The Top Ten Ozzy-Era Black Sabbath Songs That Aren't "Paranoid" or "Iron Man"
Courtesy of Black Sabbath Black Sabbath circa 2013 (L-R: Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler)
Tonight, Black Sabbath plays L.A. behind 13. This recently released LP is the band's first album with Ozzy Osbourne on vocals since 1978. Let's be honest though; while 13 is a solid addition to the Sabbath catalog, the majority of people going to the show will be there to hear old favorites from these heavy metal pioneers.
While it's likely that even Sabbath neophytes have heard the band's biggest hits through video games, movies and commercials, the hit catalog goes way deeper than radio play singles "Iron Man" and "Paranoid". Here are the top ten Ozzy-era Black Sabbath tracks that aren't these two songs.
10. Sabbra Cadabra
From: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)
This track is proof-positive that even the most evil sounding band on the planet can still write a fantastic blues-rock boogie about being "so happy since I met this girl, when we're making love it's something out of this world!" Everything is just spot-on here; from Ozzy's vocals to the band's musicianship. And as if those performances weren't enough, Rick Wakeman of Yes jumps in with haunting '70s prog-rock synth work that lends an otherworldly air to a simple blues song about being in love.
From: Vol. 4 (1972)
This hard-rocker steers clear of the slower leanings of many Sabbath songs and just features jam outs from every musician in the band. Tony Iommi's riffs are boogie-tastic. Bill Ward's hypnotic drum breakdown in the middle of the track reaches tribal trance levels of awesomeness, and Ozzy singing about seeing the future and leaving it behind lends a futuristic sci-fi flair to the proceedings.
8. After Forever
From: Master of Reality (1971)
The entire genre of heavy metal has long had the spectre of Satan hanging over it. Much of this is due to how purely evil Black Sabbath sounded when they began concocting their wicked brew. But "After Forever" re-affirms a faith in a Christian God, and manages to be a kickass rock song on all levels on top of that. This castigation of those who judge on flimsy grounds is one of the greatest flip-the-script moments in rock history.