Tuesday, August 7, 2007

"Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" and "Heaven and Hell"

As I have told you in the previous post, I was trying to decide which one, in my humble opinion, is the best Black Sabbath album. After some time listening to Black Sabbath, I decided that it is not "Heaven & Hell", nor even "Paranoid" as stated by my friend Breno in the comments of the afore mentioned post, but for me it is "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath"! It is Black Sabbath, it is CLASSIC, it is pure and raw Rock'n'Roll and Heavy Metal at the same time, and it is the bestest album of the bestest band ever! The best album for the time being, and until I change my mind again. It was a VERY DIFFICULT choice.

Still my favorite Black Sabbath's song is "Heaven & Hell". And I don't think I am ever going to change that. When this song was recorded, sometime between 1979 and 1980, Ozzy Osbourne was not part of Black Sabbath anymore. The singer was Ronnie James Dio, and for me he is the best singer that ever sang with Black Sabbath, and one of the best Heavy Metal singers around the world. Ozzy is the classical voice of Black Sabbath, he shows much of his personality while he sings, and that is what gave Black Sabbath their identity in their first albums and made him one of the world's most classical heavy metal singers, but that was not enough to make him the best Black Sabbath singer. But he is an awesome singer nonetheless. The point is: Black Sabbath, with even some radical changes after Ozzy left (was fired) the band and with Dio in his place as as the new singer, was still perfect, and yet recorded one of the best Heavy Metal albums of all time, and also my favorite Black Sabbath song!

Heaven and Hell
by Black Sabbath

Sing me a song, you're a singer
do me a wrong, you're a bringer of evil
The Devil is never a maker
the less that you give, you're a taker
So it's on and on and on, it's Heaven and Hell, oh well

The lover of life's not a sinner
The ending is just a beginner
The closer you get to the meaning
the sooner you'll know that you're dreaming
So it's on and on and on, oh it's on and on and on
It goes on and on and on, Heaven and Hell
I can tell, fool, fool!

Well if it seems to be real, it's illusion
for every moment of truth, there's confusion in life
Love can be seen as the answer, but nobody bleeds for the dancer
and it's on and on, on and on and on....

They say that life's a carousel
Spinning fast, you've got to ride it well
The world is full of Kings and Queens
who blind your eyes and steal your dreams
It's Heaven and Hell, oh well
And they'll tell you black is really white
The moon is just the sun at night
And when you walk in golden halls
you get to keep the gold that falls
It's Heaven and Hell, oh no!
Fool, fool!
You've got to bleed for the dancer!
Fool, fool!
Look for the answer!
Fool, fool, fool!

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