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Black Sabbath: It's All Word Of Foot

Profile and Interview by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, October 1970

THE BLACK SABBATH album Paranoid, slipped into your record shops a couple of weeks ago. No ballyhoo. The release was as quiet as it was ...

Black Sabbath/Girlschool: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Pete Makowski, Sounds, May 1980

THE SABS are back. And after a series of false starts to their British tour due to drummer Bill Ward contracting viral pneumonia they are ...

Ozzfest ‘97

Report and Interview by Edward Helmore, unpublished, 1997

THE UNEARTHLY NOISE that barrels over the pines and down Alpine Valley in rural Wisconsin last summer was a clear signal that the natural order ...

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Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi (1973)

Interview by Keith Altham, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1973

From collapsing at the Hollywood Bowl to Geezer Butler's gallstones, via the making of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and enjoying a nice game of Monopoly at home, the Riff King chats with Keith Altham.

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Black Sabbath

Report and Interview by Steve Turner, unpublished, March 1970

2003 Note: Having written my very first article for the Beatles Monthly I was asked by the publisher, Sean O’Mahoney (aka Johnny Dean), to contribute ...

Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath (Vertigo)

Review by Mark Williams, International Times, March 1970

A BLOW JOB. Just get the gear on stage and wind it up Marshall stacks nine feet high on big & harsh with an edge ...

Yes, Black Sabbath, Uriah Heap: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, July 1970

YES MADE their comeback at the Lyceum on Friday, but what should have been a great occasion turned out to be rather mediocre. ...

Black Sabbath: Paranoia — As The Fans Go Wild For Sabbath

Report by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, October 1970

Mark Plummer on a one night stand with the 'Paranoid' hitmakers ...

Black Sabbath

Report and Interview by uncredited writer, Beat Instrumental, November 1970

BLACK SABBATH are very proud of the fact that the making of their latest LP, Paranoid took such a short time. "We did the title ...

Black Sabbath: Nobody But The Public Digs Sabbath

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, January 1971

THERE WOULD seem to be a lot of unnecessary resentment over Black Sabbath's success in this business. And even outside it by those bastions of ...

Black Sabbath: Master Of Reality

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rag, The, September 1971

GRAND FUNK HAS been the most important band in the land for the last year, which you’re probably aware of anyway. Grand Funk in concert ...

Black Sabbath

Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, January 1972

"THE TROUBLE with English and European crowds," said Black Sabbath vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, "is that they listen to you as if you were a jukebox. ...

Black Sabbath: Sabbath Ready To Rejoin The Rock Machine

Interview by Dick Meadows, Sounds, January 1972

IN THE black art of rock and roll Sabbath are masters. But the business of fame takes its toll in terms of exhaustion and it ...

Black Sabbath: Town Hall, Birmingham

Live Review by Dick Meadows, Sounds, February 1972

Sabbath: The Old Firm Are Back Home ...

The Wit & Wisdom of Ozzy Osbourne or For the Best Coke Call Black Sabbath

Report and Interview by Harold Bronson, UCLA Daily Bruin, June 1972

"FOR THE BEST COKE, just ring three-eight-nine-oh-nine-eight, only one hundred dollars!" exclaimed a very stoned Ozzy Osbourne as he grinned stupidly from behind a microphone ...

A Dorito and 7-Up Picnic with Black Sabbath

Interview by Metal Mike Saunders, Circular, September 1972

Being a slightly unreal and slightly real account of a meeting between the foreboding Four and their Number One Fan, rock critic Mike Saunders, on ...

Black Sabbath: Satan, The Bomb And Geezer's Dreams

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, October 1972

CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY looking for flames ...

Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath Volume 4

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Phonograph Record, November 1972

IT'S EARLY 1965. Suppose, just for once, that folk-rock never happens. Instead the English Invasion proceeds to its logical conclusions and rather than marking the ...

Black Sabbath: Volume 4

Review by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, November 1972

IT REALLY freaks me out when somebody tries to tell me Vol 4 is the best thing Black Sabbath ever did. ...

Black Sabbath: Volume 4

Review by Max Bell, Let It Rock, December 1972

DESPITE BLACK SABBATH'S protestations that they have spent both a great deal of time and money on their latest album (earthshatteringly entitled Volume 4) the ...

Black Sabbath: To Knock OR Not To Knock The Rock

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1973

WHEN IT COMES to obvious targets for critical assassinations, then Black Sabbath are sitting ducks – very loud, very basic, very brash. And now at ...

Black Sabbath: Sabbath Days Of Rest

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, September 1973

Forget witchcraft, forget heavy metal – Tony Iommi is laying back in his luxury pad, listening to the Carpenters and Sinatra ...

Black Sabbath: Sabbra Cadabra!

Report by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, February 1974

THE GRINDING riff sears through the eardrums, ripping the senses and dulling with monotony. It crashes through the PA system, hurtling itself towards the back ...

Black Sabbath: Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath (Warner Bros.)

Review by Wayne Robins, Creem, April 1974

THE QUESTION, Sabs, is where you been so long? So highly irresponsible was their disappearing act over a year ago that heavy metal almost vanished ...

Black Sabbath/Black Oak Arkansas: Black Power

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, June 1974

IF JIM DANDY'S PANTS were any tighter they'd have hair growing out of them.Fringed suede jacket, fringed suede boots, and those white satin pants. Now, ...

Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi: Overcoming the Impossible

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, October 1974

BLACK SABBATH lead guitarist Tony Iommi stands well over six-feet tall and plays like he has six fingers. Not bad, since several years ago Tony ...

Black Sabbath and Deep Purple: Who Really Are The Kings Of Heavy Metal?

Comment by Jon Tiven, Circus Raves, November 1974

ONE HALF-DECADE ago, Black Sabbath couldn't get a favorable review if they begged for it – and beg they didn't. ...

Sabbath's Sabotage: An interview with Tony Iommi

Interview by Mick Houghton, Circus Raves, October 1975

THREE TIERS OF GOLD, silver and platinum discs span one wall of the snooker room. They provide irrefutable evidence of the worldwide success of Black ...

Black Sabbath - Sabotage

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, October 1975

I THINK IT was Lester Bangs who put forward the proposition that people who went to Black Sabbath concerts derived their pleasure from ingesting massive ...

Black Sabbath: Paranoid

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, October 1975

IT'S NO MERE coincidence that an Ozzie Osbourne song on the new Black Sabbath album is called 'Am I Going Insane?' Ozzie, who professes that ...

Ozzy Osbourne: I Got Sensitive Didn't I

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, October 1976

BLACK SABBATH'S Ozzie Osbourne has changed his personality since we last met. He is no longer vulgar and ingenuous. Instead, he is composed and carefully ...

Black Sabbath: Technical Knock-out

Interview by Steven Rosen, Sounds, January 1977

TONY IOMMI walked into the Hollywood Holiday Inn dining room like some living zombie. One wondered, actually, why the Warner Bros. publicist had set up ...

Ozzy Osbourne: Beyond Black Sabbath

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, December 1977

IN THE PAST Ozzy Osbourne has often over-dramatised the state of both his mental and physical health, but as he now relates his reasons for ...

Black Sabbath: Greatest Hits (Vertigo)

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, December 1977

ENGLAND CAN be depressing to the point of insanity...grey oozing days for months on end...rows of mean streets, pinched people...clausterphobic scrapyard vistas of country turned ...

Black Sabbath: Apollo Theatre, Glasgow

Report by Peter Silverton, Sounds, May 1978

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath ...

Black Sabbath: Never Say Die

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, December 1978

NEVER SAY DIE! Black Sabbath didn't never say it, and that's why the heaviest damn band ever is back. Forget all those other bands, because ...

Black Sabbath: Mob Rules (Vertigo) ****/Ozzy Osbourne: Diary Of A Madman (Jet) ****

Review by Phil Bell, Sounds, December 1981

IN THE BLACK CORNER, Sabbath. In the white corner, their sworn adversary, Ozzy Osbourne. Or vice versa. ...

Black Sabbath: Prole Metal to Ozzy and Beyond

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Creem, 1982

FROM THE first oafish gothic crash of 'Black Sabbath' it was clear this band was dumb. Really intensely dumb. Even in that first hearing there ...

Ozzy Osbourne

Interview by David Gans, unpublished, January 1982

On the bus en route from Salt Lake City to Denver in the early morning hours of January 10, 1982 ...

Black Sabbath: Live Evil (Vertigo)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, February 1983

THE ORIGINAL BLACK Sabbath was a primal slum punk band, a scummy brummie leather-and-crucifix reaction to middle-class flower power. Now they're just another Stateside stadium ...

The Second Coming of Black Sabbath (According to Geezer Butler)

Interview by Dave Thompson, Rocket, The, 1994

IT WASN'T ALWAYS this way, you know. There was a time when, if you mentioned that you liked Black Sabbath... if you mentioned that ...

The Enduring Riff Rock Of Black Sabbath

Retrospective and Interview by Paul Gabriel, DISCoveries, June 1996

IT IS 1996, and there is still a Black Sabbath. Will wonders never cease? ...

Ozz-Fest: California Screaming!

Report and Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, June 1997

The greatest show on earth has FEAR FACTORY, MANSON, TYPE O, MACHINE HEAD and COAL CHAMBER on one bill — and it's just destroyed America. This ...

Ozzy Osbourne: His Satanic Majesty Repents

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, December 1997

JOHN "OZZY" OSBOURNE, FORMER HELL raiser, outrageous roister-doister, Dark Lord of Metal and rough diamond geezer extraordinaire has sung much about death, visited it summarily ...

Black Sabbath: NEC, Birmingham

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Rolling Stone, February 1998

BLACK SABBATH. Industrial hell turned up to 11, baptised in blood and leather, and leather is cows and cows are sacred, and Heavy Metal doesn't ...

Ozzy Osbourne: The Godfather Of Metal Lands On The Good Foot

Interview by Steve Roeser, Goldmine, June 1998

Nearly 30 Years After Founding Black Sabbath, The Godfather Of Metal Lands On The Good Foot ...

Black Sabbath: The Best Of Black Sabbath

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 2000

TWO-CD compilation of Brummie metallurgists' grimmest, finest moments. ...

They Have Come For Your Parents: Ozzfest 2001, National Bowl, Milton Keynes, 26th May

Live Review by The Rev. Al Friston, Rock's Backpages, June 2001

My my, hey hey, hard rock will never die. OK, it doesn’t scan quite as well as ol’ Neil’s line, but you get my drift. ...

Black Sabbath: The Complete '70s Replica CD Collection 1970-78

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, December 2001

THE MYSTERY OF THE RIFF – so crucial to rock, so oddly neglected by critics. ...

Ozzy Osbourne: Summer of Love

Interview by Adrian Deevoy, Blender, June 2002

Could things be any better for Ozzy Osbourne? His family's TV show, The Osbournes, is a runaway smash, and his traveling metal revue, Ozzfest, is ...

Black Sabbath

Profile by Deborah Frost, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, March 2006

BLACK SABBATH never intended to appeal to, never mind be understood by, rock critics. Nor were they designed for screaming teens, swooning debs, your mom, ...

Black Sabbath: 02, Birmingham

Live Review by Pete Makowski, Rock's Backpages, May 2012

ALMOST A WEEK LATER and my ears are still ringing – and I don't know if it's due to the rousing response of the audience ...

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