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Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath (Vertigo)

Mark Williams, International Times, 13 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 like an axe-blade & stand there in your grubby velvet trousers waiting absurdly for the Blue Boar and casting broken fingernails round the fingerboard and then it breaks – like a runaway bus: fast & red & frightening. That's what it was like with Spooky Tooth, and Spirit. Now Black Sabbath seem to have inherited the dominant, yet perversely frail stage presence of the now defunct British Band.

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