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October 31, 2013 5:19 PM   Subscribe

Black Sabbath, live in Paris, 1970.

Cribbed from a YouTube comment:

1:55 PARANOID
5:30 HAND OF DOOM
13:28 IRON MAN
20:00 BLACK SABBATH(INTRO)
22:07 BLACK SABBATH
31:18 NIB
37:18 BEHIND OF THE WALL OF SLEEP
43:05 WAR PIGS
51:01 FAIRIES WEAR BOOTS
posted by Bookhouse (22 comments total) 37 users marked this as a favorite

 
This is the greatest thing ever. Check out Bill Ward's drumming on War Pigs. Unreal. I could watch him all day.
posted by Ike_Arumba at 5:29 PM on October 31, 2013 [6 favorites]


The first three albums were all I ever cared for. And they made them all within about a 12 month stretch. This video is from that time. They are 22 years old. To give a sense, they wrote and recorded the song Paranoid in about an hour - Ozzy was reading the lyrics for the first time from a scrap of paper while they recorded it to album. Something magical from that year.
posted by stbalbach at 6:00 PM on October 31, 2013 [3 favorites]


..the magical thing: "We were getting into coke, big time", Ward explained. "Uppers, downers, Quaaludes, whatever you like. It got to the stage where you come up with ideas and forget them, because you were just so out of it."
posted by stbalbach at 6:03 PM on October 31, 2013 [4 favorites]


Oh my, Ozzy looks all of fifteen. Wow.
posted by louche mustachio at 6:18 PM on October 31, 2013


Previously (though not the entire show).
posted by googly at 6:43 PM on October 31, 2013


Holy moly, this is fantastic.
posted by Sphinx at 6:44 PM on October 31, 2013


"Uppers, downers, Quaaludes, whatever you like. It got to the stage where you come up with ideas and forget them, because you were just so out of it."

FUCK do I ever miss .... being in a band.
posted by mannequito at 7:04 PM on October 31, 2013


Who the fuck has ever rocked as hard as early Sabbath? Paranoid is a great album, but it's restrained and subdued compared to this. Bill Ward is a monster.
posted by mubba at 7:09 PM on October 31, 2013


The first three albums were all I ever cared for

I can see how Vol. 4 is not everyone's cup of tea (yet Snowblind!), but Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is easily right up there.
posted by ersatz at 7:19 PM on October 31, 2013 [4 favorites]


Yeah, this is my favorite performance of theirs. Ozzy was so very alive there.

Vol. 4 has two totally shitty tracks, but the rest are great. Under the Sun is just insanely heavy.

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, on the other hand, has the title track which is colossal, but the only other track which holds any interest for me is half of Killing Yourself to Live. Sabotage was a step up from that.

Then, they were pretty much coasting until Dio showed up.
posted by ignignokt at 7:32 PM on October 31, 2013


In this, I am in full accordance with Henry Rollins.


Start naming natural disasters after Black Sabbath's first four albums.


Not the individual albums- literally, "Black Sabbath's first four albums just wiped out Mobile, Alabama." Fuck yeah, they did!
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 7:46 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Your other Halloween-related video with Ozzy Osbourne:Bark At The Moon
posted by Going To Maine at 7:47 PM on October 31, 2013


Just a little further down the rabbit hole brings up Black Sabbath: Blue Suede Shoes
posted by stargell at 8:24 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


I love seeing concerts from this time, but this takes the cake. Fucking hell.
posted by swift at 9:16 PM on October 31, 2013


Ha, 57:49 murse.
posted by buzzman at 9:19 PM on October 31, 2013


This was the era when gods walked the earth as men. I remember the pure satisfaction I got walking into the house with a Black Sabbath album under one arm and my good Lutheran mother had several cows and kittens just seeing that name. Ah, good times.
posted by Ber at 9:26 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


It was the only band that could compare to led zeppelin. Did Jimmy Page like them? I hope that he did.
posted by bukvich at 10:06 PM on October 31, 2013


For some reason my parents, (born 1940 and 1942) had a copy of Black Sabbath's first album.

Here's another inexplicable thing: Ozzy at the Folsom Street Parade, 1970, via the GLBT Historical Society of Northern California. Silent footage, unfortunately.
posted by larrybob at 10:06 PM on October 31, 2013


Good old Yorkshire Television, I wonder why the hell it was them that made this?

I have a few old friends who worked there during that period, must ask them.
posted by hardcode at 1:58 AM on November 1, 2013


Great video of Sabbath at the top of their game. One has heard Iron Man and Paranoid so many times, it's easy to forget how utterly fantastic these songs are, but seeing this early footage brings it all back.

"Uppers, downers, Quaaludes, whatever you like. It got to the stage where you come up with ideas and forget them, because you were just so out of it."

The white pills, scored down the middle, with Rorer 714 imprinted on them used to be as common as anything in the 1970s. One of those and a six pack of beer and "so out of it" describes the effect pretty well. Goddamn it is a wonder that any of us survived.

The Wikipedia page reports: "As reported by Quest Diagnostics in 2011, methaqualone had a 0% positive drug testing rate in the US, making it one of the least used recreational drugs in that year."

The times. They change.

But what has clearly caused Ozbourne's adelpated dotage is all of the violent head-shaking. Wow.
posted by three blind mice at 1:58 AM on November 1, 2013


Check out Bill Ward's drumming on War Pigs. Unreal. I could watch him all day.

Seconded. Mr. Ward was gettin' it.

Love the spare stick in the belt loop. And the gong-sized crashes.
posted by petebest at 6:05 AM on November 1, 2013


Ozzy looks almost...cherubic.
posted by gottabefunky at 10:13 AM on November 1, 2013


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