Black Sabbath - Self-Titled (1970)
Black Sabbath is the self-titled debut album of the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in the UK on Friday, 13 February 1970. The album was recorded in 3 days.
This shot is the inside cover of the album at Mapledurham Watermill. It an historic watermill on the River Thames at the village of Mapledurham in Oxfordshire, England. The mill is driven by the head of water created by Mapledurham Lock and Weir and is preserved in an operational state. The mill building is also the backdrop in the image on the front cover of Black Sabbath's self titled record.
The original release had a gatefold sleeve and generic Vertigo 'swirl' inner bag. The inside of the sleeve featured the words "Black Sabbath" on the left side (spilling over slightly onto the right side) and on the right side, an inverted cross with a poem written inside of it. Vertigo was allegedly repsonsible for adding the cross; the band was upset when they found out about this, as it fed into many allegations hurled at the group regarding elements of the occult and Satanism. The original US and Canadian releases of the album had "Wicked World" in place of "Evil Woman" due to conflicts over publishing rights, while subsequent remasters of the album outside of the US and Canada featured both. Early versions of this album have Ozzy's name misspelled as "Ossie Osborne." Acid Mothers Temple released Starless and Bible Black Sabbath as a tribute album, which features a similar cover, except Kawabata Makoto is on the cover.
Posted by wino at Wednesday, October 03, 2007