13 by Black Sabbath
End of the Beginning
God is Dead
Age of Reason
As my last guest post, I have to write about Black Sabbath. Now there are times when I pick on students of mine for having limited musical tastes. I give them a hard time for not branching out, or expanding their musical horizons. Well, let me be honest about this. It is something I have to admit, but I am certainly not one to talk about "expanding musical tastes". From the age of 17 to the age of 21, I think I listened to only 8 albums, all from only one band. Yes, I took those six albums and played them over and over again. Of course I have some great memories from those albums. Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Masters of Reality, Volume IV, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Sabotage, Technical Ecstasy and Never Say Die. I know every word, every riff, every sound of every song. I only heard each one about 100 times. It simply never got old.
I had a Ford Pinto those days. No, it did not blow up, but yeah, I worried. I had a sound system worth more than the car. I had JBL speakers with a Pioneer system and it was all mounted under the seat so no one could see it. It was famous. I actually blew up three speakers, all on the same song....."NIB" from their first album. Wow, those were the days.
Needless to say, I have been teased so many times by the on-again off-again reunion of my all-time favorite band. This album actually got its start 12 years ago. It simply did not happen until now. Even now, Bill Ward could not come to an agreement with the other three members, and a different drummer was used. Hey Bill, WTF? You are nearly 70. How
many more chances you got coming on this one? I think the train left the station, and yes, you are clearly missed, but not enough to spoil my chance to hear one more amazing album, and finally, yes, finally see the original Black Sabbath.
Now, on to this album. It simply rocks. It is amazing. I love this album. The first single, "God is Dead", is simply put, one of the best songs to be written in, coincidentally, 36 years. Wow, imagine that. This album has been raked over the coals for its mixing, for its sound and for everything else. But I am a Black Sabbath fan....enough of one to where I only listened to Black Sabbath for years. And for me, this album is amazing. Thank you Ozzy. Thanks Geezer. Thanks Tony. I have been waiting for this my entire adult life. I know you had to put aside years of difficulties, but THANK YOU!!! The show at the Sports Arena in LA is going to be amazing.
The thing is, Black Sabbath did something no one else has ever done. They have had two #1 albums.....separated by 43 years. Wow. 43 years apart. Unreal.
Listen. Maybe you are young, and maybe you have never explored the world of Black Sabbath. So much of what we listen to today has been based off what these four guys did two generations ago. Buy this album. Listen. Enjoy. And become the next generation of life-long Black Sabbath fanatics.
Dan Adler was raised in Southern California to a mom and dad, one of whom appreciated Creedence and left wing anti-war politics. By the teenage years, Dan became obsessed with Black Sabbath, listening to the same seven albums repeatedly for 5 years. During this time, his favorite concert experience was seeing Metallica open for a bunch of bands that no longer exist and winning the 1st ever Santa Cruz Air Guitar contest. After several years in Africa listening and dancing to Chimurenga music, Dan returned to have the two best children in the world, one of whom spends a lot of time at concerts with him. What a lucky dad!