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.

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Jules said...

Fuckin' 'ell - so that explains it. A few days ago, another blog posted the Crow album said the Sabs covered Evil Woman (the one by Crow, not the 28 other songs called Evil Woman) as their first single. I listened to it and thought to myself "I don't remember that track on the first Sabs album - must have only been a single". Now I know why - I bought the original vinyl here on the left side of the Atlantic when it first came out - so Evil Woman wasn't on there!

I hate the way record companies used to fuck around with track line-ups.

Thanks for clearing that up and thanks for the post.


Jules said...

By the way - was anybody else at the Toronto Beggar's Banquet Festival on July 16, 1972? The line up was Steel River, 3 Dog Night, Yes, Joe Cocker and the Grease Band, BLACK SABBATH and HUMBLE PIE!


Talk about a mismatch - 3 Dog Night were the headliners, but they fizzled - the Sabs and especially Humble Pie had stolen the show. Yes was pretty good back then, too. And I still like "Southbound Train" (just queued it up now), which Steel River did at that show.

Tickets were really cheap and you got a free bag of fruit at the gate. Oh, man that was a long time ago...but it seem like only yesterday (OK.... last month...).


Jules said...

Yeak, OK, so Evil Woman's not on this - I found it somewhere else. I prefer Wicked World - heavy, jazzy and progressive. Evil Woman just sounds like a (weak) obligatory stab at pop commercialism (and no better than Crow's original) - good thing that didn't work out :)

The Wino said...


I was watching H.R. Pufnstuf with Honey Comb, while you were rockin to "Up my Sleave". You lucky bugger. (To see Steve Marriott live). I was still too young for rock shows in 1972. Concerts wouldn't happen till 1978.

Missed it by that much.


Gordon said...

One of the best albums... ever.


Jules said...

Well, I was just 12 when I saw that show, so I wasn't far from carpet crawling myself. It was my first concert ever and I was only allowed to go because my big brothers took me, it was in a park, and it was during the day. The first concert I went to "on my own" was probably the (Center) "Island Dream Festival" in ’75: Rory Gallagher, Status Quo, A Foot in Coldwater, Todd Rundgren's Utopia... What a great show that was!

I saw the Frampless Humble Pie again a few years later and saw Stevie M. (post-Pie "Packet of Three") in the early 80's at some 250-seat club in Brampton. He was a great performer, for sure. Rockin' the Fillmore has been one of my favourite albums since the day it came out.

I - DON'T - NEED - NO - DOCTOR...!!

Oy, vell maybe a little bit these days for my aching back Hey! You kids get off my lawn!


Stewart said...

Hi Jules, I remember the Beggar's Banquet. I was 18. I'm sure Yes never turned up, unless they were on real early in the lin-up. We turned up after the start and someone was playing - you could hear it miles away! The wall of Marshall speakers was scary. I recall a guy wandering around stoned selling a magazine call Gorilla.