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Black Sabbath Albums Ranked

Discussion in 'Old School Metal Discussion' started by IntoTheEndlessVoid, Oct 19, 2015.

  1. IntoTheEndlessVoid

    IntoTheEndlessVoid New Metal Member

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    Hey everyone, I am new here. I am into Doom, Stoner, and Thrash metal, mostly. This means I love Sabbath.
    I was curious as to people's rankings of the 19 Black Sabbath Albums?
    Here is my list

    1. Paranoid
    2. Black Sabbath
    3. Master of Reality
    4. Vol 4
    5. Heaven and Hell
    6. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
    7. Dehumanizer
    8. Sabotage
    9. Tyr
    10. Mob Rules
    11. 13
    12. Headless Cross
    13. Born Again
    14. The Eternal Idol
    15. Technical Ecstasy
    16. Never Say Die!
    17. Cross Purposes
    18. Forbidden
    19. Seventh Star
     
  2. Wyvern

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    Well it all depends if one consider "Seventh Star" a Black Sabbath album or an Iommi solo album (as it was originally intended and fucked up by the label). So for the sake of conversation let's include it on the list:

    1)"Heaven and Hell"
    2)"Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath"
    3)"Technical Ecstasy"
    4)"Black Sabbath"
    5)"Headless Cross"
    6)"Vol.4"
    7)"Paranoid"
    8)"Master Of Reality"
    9)"Mob Rules"
    10)"Born Again"
    11)"Sabotage"
    12)"Dehumanizer"
    13)"Tyr"
    14)"Seventh Star"
    15)"Cross Purposes"
    16)"Never Say Die"
    17)"The Eternal Idol"
    18)"13"
    19)"Forbidden"

    I'm very sure about positions 1, 18 & 19, in between shuffle can be done depending on day and mood.

    BTW, welcome to the board, read the rules and post as much as you can, we need new blood around here ;)
     
  3. wdiv

    wdiv Rattlehead

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    Wow -- Look at Tech Ecstasy getting some love!


    Master of Reality
    Heaven and Hell
    Paranoid
    Tyr
    Black Sabbath
    Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
    Sabotage
    Headless Cross
    Seventh Star
    Dehumanizer
    13
    Vol 4
    The Eternal Idol
    Mob Rules
    Born Again
    Cross Purposes
    Technical Ecstasy
    Never Say Die!
    Forbidden
     
  4. IntoTheEndlessVoid

    IntoTheEndlessVoid New Metal Member

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    I think Dehumanizer is criminally underrated as a Sabbath album, along with Tyr. Great lists guys!
     
  5. Wyvern

    Wyvern Master of Disaster
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    I think "Technical Ecstasy" is a great album from head to toes. Most Tony Martin era is very solid (except for the dreadful "Forbidden"), and criminally tried to be forgotten by Shozzy and their henchmen.
     
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  6. Bryant

    Bryant Mr. Sleepy

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    Heaven and Hell is tops and Mob Rules is not far behind. Headless Cross is also top five. Tough to give a solid list though. It changes with my mood.

    Bryant
     
  7. EspaDa

    EspaDa Pernicious Outcome of Demagogy

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    Vol. 4 is certainly top 4. I'd probably list Dehumanizer in my top eight or something like that. Forbidden of course has to be 19th, and at the top of my list there would be often underrated, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.
     
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    1. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
    2. Paranoid
    3. Black Sabbath
    4. Vol. 4
    5. Master of Reality
    6. Mob Rules
    7. Technical Ecstasy (Above Sabotage because of "Gypsy" and "Dirty Women")
    8. Sabotage
    9. Heaven and Hell
    10. Born Again
    Meh... sort the rest how you wish.

    P.S. My brother once did an imitation of Ozzy on Gypsy while we were listening to the album. While I was taking a swig of soda, he went "She read my fortune then she read my mind. She didn't like my thoughts at all..." Soda squirted out of both nostrils like I was a Pepsi-breathing dragon!
     
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    1. Black Sabbath
    2. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
    3. Paranoid
    4. Master Of Reality
    5. 13
    6. Heaven And Hell
    7. Mob Rules
    8. Vol 4
    9. Sabotage
    10. Never Say Die!
    11. Dehumanizer
    12. Technical Ecstasy
    13. Born Again
    14. The Eternal Idol
    15. Headless Cross
    16. Tyr
    17. Seventh Star
    18. Forbidden
    19. Cross Purposes

    I think neither Gillan/Martin nor the music from those periods were a good fit for Sabbath, so it's a double blow for that stuff. I want to like Seventh Star because Glenn's voice has great character on the album, but most of the music is lacklustre.
     
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    1) Heaven and Hell (while the collective Ozzy-era is pure god, no album - in any genre - can compete with H&H)

    2) Sabotage (sure, their first few are more influential. but, pound for pound, this albums is the greatest of the Ozzy era)
    3) Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath (see note above. it's applicable here, but this one simply isn't as dominant. with that said, "Spiral Architect" is among their ten greatest masterworks).
    4) Paranoid (any album that counts "Hand of Doom" and "Electric Funeral" amongst its 'second tier' can only be a masterpiece)
    5) Black Sabbath
    6) Master of Reality
    7) Volume 4
    8) Mob Rules
    9) Born Again (arguably the most under-rated album of all time)
    10) Technical Ecstasy (another in the top-ten of all-time underrated gems)
    11) Eternal Idol (an unexpected masterpiece)
    12) Tyr (see note above)
    13) Cross Purposes (the hot streak continues)
    14) Dehumanizer
    15) 13
    16) Devil You Know
    17) Never Say Die
    18) Headless Cross
    19) Forbidden
    20) Seventh Star
     
  11. TechnicalBarbarity

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    Paranoid > Master of Reality = Vol. 4 > Black Sabbath = Sabbath Bloody Sabbath > Heaven and Hell > Sabotage = Mob Rules > Born Again > Dehumanizer > the rest
     
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    I'm definitely in the minority but I believe that the Ronnie James Dio vocaled Sabbath albums are superior to the Ozzy lead Sabbath. Those releases are simply great. I still love to hear Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and IV on occasion but it's that RJD vibe that I come back to the most.
     
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    Actually that makes you the majority :D
     
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    1 - Sabotage
    2 - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
    3 - Vol 4
    4 - Heaven and Hell
    5 - Paranoid
    6 - Master of Reality
    7 - Dehumanizer
    8 - Black Sabbath
    9 - The Mob Rules
    10 - Technical Ecstasy
    11 - Never Say Die
    12 - Born Again
    13 - Cross Purposes
    14 - Eternal Idol
    15 - Seventh Star
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    16 - Headless Cross
    17 - Tyr
    18 - Forbidden

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    19 - 13. Absolutely bland, uncreative and unambitious.
     
  15. HadesRagnazrath

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    This will be hard. I'm going to rank them from best to worst.

    1.Master of Reality
    2.Paranoid
    3.Volume 4
    4.Black Sabbath
    5.Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
    6.Heaven and Hell
    7.Mob Rules
    8.Dehmanizer
    9.Technical Ecstasy
    10.Never Say Die!
    11.Born Again
    12.13
    13.The Eternal Idol

    I haven't listened to the rest. Also, I forgot Sabotage, add that in around fith place.
     
  16. J. Golden

    J. Golden Heaven and Hell Records

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    I find this a bit difficult since the album and musical direction was so different with each line up. Though I do believe that Sabbath with Ozzy was the defining. I find it interest how the writing changed with each singer to something closer to the band they were in previous to joining Sabbath. I think this just shows that the only time Sabbath were really an almost original band was with Ozzy.
    So I'll break it down like this, perhaps not the best but my favorites;

    Ozzy albums
    1. Black Sabbath
    2. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
    3. Vol 4
    4. Paranoid
    5. Master of Reality
    8. Sabotage
    9. Never Say Die!
    10. Technical Ecstasy
    11. 13 (this album was just sad, like watching an action movie with the guy who is 50 years to old to still be doing it, Could be my less fav or second to)

    Dio albums
    1. Heaven and Hell
    2. Mob Rules
    3. Dehumanizer (never got the hype on his one, love Dio but this point of Sab and Dio that just happened to sound the same just really wasn't doing it for me. Certainly one of my less liked Sab albums, but above 13 and Forbidden))

    Martin albums
    1. Headless Cross
    2. Cross Purposes
    3. TYR
    4. The Eternal Idol
    5. Forbidden (This was a terrible album, just terrible.

    Others
    1. Born Again (Good Deep Purple album)
    2. Seventh Star (it was ok, certainly a product of its time)
     
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  17. requiem

    requiem I bleed sir, but not killed

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    When I first saw the title of this thread I thought, 'awesome', then I clicked on it and realised that I'd forgotten that I'm not at all qualified to discuss most of the Tony Martin etc albums and that I walk around living my life having completely forgotten that they exist. So I'll rank the albums that I own/know (still need to buy Mob Rules and Dehumaniser can you believe it).

    1. Paranoid
    2. Master of Reality
    3. Heaven and Hell
    4. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
    5. Black Sabbath
    6. Vol 4
    7. 13
    8. Sabotage
    9. The Mob Rules
    10. Dehumaniser
    11. Never Say Die
    12. Technical Ecstacy
     
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    I'm restricted to a top five as haven't investigated the Sabbath back catalogue beyond the albums I own,

    1) Heaven and Hell
    2) Mob Rules
    3) Dehumanizer
    4) Seventh Star"
    5) Born Again
     
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  19. requiem

    requiem I bleed sir, but not killed

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    Oooh, provocative hahahaha.
     
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    Heaven And Hell was my no.1 trip song when I used to take durgs but Black Sabbath is my favourite album
     
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