Black Sabbath - Sabotage

Sabotage is the sixth studio album by the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in June 1975.

Recording Edit

Black Sabbath began work on their sixth album in February 1975, again in England at Morgan Studios in Willesden, London. They had a decisive vision to differ the sound from their previous album Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. Guitarist Tony Iommi, who produced the album, said that "We could've continued and gone on and on, getting more technical, using orchestras and everything else which we didn't particularly want to. We took a look at ourselves, and we wanted to do a rock album - Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath wasn't a rock album, really."

Over the years, singer Ozzy Osbourne has often complained in interviews that this album marked the beginning of what he described as Tony Iommi's studio production obsession. Sabotage took considerably longer to record and produce than each of their preceding albums, making it the most costly Black Sabbath album to that point. In comparison, the band's first album, Black Sabbath (1970), took only 12 hours to record at a cost of a few hundred pounds.

Track listingEdit

  1. "Hole in the Sky" - 3:59
  2. "Don't Start (Too Late)" (instrumental) - 0:49
  3. "Symptom of the Universe" - 6:29
  4. "Megalomania" - 9:46
  5. "Thrill of It All" - 5:56
  6. "Supertzar" (instrumental) - 3:44
  7. "Am I Going Insane (Radio)" - 4:16
  8. "The Writ" - 8:09

Personnel Edit

  • Ozzy Osbourne – lead vocals
  • Tony Iommi – lead & rhythm guitar
  • Terry "Geezer" Butler – bass guitar (miscredited as "Tony 'Geezer' Butler" in the story of the band on the Canadian CD issue)
  • Bill Ward – drums
  • Gerald "Jezz" Woodruffe – keyboards
  • Will Malone – arrangements for the English Chamber Choir
  • Mike Butcher – co-producer / engineer
  • Robin Black – engineer
  • David Harris – tape operator and saboteur
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