Favorite Black Sabbath Album – Readers Poll
The original lineup of Black Sabbath is back together (minus drummer Bill Ward) and working on a new album, ’13,’ set for release in June 2013. But before that disc comes out, we’re looking back at the legendary heavy metal band’s historic career by asking you, the fans, to vote for your favorite Black Sabbath album.
Black Sabbath have cranked out some pretty amazing albums over the years, first with Ozzy Osbourne and then with such singers as Ronnie James Dio and Tony Martin fronting the band. The one constant member has always been guitarist Tony Iommi, with both Geezer Butler and Bill Ward stepping away from the group at different points over the past 40-plus years.
In 1970 alone, Sabbath released their self-titled debut with ‘Evil Woman’ and ‘The Wizard’ on it, followed by ‘Paranoid’ with the title track and ‘Iron Man.’ 1971′s ‘Masters of Reality’ gave us ‘After Forever’ and 1972′s ‘Black Sabbath, Vol. 4′ churned out ‘Tomorrow’s Dream’ before 1973′s ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’ spawned the classic title track. There was also 1975′s ‘Sabotage,’ 1976′s ‘Technical Ecstasy’ and 1978′s ‘Never Say Die’ before Osbourne departed. That latter disc served up ‘Never Say Die’ and ‘A Hard Road’ as singles.
The Ronnie James Dio era featured two great discs — 1980′s ‘Heaven and Hell’ which featured ‘Neon Knights’ and ‘Die Young,’ as well as 1981′s ‘Mob Rules,’ with ‘The Mob Rules,’ ‘Voodoo,’ and ‘Turn Up the Night.’ He would later return for 1992′s ‘Dehumanizer’ record, which gave us the single ‘TV Crimes.’ Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan fronted the band’s 1983 effort ‘Born Again’ album, while his Deep Purple bandmate Glenn Hughes sang on 1986′s ‘Seventh Star.’
The Tony Martin era began in 1987 with ‘The Eternal Idol’ and followed with 1989′s ‘Headless Cross’ (which spawned ‘Devil and Daughter’ and the title track) and 1990′s ‘TYR.’ After a one-album break, Martin would return for 1994′s ‘Cross Purposes,’ which provided ‘The Hand That Rocks the Cradle,’ and the 1995 disc ‘Forbidden’ as well.
Eighteen albums — that’s a very prolific career, and there’s some great music there to choose from. So here’s your chance to weigh in. Tell us in the poll below which Black Sabbath album was your favorite.