Black Sabbath: Released 45 Years Ago Today

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Forty-five years ago today, Black Sabbath released their first album to the world. The band was even so generous as to upload a video of their performance live at L'Olympia Bruno Coquatrix in Paris performing songs from the first album and Paranoid on 20 December 1970:

We've all watched this a few times at various places on YouTube. It's awesome to see a Black Sabbath-sanctioned version!

As a side note, Black Sabbath had both a European and a U.S. release. When I got the first album, I never realized there was another track: Evil Woman. I eventually got another copy of "Black Sabbath" that had Evil Woman on it. Hope you've heard Evil Woman. If not, it's very easy to find now on the Interwebs... Here are the tracks of the albums:

European Release
Side one

  1. "Black Sabbath"
  2. "The Wizard"
  3. "Behind the Wall of Sleep"
  4. "N.I.B."

Side two

  1. "Evil Woman"
  2. "Sleeping Village"
  3. "Warning"

North American Release
Side one

  1. "Black Sabbath"
  2. "The Wizard"
  3. "Wasp/Behind the Wall of Sleep/Bassically/N.I.B."

Side two

  1. "Wicked World"
  2. "A Bit of Finger*/Sleeping Village/Warning"

*Interesting that "A Bit of Finger", a reference to Tony Iommi losing the tips of his 2nd and 3rd fingers on his left hand in a metal-cutting accident, never made it to the European release...

Black Sabbath's First Album, 1969