Sabbath bloody sabbath (album dei Black Sabbath del 1973)

SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH è un album inciso nel 1973 dai Black Sabbath all’apice della carriera.

Il quinto disco di Osbourne e compagni si apre con una sventagliata di energia portata dal pezzo omonimo arricchito dal bongo di Bill Ward. A national acrobat mette in primo piano una notevole prestazione vocale di Osbourne. La strumentale Fluff gode di un arrangiamento eccezionale di Will Malone e Rick Wakeman, quest’ultimo allora in auge con gli Yes ed autore del dolce tappeto sonoro della traccia. Sabbra cadabra, tra canzone d’amore e hard/rock con Iommi al piano e nuovamente Wakeman al minimoog. Killing yourself to live propone Ozzy al sintetizzatore. Who are you? lancia Iommi da polistrumentista suonando chitarre elettrica e acustica e piano, cui Butler aggiunge basso e mellotron e Ward i timpani. Looking for today accomuna il battito delle mani di Ward, Butler e Ozzy ed il flauto di Tony: molto efficace il risultato. Chiude Spiral architect, testo di Geezer, cornamusa suonata da Iommi, mentre tornano i timpani di Ward e spiccano gli archi dei The Phantom Fiddlers.

Successo mondiale l’ennesimo dei Black Sabbath con influenze in voga in quei fulgidi anni settanta di rock progressivo fuso al loro eccezionale heavy/metal. Da segnalare che il testo di Killing yourself to live fu scritto da Geezer mentre era ricoverato per un problema renale scatenato dalla bottiglia.

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