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Best Original (Ozzy) Black Sabbath Songs

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by mellowinman, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Pick your faves; as many as you like.

    No need to rank, but bonus points for telling me WHY.
  2. emblymouse

    emblymouse exempt Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    Lakland Artist Endorser
    Fairies Wear Boots cuz it's the first example of Metal/Swing:bassist:
    And just the title gets a nod too.
  3. Scobby Bott

    Scobby Bott

    Jan 23, 2012
    Pottstown, PA
    Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Snowblind, and Never Say Die (Why do none of my friends or coworkers ever remember this song exists?) for me.
  4. Tmw2011


    Feb 23, 2011
    Edmond, OK
    Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
    Am I Going Insane?
  5. gbazinet


    Aug 11, 2010
    I know it's a cover but I love the bass on Sabbaths version of the warning!
  6. mc_muench


    Sep 28, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    Is this a trick question?

    All of them
  7. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    No particular order:

    Into the Void
    Children of the Grave
    War Pigs
    A Bit of Finger
    Rat Salad
    Hand of Doom

    Jeez, this is a loaded question.
  8. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Here's what I have so far:

    Black Sabbath
    Children of the Grave
    Electric Funeral
    Fairies Wear Boots
    Hand of Doom
    Hole in the Sky
    Iron Man
    Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
    Sweet Leaf
    The Wizard
    War Pigs

    I'm just taking songs remastered on the "Black Box" collection and adding more bass, and putting them on a CD for the car.
  9. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Killing Yourself To Live

    It's not the greatest opening riff in Sabbath history, but there are a lot of cool parts in this one. Around the 30 second mark we hear a radical guitar chorus tone that anticipates Kurt Cobain by almost 2 decades. As a section, it's also a nice contrast from the opening riff.

    Speaking of anticipating Kurt Cobain, check out that half-time power chord riff for the chorus! The switch to half time here is very effective: you almost forget that Ozzy doesn't really have much of a hook here (he'll make up for it shortly though). After a second verse and chorus, the guitar solos over this part, creating almost a theme-and-variations out if it in his approach to the melodic development of the solo.

    This leads to a variation on the chorus riff, with a great vocal hook. Ozzy's in fine voice as he sing/screams "I'm telling you, believe in me, nobody else will tell you". Then it's a bluesy double-time guitar riff, and the classic interjection "smoke it!" (Thanks Ozzy, I think I will. ;))

    This riff is fantastic enough, but then at around 3:10 Iommi treats us to some fabulously bluesy double stops, while Geezer keeps up a steady stream of 16th notes on the root. Groove city! And it leads to my favorite Sabbath moment ever, when it breaks down to just guitar and voice doubling up on: "You think that I'm crazy and baby I know that it's true!"

    After that, a short, dramatic chord section, followed by a quick snare fill, and then ANOTHER great blues riff (with a shuffle feel now!) some more great singing by Ozzy, and then a ripping blues solo over this section.

    You might think Iommi'd be out of ideas by this point, but there's one more great riff coming up to close the song, with the bass and drums punctuating with double stabs.

    A lesser band could make a whole album out of the great riffs in this one song.

    And really, the whole Sabbath Bloody Sabbath album is brilliant. For me, it stands as their unrivaled masterpiece.
  10. airborne_jeff


    Jan 8, 2013
    Land O Lakes, FL
    75% of all statistics are completely made up
    For me, Faeries Wear Boots, Children of the Grave, the Sweet Leaf
  11. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    Symptom of the Universe (and whatever's right before it), Children of the Grave, NIB, War Pigs, Planet Caravan, Hole in the Sky
  12. Snakeman1066

    Snakeman1066 Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    Central Valley
    Geezer Butler is the reason i picked up a bass in the first place..lol

    Hell i even named my little hobby bass building company after him in a fashion (Bonus points if you can tell me why..lol)


    (Those of you that are Geezer/Sabbath fans will understand the name)

    for those of you that aren't, sound it out long a long e..lol

    I like a lot of the deeper unusual cuts that most people ignore...like

    Evil Woman and Wicked World

    simply because his bass lines really shine here

    but other favorites include:

    Hand of Doom
    After Forever
    Into the Void
    Lord of this World
    Hole in the Sky
    Symptom of the Universe

    and i Know this is the Ozzy Sabbath we are talking about here, but I have to say as a musician some of the Stuff that the band Did when Dio was fronting them was phenomenal!
  13. In order of appearance...

    Black Sabbath
    The Wizard - My personal favorite Sabbath song.
    War Pigs
    Iron Man
    Electric Funeral
    Fairies Wear Boots
    Sweet Leaf
    Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
  14. NIB
    The Wizard

    and of course Heaven and Hell
  15. chee666


    Jul 24, 2008
    All Ozzy Sabbath All Dio Sabbath i love the Ian gillan Sabbath record and i love Ozzy's first two solo album i think most of his stuff after that sucks. My first live show was Ozzy bark at the moon tour with motley crue as the opener so glad it was Bob Daisley on bass that night.
  16. chee666


    Jul 24, 2008
    The Writ, zero the hero, suicide solution, you can't kill rock and roll, over the mountain.
  17. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    Tough question, but I've got to go with 'A National Acrobat'.

    Why? Because it gave birth to the monster that is Clutch :)
  18. St Drogo

    St Drogo

    Oct 9, 2009
    How so? Does Neil mention that somewhere?
  19. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Picking favorites is nasty, but as a general rule the closing cut on any Sabbath album is the monster. A lot of the opening tracks are standouts too, but they usually don't have quite the riffage, the dynamics, or the duration of the closer.

    Album closers:

    Faeries Wear Boots
    Into the Void
    Under the Sun
    Spiral Architect
    The Writ
    (this area where Technical Ecstasy and Never Say Die closing tracks would go intentionally left blank)
  20. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    I read an interview with Tim Sult years ago, probably round about the time between 'Clutch' and 'ER'. He was talking influences etc and mentioned Sabbath Bloody Sabbath as a favourite album. The second half of the song 'A National Acrobat' has a scale/progression/vibe that has permeated pretty much everything Clutch have done. If you know Clutch, you'll know what I mean :)

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