Sweet Leaf

Last updated
"Sweet Leaf"
Song by Black Sabbath
from the album Master of Reality
Released21 July 1971 (1971-07-21)
Recorded Record Plant, Los Angeles, California, 1971
Genre Heavy metal, stoner rock
Length5:05
Label Vertigo (UK)
Warner Bros. Records (US)
Songwriter(s) Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward
Producer(s) Rodger Bain

"Sweet Leaf" is a song by Black Sabbath from their third studio album Master of Reality , released in 1971. It is considered as one of the band's signature songs. It was included on their initial greatest hits compilation We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll (1976).

Contents

Overview

The song begins with a tape loop of guitarist Tony Iommi coughing from a joint he was smoking with bandmate Ozzy Osbourne. [1] The song refers to marijuana, which the band was using frequently. [2] The title of the song was taken from a packet of Irish cigarettes which said "It's the sweet leaf".

Significance

Sweet Leaf, alongside the rest of Master of Reality arguably represents the origin of the stoner rock genre. In 2015 a compilation album, also titled Sweet Leaf, comprising covers of Black Sabbath songs by stoner rock bands was released by Deadline Music. [3]

"Sweet Leaf" was ranked the 10th best Black Sabbath song by Rock - Das Gesamtwerk der größten Rock-Acts im Check. [4]

Notable Samples

The main guitar riff, paired with a loop of a drum sample from Led Zeppelin's version of When the Levee Breaks [5] , is the instrumental basis of the Beastie Boys' song "Rhymin & Stealin", the first track on their breakthrough album Licensed to Ill (1986). [6]

The Red Hot Chili Peppers play the riff as the outro to their hit song "Give It Away" (1991). [7]

The Butthole Surfers have reworked the song as "Sweat Loaf" (1987), and Shooter Jennings samples music from it in his 2005 song "Put the 'O' Back in Country" (2005). [8]

Related Research Articles

"War Pigs" is a song by English heavy metal band Black Sabbath. It is the opening track from their 1970 album Paranoid.

Iron Man (song) song by Black Sabbath

"Iron Man" is a song written and performed by the English heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released on their 1970 album Paranoid. The lyrics tell the story of a man who time travels into the future and sees the apocalypse. In the process of returning to the present, he is turned into steel by a magnetic storm. He is rendered mute, unable verbally to warn people of his vision of impending destruction. His attempts to communicate are ignored and mocked. This causes Iron Man to become furious, and drives his revenge on mankind, causing the apocalypse seen in his vision.

Paranoid (Black Sabbath song) song by Black Sabbath

"Paranoid" is a song by the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, featured on their second album Paranoid (1970). It is the first single from the album, while the B-side is the song "The Wizard". It reached number 4 on the UK Singles Chart and number 61 on the Billboard Hot 100.

"N.I.B." is a song released by British rock band Black Sabbath. It first appeared as the fourth track on the band's 1970 debut album, Black Sabbath. The lyrics are in the first person from the point of view of Lucifer. Lyricist Geezer Butler has said that "the song was about the devil falling in love and totally changing, becoming a good person."

"Black Sabbath" is a song by the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, written in 1969 and released on their self titled debut album. In 1970, it was released as a four-track 12-inch single, with "The Wizard" also on the A-side and "Evil Woman" and "Sleeping Village" on B-side, on the Philips Records label Vertigo. It is widely considered to be the first heavy metal song.

The Wizard (Black Sabbath song) song by Black Sabbath

"The Wizard" is a song by the British rock band Black Sabbath, taken from their 1970 album Black Sabbath. It is the second track on the record. The song was composed by all four members of the group and was produced by Rodger Bain. "The Wizard" was the B-side to the title track of the band's second album Paranoid.

"Changes" is a song by Black Sabbath. It first appeared on Vol. 4 which was released in 1972.

"Heaven and Hell" is the title track of Black Sabbath's ninth studio album. The music was written mainly by guitarist Tony Iommi, but – as with almost all Sabbath albums – credit is given to the entire band. The lyrics were written entirely by then newcomer Ronnie James Dio.

"Fairies Wear Boots" is a song by the English heavy metal band Black Sabbath, appearing on their 1970 album Paranoid. It was released in 1971 as the B-side to the single "After Forever".

"Into the Void" is a song by British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in 1971 on their album Master of Reality. An early version of "Into the Void" called "Spanish Sid" was released on the deluxe edition of Master of Reality. It is written in the key of C# minor.

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (song) single

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

"Symptom of the Universe" is a song by the heavy metal band Black Sabbath, from their 1975 album Sabotage. The song was an early influence on the development of thrash metal.

"Cross-Eyed Mary" is a song by the British progressive rock band Jethro Tull from their album Aqualung (1971).

Children of the Grave song by Black Sabbath

"Children of the Grave" is a song by British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, from their 1971 album Master of Reality. The song lyrically continues with the same anti-war themes brought on by "War Pigs" and "Electric Funeral" from Paranoid, adding in Geezer Butler's pacifist ideals of non-violent civil disobedience. Two previously unreleased versions of this song are released on the deluxe edition of Master of Reality. The first is a version with alternate lyrics, the second an instrumental version.

"Children of the Sea" is a song by heavy metal band Black Sabbath, from their ninth studio album, Heaven and Hell (1980).

A Song for Jeffrey 1968 song performed by Jethro Tull

"A Song for Jeffrey" is a song recorded by the English progressive rock band Jethro Tull. Despite being released as a single in the U.K., "A Song for Jeffrey" was the B-side to "Love Story" in the U.S. It is written in honor of Ian Anderson's friend and future Jethro Tull bassist Jeffrey Hammond. Another version of the song was recorded for play on BBC radio.

God Is Dead? single by Black Sabbath

"God Is Dead?" is a song by heavy metal band Black Sabbath featured on the album 13. It is the first single from the album, and the first with Ozzy Osbourne since 1998's "Psycho Man" and "Selling My Soul" from Reunion. The song was released via an MP3 download on Amazon. It was also available as a free download to those who pre-ordered the full album on iTunes. The song in its entirety was posted on the official YouTube channel in promotion of this. Both the song title and figure on the single's cover, by Heather Cassils, are a reference to Friedrich Nietzsche, a German philosopher who is famous for saying that "God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers?". It is Black Sabbath's longest song.

End of the Beginning (song) 2013 single by Black Sabbath

"End of the Beginning" is a song by English rock band Black Sabbath featured on the album 13. According to lyricist Geezer Butler, the song deals with the fear of how "technology is going to completely take over the human race", inspired particularly by cloning: "It seems like eventually, people are going to clone the Beatles and stuff like that. I mean, it’s already happening now with a "Tupac" at Coachella, using holograms. But eventually I think they’ll start cloning people like the Beatles, and sending them out on endless tours." Music Scholar and Black Sabbath fanatic, Nolan Stolz, notes that there are apparent similarities between "End of the Beginning" and "Black Sabbath", the first song off of the first album released by Black Sabbath. It is probable that this was an artistic statement signifying the band getting back to their roots.

Songs from the Wood (song)

"Songs from the Wood" is the title track off of English rock band Jethro Tull's album Songs from the Wood. Written by frontman Ian Anderson, it features a folk-rock style that characterizes the Songs from the Wood album.

Too Old to Rock n Roll: Too Young to Die (song)

"Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die" is a song British progressive rock band Jethro Tull. Written by frontman Ian Anderson, it was released on their 1976 album of the same name. Written about an aging biker, the song title was inspired by a flight Anderson had taken in the United States.

References

  1. Symptom of the Universe: The Original Black Sabbath 1970–1978 (Media notes). Black Sabbath. Rhino. 2002.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ByComplex. "The Best Songs About Weed". Complex. Retrieved 2020-03-29.
  3. "Sweet Leaf - A Stoner Rock Salute To Black Sabbath (2015, CD)". Discogs. 2015-10-30. Retrieved 2020-03-29.
  4. Rehe, Christoph (2013). Rock - Das Gesamtwerk der größten Rock-Acts im Check: alle Alben, alle Songs. Ein eclipsed-Buch (in German). Sysyphus Sysyphus Verlags GmbH. ISBN   3868526463.
  5. https://ultimateclassicrock.com/beastie-boys-led-zeppelin-licensed-to-ill/
  6. "Black Sabbath - Google Books". Books.google.com. Retrieved 2020-03-29.
  7. "Black Sabbath - Google Books". Books.google.com. Retrieved 2020-03-29.
  8. "Black Sabbath - Google Books". Books.google.com. Retrieved 2020-03-29.