thr33beggars: Now they can’t make another album, or they’ll ruin it.
RunDNA: > **Black Sabbath: 13**
> By Mark Lore — June 11, 2013
> 13—the first album in 35 years from Black Sabbath’s original lineup—ends the same way their 1970 self-titled debut begins, with the proto-doomy sound of falling rain and a distant church bell. It signals that this is the bookend to the recorded output from the band that invented heavy metal. If that’s the case, it’s not a bad way to go.
mykeuk: So you can listen to everything on a massive, continual loop.
delaphin: “Needs more church bell”
FaceTHEGEEB: I saw them last summer for the first time(maybe last). It was the most fun I’ve ever had. Absolutely badass. The tickets were 20 each. I would pay much more to do that again.
PM_Me_EyelinerOnEyes: It took the band 47 years to ring both Bells of Awakening. This means the poor bastards still need to traverse Sen’s Fortress.
No wonder Ozzy is so strung out.
Gulag-Archipenis: BUT MY FEELINGS WERE A LITTLE BIT TOO STRONG *just a little bit too stroooooooong*
ledfrisby: If you’ve never listened to their first album, do yourself a favor and do it right now. If you’re short on time, at least listen to: Black Sabbath (song title), N.I.B., and Sleeping Village. (edit: The Wizard and Wicked World)
Their second album, Paranoid, is so good, you can’t even pick out individual tracks like that. It’s one of my favorite albums of all time and every single track is a good listen.
They also had fantastic concerts back then (still good of course). Check out the Paris 1970 set if you have time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3b6SGoN6dA
KingKidd: That was one hell of a debut album…
smells_like_blue: The Deluxe Edition has 3 more songs, and doesn’t end like that. Which kind of ruins it..
Doglegs18: N.I.B from the first album is my favourite Sabbath tune.
Sun-Anvil: > “Bubbles! Oh come on Sharon! I’m fucking Ozzy Osbourne, the Prince of fucking Darkness. Evil! Evil! What’s fucking evil about a buttload of fucking bubbles!?”
– Mr. Osbourne
I am 54 years old and Black Sabbath was the first album I ever bought. I was 9 when it came out so it had been out a couple years when I did buy it. I had a JC Penney “stereo / record player” and the speakers were about the size of a text book and maybe twice as thick.
The eternal / heated debates over music will never come to a conclusion. The moment someone says “X artist is best” there will be a thousands counters but, I feel safe in saying Black Sabbath has influenced more musicians / people in rock and roll than any other. On top of that, after 47+ years, they are still original and distinguishable above all others.
mathprof: I saw them at Alpine Valley in East Troy, WI in the 1980s. Motorhead opened for them. That was one hell of an awesome night.
Also saw them in Vegas on the 13 tour. Best concert ever.
toddsleivonski: Everything is better with proper planning- Ozzy “I eat live animals” Osbourne
TooShiftyForYou: With lots and lots of heavy riffs, crashing drums and killer solos in between.
alexchrist: Quick somebody x-post to r/continuityporn
kind2cats: People who are now 75 years old were only 32 years old when this album came out. Yes, some of your Grandparents might be metal heads.
Lukebr4: The church bell should have been closer than it was originally. So the all the albums were a journey
jcsimpson: What is this that stands before me?
teroo92: Every time I remember this I get emotional
SGguy11: And its a fucking fantastic album at that. Obviously missed Bill Ward on it but can’t complain with Brad Wilk behind the kit
KettleCellar: Littler known fact – faeries take their boots off on this album.
jb4334: It’s a concept career
22q2: Unless someone can find a version that does, it doesn’t. Not even the deluxe version. The ending song, pariah is a damn good song but does not end like that so I’m confused.
waterutalkinabt: I’m not crying you’re crying
onelittleworld: I saw them on the 13 tour, in Chicago. It was considerably better than I’d expected. Glad I finally got a chance to see them.
selfaware-imbecile: And if you listen to it backwards it’s the same
TinyrickC138: Their first 7 albums are still my favorite metal albums. So good.
Edit: their album, 13 is also good as well. And the Dio albums are decent.
ljknb: Geezer says it like it is
He’s just a loner
He never says hello
A friend to no one
He’s got no place to go
He don’t look happy
He look through furtive eyes
He ain’t got nothing
No one to sympathize
mowza: Last year I was an American living in London and for my Bday by brother suprised me with tickets to their last ever concert, which was in Birmingham, where they started…Best brother ever. Great show. F’n love Sabbath.
bmoneyhustles: Another cool fact is the first 3 notes played after those bells are called a Tritone, aka The Devil’s Interval, and was banned from being used in compositions during the Renaissance Music Period because it sounded so evil. And Sabbath opens the first song on their first album with it.
If that’s not metal, I don’t know what is.
Bad_Idea_Fairy: That’s pretty metal.
Starshiee: i remember when 13 dropped and i just about shit my pants when the album ended because i immediately caught on to that continuity.
VonGinger: If that aint a stroke of artistic genius then what is?
Tenebril: And the riff right before the rain is reminiscent of the Black Sabbath riff
apawst8: Dream Theater’s 1999 album: [Scenes from a Memory](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metropolis_Pt._2:_Scenes_from_a_Memory) ends with white noise.
Their next album, [Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_Degrees_of_Inner_Turbulence), begins with white noise, trying to indicate that it’s a continuation.
For some reason, they didn’t bother making sure the white noise is the same–when you play it back to back, they are clearly different.
jpriddy: Iced-T also sampled it in Shut Up Be Happy on the Iceberg album 19 years later.
CloseCannonAFB: Sabbath is my favorite band of all time,Genesis a very close second. I’ve been listening to *Paranoid*, *Heaven and Hell*, and *Volume 4* at maximum volume.