Progrography

Black Sabbath
This is where the line blurs between prog and metal, reality and unreality. Black Sabbath's music took listeners to places; not the natural spires of Yes or the kaleidoscopic counterpoint of Gentle Giant, but a great murky Limbo where Heaven and Hell might both be glimpsed. Much is made of the band's "classic" period, which most agree extends to Sabotage. Some stuck around long enough to champion the albums with Ronnie James Dio, others boarded the crazy train and followed Ozzy instead. Despite critical derision, Sabbath forged a new direction in rock with their debut, produced one of the great rock albums of all time in Paranoid, and left behind a paean to pot ("Sweet Leaf") that should be entered as testimony when the legalization hearings take place one day. The rest of it's gravy; wonderful, warm gravy.

Date ALBUMS / Singles
1970 January Evil Woman (Don't Play Your Games With Me)
1970 February BLACK SABBATH
1970 August Paranoid
1970 September PARANOID
1971 July 1 MASTER OF REALITY
1972 January Iron Man
1972 September Tomorrow's Dream
1972 September VOLUME 4
1973 October Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
1973 December 1 SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH
1975 August SABOTAGE
1975 December WE SOLD OUR SOUL FOR ROCK 'N' ROLL
1975 BEST OF BLACK SABBATH, VOL. 2
1976 February Am I Going Insane (Radio)
1976 October TECHNICAL ECSTASY
1976 November It's Alright
1976 December Paranoid
1977 December GREATEST HITS
1978 May Never Say Die
1978 September Hard Road
1978 September Paranoid
1978 October NEVER SAY DIE!
1980 April HEAVEN AND HELL
1980 Lady Evil (edit)
1980 June Neon Knights
1980 June LIVE AT LAST
1980 November Die Young
1981 October Mob Rules
1981 October MOB RULES
1982 February Turn Up The Night
1982 December LIVE EVIL
1983 July BORN AGAIN
1983 October Stonehenge
1983 Trashed (edit)
1985 August THE COLLECTION
1985 December BOXED SET
1986 February SEVENTH STAR
1986 Danger Zone
1986 June CLASSIC CUTS FROM THE VAULT
1987 The Shining
1987 November THE ETERNAL IDOL
1989 March Paranoid
1989 April Headless Cross
1989 April HEADLESS CROSS
1989 Black Moon
1989 June Devil and Daughter
1989 The Gates of Hell
1989 November BLACKEST SABBATH
1990 January BACKTRACKIN': 21ST ANNIVERSARY EDITION
1990 March Paranoid
1990 August T Y R
1990 September Feels Good To Me
1991 May THE OZZY OSBOURNE YEARS
1991 CHILDREN OF THE GRAVE
1992 June 29 DEHUMANIZER
1992 Time Machine
1992 June TV Crimes
1992 I
1992 Master of Insanity
1994 January CROSS PURPOSES
1994 September IRON MAN
1995 March CROSS PURPOSES LIVE
1995 June FORBIDDEN
1995 Guilty As Hell
1995 November BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL 1970-1983
1996 November UNDER WHEELS OF CONFUSION 1970-1987
1996 THE SABBATH STONES
1998 August IRON MAN
1998 October REUNION
1998 December Psycho Man
1999 February Paranoid
1999 September BEST OF OZZY OSBORNE YEARS
2004 February 10 ROCK CHAMPIONS
2000 May LIVE
2002 August 20 PAST LIVES
2002 October 22 SYMPTOM OF THE UNIVERSE: THE ORIGINAL BLACK SABBATH (1970-1978)
2004 April 12 THE BEST OF BLACK SABBATH
2004 April 27 BLACK BOX: THE COMPLETE ORIGINAL BLACK SABBATH (1970-1978)
2006 March 14 GREATEST HITS 1970-1978
2007 April 2 THE DIO YEARS
2008 July 22 THE RULES OF HELL (BOX SET)
2010 October 5 PAST LIVES
2010 November 30 BLACK SABBATH (BOX SET)
SEE ALSO...
DIO discography
OZZY OSBOURNE discography
BILL WARD discography
Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Black Sabbath
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