First studio album by Black Sabbath containing the debut single Evil Woman. Recorded on a single day on October 16, 1969. Some sources says in 12 hours, some in 8 hours – but nevertheless – fast for a debut album recording. Both referring to this meme from Tony Iommi:
“We just went in the studio and did it in a day, we played our live set and that was it. We actually thought a whole day was quite a long time, then off we went the next day to play for £20 in Switzerland.”
The album was recorded the first year the band acted as Black Sabbath, but actually they formed a few years before. The first band name was Polka Tulk Blues Band, then Earth – before they settled as Black Sabbath. The name inspired by an Italian horror movie and reflecting the occult like lyric and expressions.
Later this year their second studio album will celebrate 50 years birthday as well, Paranoid. One of my personal versions of “Black Sabbath” is labeled with the number from Paranoid; 6360 011. As far as I know it’s considered as a miss-press.
Tony Iommi – guitar
Geezer Butler – bass
Bill Ward – drums
Ozzy Osbourne – vocals, harmonica on “The Wizard”
Rodger Bain – production, Jew’s harp on “Sleeping Village”
Tom Allom – engineering
Barry Sheffield – engineering
Marcus Keef – graphic design, photography