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OZZY...........As in Ozzie and Harriet? Not Hardly!

The original lineup of Ozzy Osbourne, Toni Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward released the self-titled Black Sabbath in 1970, and changed the sound of heavy metal forever. With songs like NIB (which is a recent remake), the Wizard, and Warning, this album launched the career of the band. It was comparatively not a huge success commercially, but it got a lot of people's attention.

The commercial success came with their second release, Paranoid. This is one of the true classics of rock history, and belongs in everyone's collection. Featuring tunes like War Pigs, Paranoid, Iron Man, Electric Funeral, and Fairies Wear Boots, this album was solid from start to finish.

Master of Reality was their third offering. If you pay close attention to the lyrics of some of the songs off this album, you will realize that sometimes Black Sabbath was trying to spread a positive message about religion. Most of their early work had some kind of serious message, whether it was pro-religion, anti-war, anti-establishment, anti-religion, or whatever. A lot of people never understood the pro-religion thing.

Volume 4 is another classic, with tunes like Wheels of Confusion, Snowblind, and St Vitus Dance.

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath was another early release that had some great tunes with a message, like Killing Yourself to Live. Good stuff...

Another release that I really like is Heaven and Hell, from 1980. Of course, Ozzy had left the band long before this album came out, but Ronnie James Dio stepped in as front man and did a great job on this album. The best songs from this album are Heaven and Hell, Children of the Sea, and Neon Knights.

Black Sabbath also released some very mellow songs in this first batch of albums.

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