Friday, November 10, 2006

Band Of The Week - Black Sabbath

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Back to my normal business, this weekend my selection of classic rock band is Black Sabbath. I'm sure many of you never heard this band before, Ok... they are the 'Godfather of Heavy Metal'. As usual, I selected some of my favorite songs to share with you all.

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Black Sabbath - Crazy Train

Black Sabbath - Paranoid

Black Sabbath - Iron Man

Black Sabbath - War Pigs

Black Sabbath are an English heavy metal band from Birmingham, England. The original band line up of Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Terence "Geezer" Butler (bass), and Bill Ward (drums) is the same as the current line up (2006) although there have been shifts of personnel in between.

From Left: Geezer Butler, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Bill Ward

Black Sabbath remains a dominant influence in the genre they helped create. VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock ranks them second, behind Led Zeppelin.

From left: Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, Tony Iommi

History (source from wikipedia)

Black Sabbath formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 under the name Polka Tulk Blues Band (soon shortened to "Polka Tulk"), and later Earth, playing blues rock and hard rock.

Black Sabbath has a unique sound that emerged from diverse influences. Iommi was greatly influenced both by Hank Marvin's playing on Cliff Richard and the Shadows' heavy-guitar based recordings and by jazz guitar, particularly that of Django Reinhardt. Tony Iommi left Earth/Black Sabbath for a short time to tour with Jethro Tull and is seen playing with Jethro Tull on the rolling stones rock N roll circus. Ward has also expressed a fondness for jazz music, especially drummers like Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. Geezer Butler cites bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce of British blues band Cream as a major influence on him: “He was the first player I ever saw who bent the strings and played the bass as a totally independent instrument”. Early incarnations of Black Sabbath merged elements of blues, jazz, and rock and paid their dues playing cover versions of songs by heavy rock acts including Jimi Hendrix, Blue Cheer, and the previously mentioned Cream. Osbourne says he was deeply influenced by The Beatles and his favourite album of all time is Revolver.


Current line-up

* Ozzy Osbourne - vocals
* Tony Iommi - lead and rhythm guitars
* Geezer Butler - bass guitar
* Bill Ward - drums

Ozzy Osbourne

Tony Iommi

Geezer Butler

Bill Ward


After repeatedly being passed over by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since becoming eligible in 1997, Ozzy Osbourne famously demanded that Black Sabbath be removed from consideration for the institution. In 1999, Osbourne said after Black Sabbath was passed over their second year of eligibility, "Just take our name off the list. Save the ink." His basis for this position was that because the fans did not select the members, it was "totally irrelevant". The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ignored this request and Black Sabbath was finally inducted by Metallica members James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich on March 13, 2006.

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath... The God Father of Heavy Metal Rock!!!

Happy Weekend!!!


SatanDuck said...

Love them. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath!

If you guys like SB, check out the tribute album "Nativity in Black"

AceOne said...

Wah, the songs I tarak tangkap bola!!

may said...

Ozzie Ozzie Ozzie!!
Oye Oye Oye!!

Kenny Ng said...

thanks for dropping by :)

u tangkap ikan can la... LOL

eh... i really supprise u know ozzy! very less gals know him.

Simple American said...

Crazy Train is just Ozzy Osbourne when he was solo. Not a big deal, unless they did it together under this current gathering of the band.

Got to mention Ronnie James Dio sang when Ozzy left em.

I never saw Black Sabbath. But I did see Ozzy and Dio both on the same day in September 1984. Both doing the the solo thing and quite well I might add. Both of these men know how to work a crowd. I love their efforts. Icons of all that is Metal and good. :)

Anonymous said...

eh eh? dunno who is tat.. lolz .. pai seh pai seh

Lin Peh said...

WOI!!! This one is cult la ! banned by RTM wan ! LOL!

Iwan Sanchez said...

Kenny bro,
believe it a not,
I heard of this band before!!


Anonymous said...

You know, most of the you'd mention, I first heard their names when I watched "School of Rock" nya.


Chen said...

mmmm.. u know what I gonna comment, right?
kkekekeke :P

carcar said...

mmmm.. u ASLO know what I gonna comment, right?
kkekekeke :P

Mr.Goober said... music!!
how'd you get so many of them?

Kenny Ng said...

[simple american]
yeah... crazy train was ozzy's solo song. I saw Black Sabbath play it b4 in their reunion. Of coz I remember Ronnie James Dio, but... I prefer Ozzy more. :)

[karen q]
haha... sure u dunno them.

[lin peh]
RTM dunno wat is music la... but Traxx FM played their songs many times b4

really? that's cool...

yeah... i love that movie so much, Jack Black is the man!!!

[chen & carcar]
haha... I know what u both mean... LOL

I uploaded into lifelogger then link it here lor...

F¡яєвџяN said...

Balck sabbath was in spore back in the mid 90s//i cant remb who was the singer back then.

Crazy train was ozzy 's solo effort right? I know that skid row band did a cover of it...sebastain bach 's vocals was good on that one...singing in an octave much higher than OZZY... correction man..i last heard BS is going to record an album with that James Dio ( from the band DIO ) guy...Ozzy is no loger in BS

I like the HEADLESS CROSS album in 1989..with Cozy Powell ( a dead meat now ) on drums..


Kenny Ng said...

yeah... Crazy Train was Ozzy's solo. Anyway... in the reunion Ozzy was in BS. "War Pigs" also my all time favorite :)

Simple American said...

Ozzy was the best.

Kenny Ng said...

[simple american]
he always the best!

arthur said...

crazy train was in the album blizzard of ozz not because ozzy was going solo but he was fired from black sabbath... he was replaced by ronnie james dio for 2 albums, 1 studio, 1 live..
was it live evil?... cant remember..

anyway, this is what i think about black sabbath and ozzy...

sabbath's music to me is tony iommi's music... he created the riffs which defines sabbath and ozzy wrote great lyrics which brings realism to the songs...

when u listen to ozzy's solo albums, he has a more, shall we say, happy mood to it... listen to crazy train, flying high again etc etc...
ozzy have a great gift of choosing the right guitarist at the right time..
randy rhodes was flamboyant and such was his playing defies 80's arena rock.. when he passed away, it was jake e. lee ...complete with hair mouse and lipstick but still great guitar playing... ozzy went through a few more guitar players but were pale compared to randy... hance, the albums and songs weren't as strong as when he was with randy and tony..

then came zakk wylde...

here, ozzy was able to blend the heaviness of sabbath and the flair of randy with the muscle of 90's metal...

ozzy, great singer, but even better at choosing guitarists!

cheers bro..


Anonymous said...

on what cd is sabastian bach's cover of crazy train appear on?

Anonymous said...

Although I listen to 90's rock, but I acknowledge that Black Sabbath is an important classic rock band. No Black Sabbath = No heavy metal.

Kenny Ng said...

[zen master]
Yes! The are grandfather of heavy metal

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