Sabotage

Label
Universal Music India Ltd.
Release date
21 Sep 2009
Running length
8 tracks
Running time
43:04

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Hole in the Sky 4:45 172,401
2 Don't Start (Too Late) 0:49 121,758
3 Symptom of the Universe 4:52 159,973
4 Megalomania 9:54 79,474
5 The Thrill of It All 5:56 40,995
6 Supertzar 3:44 79,590
7 Am I Going Insane (Radio) 4:19 107,022
8 The Writ 8:45 69,849

About this album

Black Sabbath began work on their sixth album in February 1975, again in England at Morgan Studios in Willesden, London. They had a decisive vision to differ the sound from their previous album Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. Guitarist Tony Iommi, who produced the album, said that “We could’ve continued and gone on and on, getting more technical, using orchestras and everything else which we didn’t particularly want to. We took a look at ourselves, and we wanted to do a rock album - Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath wasn’t a rock album, really.”

Over the years, singer Ozzy Osbourne has often complained in interviews that this album marked the beginning of what he described as Tony Iommi’s studio production obsession. Sabotage took considerably longer to record and produce than each of their preceding albums, making it the most costly Black Sabbath album to that point. In comparison, the band’s first album, Black Sabbath (1970), took only 12 hours to record at a cost of a few hundred pounds.

The album is a mix of heavy, powerful songs such as “Hole in the Sky” and “Symptom of the Universe”, and softer experimental songs such as “Supertzar” and “Am I Going Insane (Radio)”, which are similar to the band’s previous album. The title of the latter caused some confusion due to the “(Radio)” part, which led people to believe the song was a radio cut or radio version. However, this is the only version of the song. The term “radio-rental” is rhyming slang for “mental”.

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  • cyclonnl

    I think Supertzar is one of the stand-out tracks on this record. I do agree on Am I Going Insane a little, it's kinda cheesy.

    27 Feb 4:30pm Reply
  • Gaffes

    Sabotage would've been amazing if they had left out "Supertzar" and "Am I going Insane (Radio)", in my opinion these two tracks don't measure up with the rest of the album.

    29 Jan 5:43pm Reply
  • MisterJunior

    This seems to be incredibly underrated. Critics will tell you that only Paranoid is good or only the debut or only Master of Reality or sometimes some combination of the three, many "fans" will tell you only the first four are any good, etc., but at any rate Sabotage stacks up favorably against their best material. How can anyone record with shitkickers like "Hole in the Sky" and the classic "Symptom of the Universe" not rule? "Megalomania" is a great Sabbath epic as well, and "Am I Going Insane" and "The Thrill of It All" are quite good as well. Really a very good album from start to finish, with the whole band sounding energetic and committed. This is one of Ozzy's better performances, IMO.

    21 Nov 2014 Reply
  • wotan343

    the first shudderings of thrash

    30 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Doppz

    The album cover is so terrible

    29 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    SABBATAGE!!

    6 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Trygdebeistet

    Bill Wards red pantyhose on the album cover has always fascinated me. The whole cover just screams 70's.

    11 Jun 2014 Reply
  • GraveOzz

    I like it more and more.

    1 Jun 2014 Reply
  • GB-1993

    Way better than the previous Sabbath Bloody Sabbath [6]

    8 May 2014 Reply
  • Luccas_Fernande

    The fury that has this album, which can be seen Ozzy on vocals in songs like "Holes In The Sky" and "Symptom Of The Universe", is directly linked to Patrick Meehan, who was the band's manager until 1975.

    2 May 2014 Reply
  • Xombi69

    Best Black Sabbath album with Ozzy!

    18 Mar 2014 Reply
  • SabbraCaddabra

    Quite simply the Greatest Album Ever !!!

    16 Feb 2014 Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    best ozzy vocals ever.

    6 Feb 2014 Reply
  • drlarrymitchell

    No matter what else I might listen to, there is no getting away from...no escaping...Sabotage.

    21 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Hetfield55

    Ozzy in his best performance since the beginning of his career. he wouldn't get much better. great underrated album.

    12 Jan 2014 Reply
  • OzzyVentura

    One of my very firsts LP's ! -Gents and Ladies there is no commercial music here !

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • FIL1994

    My third favourite Sabbath album (#1 being Master of Reality and #2 Paranoid).

    12 Jun 2013 Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    Fucking masterpiece!

    4 Jun 2013 Reply
  • SergioFuhr

    A quien le guste Black Sabbath y crea que este álbum es malo, es un imbécil y espero que se muera de la forma mas dolorosa posible.

    13 May 2013 Reply
  • guilherme-m

    Underrated.

    6 Apr 2013 Reply
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