5-20-08 Black Sabbath
By hanging out in hippie record stores, I was ‘hip’ to the Vertigo label by the end of 1970. The staff of the hippie record stores were rather cooperative and encouraging to me, as a youngster. If I asked about an LP, they would offer to play it for me, on the stereo of the shop. Here comes May Blitz!
So, I saw the first Black Sabbath LP and had no clue as to what it was. But after May Blitz and Uriah Heep – I was curious about any band on Vertigo. The US Black Sabbath LP’s were on Warner Brothers; it’s fun to imagine Mo Ostin sitting through a 1970 Black Sabbath gig somewhere, getting his helpers to go find a band manager to discuss the group with etc.
Almost certainly, my introduction to BS was hearing “War Pigs” from “Paranoid”, their 2nd album. Ooh, a Vertigo copy is $5, but a
I think I eventually heard the debut album on the FM radio – and an inexpensive US Warners copy was easily obtained. I wasn’t a fool when album #3, “Master Of Reality” walked down the pike – I got a Vertigo copy, with the reversed inner-sleeve and labels, the green poster, flap top etc. Alas, I sold my
In ’71 & ’72 – I was ‘finishing’ with bands at an alarming rate. I ditched Jethro Tull after “Thick As A Brick”, I nearly clocked off of King Crimson after “Islands” and “Master of Reality” was the last Black Sabbath album that I bought ‘as new’ for a while. Had to make way for the Neu, Can, Cluster, Faust, Focus LP’s etc. Here comes the Euro-prog science!
I made it back into the fold for the final Ozzy album, “Never Say Die”. I think I was given a free copy of it – from a label person or maybe even at the pressing plant. Anyway, I liked it, it was good (I still like it!). I believe I went and saw them, when they toured it, circa ’80 or so – I won’t go into it, but I also saw the Blizzard of Ozz a few times, too.
Never particularly knew what to make of Black Sabbath after Ozzy left. I am OK with all the contiguous Ozzy Black Sabbath LP’s. I am currently reading “How Black Was Our Sabbath”, an ‘unauthorized’ book written by some BS roadies. Seems like I’m halfway through the book and we’re not even up to “Master of Reality” yet. I’ve owned a few BS rarities – a