Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (song)

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"Sabbath Bloody Sabbath"
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Single by Black Sabbath
from the album Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
B-side "Changes"
Released1 December 1973 (UK)
January 1974 (US)
Recorded1973
Genre Heavy metal
Length5:45
Label Castle (UK)
Warner Bros. (US)
Songwriter(s) Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward
Producer(s) Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath singles chronology
"Tomorrow's Dream"
(1972)
"Sabbath Bloody Sabbath"
(1973)
"Am I Going Insane (Radio)"
(1975)

"Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" is the opening title track of British heavy metal band Black Sabbath's fifth album, released in 1973.

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Black Sabbath British heavy metal band

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Its main riff has been cited as "the riff that saved Black Sabbath" [1] because Tony Iommi, who wrote most of the band's music, had been suffering from writer's block. [2] [3] They resorted to drastic measures (including renting out the supposedly haunted Clearwell Castle to live in) to inspire him. [2] [3]

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The song was rarely played live in the 1970s. During the Heaven & Hell Tour, it was brought back for a number of shows, then dropped. On the Cross Purposes tour, it usually closed shows, while on the Forbidden tour, it was in the middle of the setlist and featured additional guitar by Geoff Nicholls. [4]

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During Sabbath's late-1990s Reunion tour, the song was played but shortened, dropping the final vocal section. During the 13 Tour and The End Tour, the opening riff was played as an intro to "Paranoid".

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