Album of the Day
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
After a grueling world tour behind VOL. 4 and a month of fruitless sessions at Los Angeles' Record Plant, Black Sabbath decamped to Clearwell Castle in Gloucestershire, England, to work on their fifth album. With its dungeon and resident ghosts, the place was just what the band needed, and SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH brims with inspiration. “We'd managed to strike just the right balance between our old heaviness and our new, 'experimental' side,” noted frontman Ozzy Osbourne of the 1973 set, which features such classic originals as “Killing Yourself to Live” and the title track while successfully incorporating orchestration and synthesizers (Yes' Rick Wakeman guests on “Sabbra Cadabra”). The last great album by the original quartet, the platinum-selling SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH belongs in any heavy metal collection.