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Black Sabbath - Symptom of the Universe: The Original Black Sabbath 1970-1978 (2002) Retail CD
Well, first I bought 'Black Sabbath's Greatest Hits 1970-1978'. It was a good intro, but after it was done... I WANTED MORE!
So I found a copy of 'Symptom' in the Amazon Marketplace, brand spankin' new for $13. Got it today and listened to it all in one shot. The sound is ferocious! It was just what I needed.
Another factor in buying this 2 disc set was reading all the reviews about how certain songs should have been on the one disc, like "Fairies Wear Boots", and how "Iron Man" got cut in half.
I'm glad I bought this. The booklet was so informative about the band's history, and their story andmore… the music gave me a real appreciation for Ozzy Osbourne... something I never thought possible!
As for the music, the early stuff DOES remind me of Zeppelin, not a bad thing. But as it progresses BS really does come into their own. Disc two's songs are pretty diverse. Who knew they could do an old fashioned rave up like I heard on "Rock and Roll Doctor"? Not me!
Another surprise was the lyrics; again pretty diverse. None of the themes are really pleasant (nuclear war, paranoia, alienation), but they had something to say.
My fave Sab is Bill Ward. Sometimes his drumming is like John Bonham's, yet other times he sounds like a jazz drummer (check out "War Pigs".).
The only thing I don't like about this set is the title, 'Symptom of the Universe'. 'Anthology' would have sufficed.
So take it from someone new to the greatness that is Black Sabbath; skip their new one disc best of and buy this instead. You will be so glad you did.
|9||Fairies Wear Boots|
|11||Children Of The Grave|
|12||Into The Void|
|13||Lord Of This World|
|7||Sabbath Bloody Sabbath|
|10||Am I Going Insane (Radio)|
|11||Symptom Of The Universe|
|12||Hole In The Sky|
|13||Rock 'N' Roll Doctor|
|15||Never Say Die|
|16||A Hard Road|
- Black Sabbath - Symptom of the Universe: The Original Black Sabbath 1970-1978 (2002) Retail CD
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