Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath [LP] (180 Gram Vinyl)
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is the fifth studio album by the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in December 1973. With this album, the band expanded upon their slow, crunching style of music by strings, keyboards and more complex orchestral arrangements.
Following the 1972-1973 world tour in support of their Volume 4 album, Black Sabbath again returned to Los Angeles, California to begin work on its successor. Pleased with Volume 4, the band sought to recreate the recording atmosphere, and returned to the Record Plant Studios with new producer and engineer Tom Allom. Although the album credits the band's manager Patrick Meehan as producer, guitarist Tony Iommi said ''Meehan's ego got involved, and he stuck his name down as producer''.
With new musical innovations of the era, the band were surprised to find the room they had used previously at the Record Plant was replaced by a ''giant synthesizer''. The band rented a house in Bel Air and began writing in the summer of 1973, but due in part to substance issues and fatigue, were unable to complete any songs. ''Ideas weren't coming out the way they were on Volume 4 and we really got discontent'' Iommi said. ''Everybody was sitting there waiting for me to come up with something. I just couldn't think of anything. And if I didn't come up with anything, nobody would do anything.'' After a month in Los Angeles with no results, the band opted to return to the UK, where they rented Clearwell Castle in The Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England. ''We rehearsed in the dungeons and it was really creepy but it had some atmosphere, it conjured up things, and stuff started coming out again''. While working in the dungeon, Iommi stumbled onto the main riff of ''Sabbath Bloody Sabbath'', which set the tone for the new material. Recording was completed at Morgan Studios in Willesden, North London in 1973. Keyboardist Rick Wakeman of the band Yes (who was recording Tales from Topographic Oceans with Yes in the next studio) was brought in as a session player, appearing on ''Sabbra Cadabra''.
This reissue is printed on 180-gram vinyl - lacquers cut from the original analog tapes by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering - all original packaging replicated
01 Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
02 A National Acrobat
04 Sabbra Cadabra
01 Killing Yourself To Live
02 Who Are You?
03 Looking For Today
04 Spiral Architect