This comprehensive vinyl discography features all the Black Sabbath albums released on vinyl LP, providing a complete list of their discography,including a album cover gallery.
Black Sabbath are an English heavy metal band from Birmingham. The original band line up of Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Terence "Geezer" Butler (bass), and Bill Ward (drums) is the same as the current line up (2007) although there have been many shifts of personnel over the years.
Black Sabbath is one of the most influential and groundbreaking bands in the history of rock and heavy metal music. Formed in Birmingham, England in 1968, the band consisted of lead vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, and drummer Bill Ward. With their unique sound and dark imagery, Black Sabbath single-handedly created the heavy metal genre and laid the foundation for countless metal bands that followed.
Black Sabbath's sound was heavily influenced by blues rock, but they took it to a new level with the incorporation of dark and eerie elements. Their music often featured heavy and distorted guitar riffs, bass-driven grooves, and powerful drum beats, and the lyrics often dealt with darker and more ominous themes, such as death, evil, and the occult. This combination of hard-hitting music and lyrics that dealt with taboo subject matter was a departure from the more upbeat and lighthearted music that was popular at the time, and it quickly gained a cult following.
One of the key elements of Black Sabbath's sound was Tony Iommi's distinctive guitar playing. Iommi was known for his fast and aggressive playing style, which was characterized by his use of powerful riffs and solos. Despite losing the tips of two of his fingers in a factory accident, Iommi was able to adapt his playing style to accommodate the injury, and his signature sound became one of the hallmarks of the heavy metal genre.In addition to their music, Black Sabbath's image was also a major factor in their appeal. The band was known for their dark and mysterious stage presence, and their album covers and merchandise often featured imagery of death, evil, and the occult. This aesthetic helped to further set them apart from other bands of the time and gave them a unique and memorable identity.
Black Sabbath's impact on the heavy metal genre cannot be overstated. They were one of the first bands to play what would later be called heavy metal, and they paved the way for countless metal bands that followed. The band's influence can be heard in countless metal and hard rock bands, from early heavy metal pioneers like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, to more contemporary bands like Slayer and Metallica.
Despite their success and influence, Black Sabbath faced numerous challenges throughout their career. The band was often criticized for their dark and controversial image, and they were frequently targeted by moral and religious groups who saw their music and lyrics as a threat to society. Despite these challenges, the band continued to produce new music and tour, and their popularity only continued to grow.
Black Sabbath had several line-up changes throughout their career. Here is a list of the most notable line-ups:
Original line-up (1968–1979): Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass), and Bill Ward (drums). This is considered the classic line-up of the band, and they recorded some of their most iconic albums together, including "Black Sabbath," "Paranoid," "Master of Reality," and "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath."
WWA 101 , 1975 , United Kingdom
This album "Attention! Volume Two" is a compilation album with Black Sabbath songs from the 1970's and includes some classic songs like: "Rat Salad" and "War Pigs".Show Details
Vertigo 847.903 847903 , 1970 , France
"Black Sabbath" is the debut album by the British Heavy Metal band with the same name.Show Details
Vertigo 814 271 , 1983 , West-Germany
This album cover eventually caused controversy and has been hated by some fans.Show Details
Discos Victoria VLP-101 / 30.465, 30.466, 30.467 / 9094/3, Iberofon SA , 1984 , Spain
This "Collection Vol 1" is a hard to find compilation box-set containing 3 12" vinyl LP's.Show Details
I.R.S 7 13155 , 1992 , EEC
Dehumanizer is the first album in over a decade to re-unite Ronnie James Dio and Vinny AppiceShow Details
Vertigo 832 708 , 1987, Netherlands
The Eternal Idol is the thirteenth studio album by Black Sabbath, released in December 1987. It is the first of several Black Sabbath albums to feature longtime vocalist Tony Martin.Show Details
NEMS NEL 6009 , 1977 , West-Germany
This is the "Greatest Hits" compilation album released in 1977 on the NEMS Record Label. The illustration on the album front cover is "El Triunfo de la Muerte" by Pieter Bruegel, El Viejo and the record's label is white with black typographyShow Details
This is the "Greatest Hits" compilation album released in 1977 on the NEMS Record Label. The illustration on the album front cover is "El Triunfo de la Muerte" by Pieter Bruegel, El Viejo and the record's label shows a "Fried Egg".Show Details
I.R.S. 064-24 1005 , 1989 , EEC
This album "Headless Cross" has been released in 1989 on the I.R.S. Record Label and the band features "Brian May" , "Tony Martin", "Cozy Powell" and "Laurence Cottle".Show Details
Vertigo 6302 017 (6302 017) , 1980 , Germany
"Heaven and Hell" was the first album after singer Ozzy Osbourne left the band and was the first album featuring Ronnie James Dio , formerly of Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, who brought his own unique style of song writing and vocalisation to the "Black Sabbath" band.Show Details
Vertigo 6302 202 , 1983 , West-Germany
"Live Evil", released in 1982 and in January 1983 in the UK, is the first "official" live album by British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, the previously released Live at Last (1980) not having been sanctioned by the band. It was recorded with Ronnie James Dio singing and is a document of the Mob Rules World TourShow Details
Vertigo 6650 009, Vertigo 6302 202, Vertigo 6302 203 , 1983 , Netherlands
Black Sabbath's "Live Evil" 2LP Album, released on December 16, 1982, immortalizes the band's live prowess during their 1982 world tour. Recorded at iconic venues, the album seamlessly blends classics from the Ozzy era with Dio's powerful vocals, showcasing Black Sabbath's evolution. A sonic journey through their discography, "Live Evil" stands as a timeless testament to the band's enduring impact on heavy metal.Show Details
Vertigo PRID 11 / 826-882 , 1983 , Netherlands
"Live Evil" is the first official live album by British heavy metal band Black Sabbath.Show Details
NEMS - NEL 6004 , 1976 , USA
This album "Master of Reality (US)" is the third album released by the British Heavy Metal band: Black Sabbath.Show Details
Warner Bros (WB) Records BS 2562 , Canada
This is the Canadian release of "Master of Reality" the third album released by the British Heavy Metal band: Black Sabbath.Show Details
WWA Records WWA 008 , 1971 , England
This is the English release of "Master of Reality" , the third album released by the British Heavy Metal band: Black Sabbath.Show Details
Vertigo 9124 101 , Vertigo 9124 101 1978 , Germany
"Never Say Day" is the 1978 official full-length album by the British Rock band "Black Sabbath"Show Details
Vertigo 6360 011 (6360011) , 1970 , England
This is the collectable copy of Paranoid with the full swirl on the inner sleeve as well as on the record label. This page describes all the details of this album Paranoid.Show Details
Vertigo AA 6360 011 (6360011) , 1970 , Germany
This is an early German release of Paranoid by Black Sabbath with the full swirl on the record label. This page describes all the details of this album.Show Details
Warner Bros BS 2822 , 1975 , USA
This page describes "Sabotage" the sixth full-length album by "Black Sabbath" and released in 1975.Show Details
Vertigo 6360 071 , 1972 , United Kingdom
"Vol 4" was originally to be titled Snowblind, after one of several tracks referring to cocaine use. The album was recorded in California, the first time Sabbath had recorded a studio album outside the United Kingdom.Show Details
Vertigo 6360 071 , 1972 , France
This is the French Edition of Black Sabbath's Vol 4 which was originally to be titled Snowblind, after one of several tracks referring to cocaine use. The album was recorded in California, the first time Sabbath had recorded a studio album outside the United Kingdom.Show Details
Victoria Records VLP 106 / 40.470 , 1984 , Spain
This is the rare Spanish Edition of Black Sabbath's - We Sold Our Soul for Rock and Roll".Show Details