Oyster Cult* Black Sabbath / Blue Oyster Cult* - King Biscuit Flower Hour(2xLP, Transcription) DIR Broadcasting 306 US 1980 Sell This Version
Black Sabbath Mob Rules (Album) Warner Bros. Records France 1981 Sell This Version
Black Sabbath Live Evil (Album) Warner Bros. Records UK 1982 Sell This Version
Black Sabbath Captured Live! Rko Radio Networks US 1983 Sell This Version
Black Sabbath Born Again (Album) Vertigo, Vertigo US 1983 Sell This Version
Black Sabbath Featuring Tony Iommi Black Sabbath Featuring Tony Iommi - Seventh Star (Album) Warner Bros. Records Japan 1986 Sell This Version
Black Sabbath The Eternal Idol (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records Canada 1987 Sell This Version
Black Sabbath Headless Cross (Album) I.R.S. Metal, I.R.S. Metal South Korea 1989 Sell This Version
Black Sabbath Tyr (Album) I.R.S. Records Argentina 1990 Sell This Version
Black Sabbath Dehumanizer (Album) I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records Malaysia 1992 Sell This Version
Black Sabbath Cross Purposes (Album) I.R.S. Records Europe 1994 Sell This Version
Black Sabbath Cross Purposes - Live I.R.S. Records, Picture Music International, I.R.S. Records US 1995 Sell This Version
Black Sabbath Forbidden (Album) I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records UK 1995 Sell This Version
Black Sabbath Reunion (Album, EP) Epic Austria 1998 Sell This Version
Black Sabbath Past Lives (Album, Comp) Sanctuary Records, Divine Recordings (2) US 2002 Sell This Version

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December 22, 2016
edited 10 months ago
Black Sabbath kicked loose rock that's still setting off avalanches of creativity across the musical landscape, the harbingers of heavy metal in all its glory! Their phenomenal first four albums -- Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Master of Reality, and Vol. 4 -- remain the clearest articulations of heavy metal vocabulary to date. Bassist Geezer Butler, the man responsible for the lion's share of Sabbath's early hits, focused his lyrics on social ills, self-destructive behavior, fantasy and the occult, setting forth the primary concerns which continue to preoccupy Metal bands from velocity addicts Venom and Napalm Death to sludge fiends such as Monster Magnet. Lead guitarist Tony Iommi's loose tunings revolutionized the craft of electric guitar by uncovering unsuspected fuzzy depths. And, of course, Ozzy Osbourne's manic live performances introduced an element of pure theatricality that remains central to Metal's identity. Beginning with '75's Sabotage, Sabbath's credibility has been constantly imperiled by failed experiments in Prog-ish rock. With the exception of the Ronnie James Dio albums of the early '80s (Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules), the moments when Sabbath play up to their ability have been few and far between. Perhaps aware of this themselves, they convinced Ozzy to return to the fold in the late '90s for a series of penitential performances focusing on their glorious early material


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


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 7 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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