Black Sabbath – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)

This is, traditionally, in the days before I decided to go through the entire discography, where my Sabbath listening would end. There would be many insults thrown at this album during drinking sessions “back in the day” (and a few defences bandied about too). The main sticking point would be about how high Ozzy is singing on some of the tracks here. Don’t get me wrong, he can get shrill at the best of times, but take a look at the title track for example, and you’ll see what I mean.

All in all though, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is not a bad album, but the main issue I have is this it doesn’t really go anywhere the band haven’t already been. It also marks a point where the quality of releases from the band starts to decline, albeit subtly at this point.