Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath (2012 Remaster)


Released February 13, 1970 (UK), June 30, 1970 (US)

The first studio album by Black Sabbath. The album was recorded in one 8 hour session. The original European version of the record featured the pre-album single “Evil Woman” as the first track on the B-side while the North American version featured the song “Wicked World” (the B-side to the “Evil Woman” single) as the lead track on the second side of the record. Some current CD versions of the album now feature both tracks.

The North American version also features more song titles than actual songs. These extra titles are often believed to refer to the intros of certain songs:
“Wasp” is believed to refer to the intro of “Behind The Wall Of Sleep”
“Bassically” refers to the bass solo that opens “N.I.B.”.
“A Bit Of Finger” is believed to refer to the acoustic intro of “Sleeping Village”.
North American versions also usually group “Wasp”, “Behind The Wall Of Sleep”, “Bassically”, and “N.I.B.” on one track and “Sleeping Village”, “A Bit Of Finger” and “Warning” on another single track while European version separate all the tracks.


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Cover photo courtesy Rhino Records

Writing Credits
All selections written by Iommi/Osborne/Butler/Ward, except Evil Woman by Wiegard/Wiegard/Waggenor Warning by Aynsley Dunbar

Other Credits

  • Tony Iommi – Lead Guitar & Keyboards
  • Geezer Butler – Bass
  • Ozzy Osbourne – Vocals (Spelled Ossie Osbourne on the original print)
  • Bill Ward – Drums
  • Roger Bain – Producer (for Tony Hall Enterprises)
  • Tom Allom & Barry Sheffield – Engineers
  • 2012 Digital Remaster by Andy Pearce & Matt Wortham
  • 2012 Vinyl Mastering by Greg Moore @ Masterpiece


  • The original release is somewhat rare. It was done on double LP sleeve, with the left sleeve glued up. Inside, the background is black. On the left hand side are the words Black Sabbath (the Sabbath spills over on to the right sleeve.) On the right sleeve is an inverted cross. On the inside of the cross is a short poem that appears below.
  • On the second release, the sleeve is the same as the original release, except that the sleeve background is white.
  • NIB does not stand for “Nativity in Black”.  It is a reference to a nickname the band had for Bill Ward’s beard at the time, a “pen nib”.
  • Evil Woman is a cover song – it was originally done by a band called “Crow”
  • Warning is a cover song – it was originally done by “Ansley Dunbar’s Retaliation”  (That’s the Ansley Dunbar of early Journey fame)
  • Supposedly recorded Nov 17, 1969.
  • Geezer Butler had this to say to a fan via email when asked what bass guitars he played on the first two Black Sabbath records:  “Hello Steve, on the first two albums I used a P-bass. On the first album i used a Laney 70 watt guitar amp through a Park 4×12 cabinet [it only had three speakers in it- couldn’t afford to buy a 4th speaker]. Strings were probably old Rotosound, as I think that was the only choice in those days. They were roundwound but were so old they probably sounded like flatwounds. I’m not sure what amplification I used on Paranoid, but it was probably Laney, and newer Rotosounds. Thank you for your interest, Geezer.”
  • The 2012 vinyl remaster corrected the original error on the inner sleeve from 1970 where Ozzy was spelled “Ossie”.
2016 Release of 2012 Remaster
GatefoldComes with a printed inner sleeve and with a poly inner sleeve.

Front sticker:
Black Sabbath
& “N.I.B.”
RRI 1871

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 81227 94666 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): R1 552928 A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): R1 552928 B1


Notes courtesy Black Sabbath Online & Discogs


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