Editors’ Notes If ever there were an eight-album collection worthy of being named the essential textbook for the beginnings of heavy metal, Black Sabbath’s Complete Studio Albums 1970-1978 is the one. Each of the band's first six albums is perfect in its execution, and while the final two albums are spottier, they too have their share of excellent material. When lists are made of the most influential songs in hard rock and early heavy metal, it’s harder to decide which Black Sabbath songs to leave off than what to put on. Tony Iommi’s earth-crunching power chords, Geezer Butler’s dexterous but heavy bass lines, Bill Ward’s manic and demanding drumming, and Ozzy Osbourne’s unusual and immediately recognizable voice come together to defy the odds and make Sabbath one of the most important bands of the '70s. The elemental riffs of “Black Sabbath,” “N.I.B.,” “War Pigs,” “Paranoid,” “Iron Man,” “Sweet Leaf,” “Children of the Grave,” “Tomorrow’s Dream,” “Supernaut,” “Snowblind,” “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath,” “Killing Yourself to Live,” “Hole in the Sky,” “Symptom of the Universe,” “Back Street Kids,” and “Never Say Die”—and so many others—make Sabbath's greatness an obvious case.

SONG
Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath
1
 
The Wizard
2
 
Wasp / Behind the Wall of Sleep / Bassically / N.I.B.
3
 
Wicked World
4
 
A Bit of Finger / Sleeping Village / Warning
5
 
Paranoid
War Pigs / Luke's Wall
1
 
Paranoid
2
 
Planet Caravan
3
 
Iron Man
4
 
Electric Funeral
5
 
Hand of Doom
6
 
Rat Salad
7
 
Jack the Stripper / Fairies Wear Boots
8
 
Master of Reality
Sweet Leaf
1
 
After Forever
2
 
Embryo
3
 
Children of the Grave
4
 
Orchid
5
 
Lord of This World
6
 
Solitude
7
 
Into the Void
8
 
Black Sabbath, Vol. 4
Wheels of Confusion / The Straightener
1
 
Tomorrow's Dream
2
 
Changes
3
 
FX
4
 
Supernaut
5
 
Snowblind
6
 
Cornucopia
7
 
Laguna Sunrise
8
 
St. Vitus' Dance
9
 
Under the Sun / Every Day Comes and Goes
10
 
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
1
 
A National Acrobat
2
 
Fluff
3
 
Sabbra Cadabra
4
 
Killing Yourself to Live
5
 
Who Are You?
6
 
Looking for Today
7
 
Spiral Architect
8
 
Sabotage
Hole In the Sky
1
 
Don't Start (Too Late)
2
 
Symptom of the Universe
3
 
Megalomania
4
 
The Thrill of It All
5
 
Supertzar
6
 
Am I Going Insane (Radio)
7
 
The Writ
8
 
Technical Ecstasy
Back Street Kids
1
 
You Won't Change Me
2
 
It's Alright
3
 
Gypsy
4
 
All Moving Parts (Stand Still)
5
 
Rock 'N' Roll Doctor
6
 
She's Gone
7
 
Dirty Women
8
 
Never Say Die!
Never Say Die
1
 
Johnny Blade
2
 
Junior's Eyes
3
 
A Hard Road
4
 
Shock Wave
5
 
Air Dance
6
 
Over to You
7
 
Breakout
8
 
Swinging the Chain
9
 

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