Black SabbathBlack Sabbath

Label:Warner Bros. Records – WS 1871, Warner Bros. Records – 1871
Vinyl, LP, Album, Pitman Pressing
Style:Hard Rock, Blues Rock


A1Black Sabbath6:20
A2The Wizard4:22
A3Wasp / Behind The Wall Of Sleep / Bassically / N.I.B.9:44
B1Wicked World4:30
B2A Bit Of Finger / Sleeping Village / Warning14:32

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"P" in runouts denotes a Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Pitman pressing.

This version has writing credits listed on 3 lines on both labels.
A different Pitman version with writing credits on 2 lines on both labels is here: Black Sabbath
A different Pitman version with writing credits on 3 lines on side A, and individual track writing credits on side B, is here: Black Sabbath

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Label): S39728
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Label): S39729
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout (Variant 1)): WS-1871 39728-1 [artisan logo]
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout (Variant 1)): WS-1871 39729-2 [artisan logo]
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout (Variant 2)): WS-1871-A 39728-1A / artisan symbol (etched)
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout (Variant 2)): WS-1871-B 39729-1A / artisan symbol (etched)
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout (Variant 3)): p WS-1871 39728-2 [artisan logo] A 31
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout (Variant 3)): p WS-1871 39729-3 [artisan logo] A 5

Other Versions (5 of 493)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Black Sabbath (LP, Album, Stereo, Phonodisc Ltd. Pressing, Gatefold)Vertigo, VertigoVO 6, 847 903 VTYUK1970
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Black Sabbath (LP, Album, Gatefold)Vertigo, VertigoVO 6, 847 903 VTYGermany1970
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Black Sabbath (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)Vertigo, Vertigo, VertigoVO 6, 847 903 VTY, 847.903 VTYFrance1970
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Black Sabbath (LP, Album, Record Made In Italy )Vertigo, VertigoVO 6, 847 903 VTYUK & Europe1970
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Black Sabbath (Cassette, Album)Vertigo7138 001France1970



  • mkesse's avatar
    My cousin gifted me this copy and I can’t thank him enough. As the previous reviewer said so perfectly, the separation in the tracks is startling, but I find I don’t need to raise the volume so high to experience it, and the roundness and growl of Geezer’s bass is so three dimensional, I just find myself cueing in on just that one track. I can do that for each instrument, in glee.
    • David__J's avatar
      Remember the days when you could walk into a Goodwill and score great records, cheap? That's where I found this pressing, Artisan logo and all. And in such fine condition I rarely play it. But boy howdy does it sound exquisite!

      Price paid? Fifty cents.
      • Vinyl-TP's avatar
        Edited 4 months ago
        I am lucky enough to have found a mint condition copy of this pressing and it is Absolutely Amazing! Quiet vinyl. Separation is astounding, as is the sound stage. I have their next 3 albums, as well, but those are remasters. This record makes those remasters sound like crap, in comparison! Every time I spin this I feel like I’m hearing Audiophile Sabbath.
        • dedean's avatar
          Hope this isn’t a dumb question, but what parts of the medleys are Wasp and A Bit of Finger? I get that BTWOS is the track before Bassically, cause Ozzy introduced that song with that title in a concert video from ‘70, and I assume Sleeping Village is at least the acoustic track before Warning, because the lyrics say “Sleeping village.”
          • jasonlollarwinder's avatar
            i bought this new around 73 the mix and master is an a- - dont get me wrong its really good but noy quite there
            super quiet
            • Claytonwg's avatar
              Looking to get a first pressing but can’t afford the UK vertigo. Is this the US first pressing??
              • Dead_Wax_Museum's avatar
                I couldn’t believe I scored this for under $50. I’m sure it was because of the condition of the jacket, which is in pretty rough shape, but the record is in excellent condition so I don’t care.

                Holy hell does this sound incredible. The mastering in this album is incredible. So dynamic and full. The bass booms and the highs are very articulate. The soundstage is nice and wide and imaging is awesome. I hope whoever mastered this got PAID. For being as old as it is and the jacket being in such horrible condition, I am shocked how little surface noise there is. No pops or clicks. Just some light crackling from age. A good wet cleaning will hopefully take care of most of that. So glad I decided to pick this up.
                • shappy1964's avatar
                  Edited one year ago
                  HOLY MOLLLLY! Dropped the needle on this US first press and was met with a stunning wall of sound so hot and amazing I couldn’t believe it! Bass SO punchy it will leave you with black eyes, just wow. Vocals massive, real and distortion free at the loudest volumes and I have it up LOUD. This pressing is an insane experience. Will disagree with earlier reviewers take, this US 1A/1A matrix easily beats my nm/nm Vertigo 1st press which is stunning in it’s own right.


                  About 9 months has passed since the above review but I decided to re-listen to both after Appleblossom88 sent me a message asking for the matrix, and could not believe the 1st US press beat the 1st UK press. My initial reaction to the US 1st was honest - what a KILLER pressing - but it was not a true A/B of both at the same time as I was comparing the UK from my memory of how the UK sounded months before. So here we go, a real A/B comparison this time

                  Ok - just compared side 2’s of my UK 1st and US 1st since those to me are the best sounding sides for each copy. Yes the song listings are different but the SOUND QUALITY is what I wanted to rate. The vinyl on both is ex/ex+ and there is no apparent groove wear on either.

                  UK Matrix:

                  Side 1: 420 13 4
                  Side 2: 420 19 16

                  It is not “Phillips” 1st press; on side B, VO 6 847 903 VTY is centered over 847 903 2Y; BLACK SABBATH is slightly to the right above VERTIGO, so could possibly be 2nd press but matrix and labels don’t exactly fit any of Discogs listings.

                  US Matrix:

                  T1 WS-1871 39728 - 1 (artisan logo) A5

                  T1 WS-1871 39729 - 1 (artisan logo) A

                  No exact listing on Discogs, but definitely a 1st press IMHO

                  Well what do ya know….

                  The UK 1st beats it! Not sure why I thought US was better last time, but the difference between the two while not dramatic, is obvious. The sound of the UK 1st is slightly bigger, slightly fuller and richer than the US 1st. That said, the US 1st is a ridiculously good sounding pressing, but the UK is THE ONE.

                  • fruff76's avatar
                    This could possibly be the best sounding album in my entire collection. That includes numerous MFSL, DCC, Acoustic Sounds reissues etc.
                    • bloodysabotagevol4's avatar
                      I have this and the WWA reissue that used the UK Vertigo stampers. This sounds just as good as the WWA. Now a UK Vertigo sounds tons better than this which is why I thought a WWA using Vertigo stampers would be better too. But I guess by the time WWA pressed there copies up with those original stampers the plates were worn out. Moral of the story unless you got the money to spend for an original UK Vertigo just buy this US first press it's not as good as that swirl but it holds it's own very well and it's not hundreds of dollars for a decent copy.


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