Sunday, June 10, 2007

Black Sabbath-s/t

This was the band's debut from 1970. I remember staring at this and many other Sabbath covers right when I first got into them. If everything on the cover were more distinct then it would not have the same effect. I think that the style of the picture helps make the cover. Everything is a little hazy and a little unreal. You can't quite make out the woman's eyes and everything is a little dark. I think it leaves some things to the imagination and it works by implying a little, but not too much.


Blogger bob_vinyl said...

I agree that the lack of detail is a benefit. I think one of the things that makes this one so creepy is that it looks like an old doctored photo.

June 10, 2007 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger David Amulet said...

This one gets little respect, but I like it a lot. It's atmospheric and subtle enough to let the imagination go.

-- david

June 11, 2007 at 4:53 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

This cover has a very menacing and creepy feel to it. That being said, I do like it.

June 11, 2007 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger taotechuck said...

Damn, that's a woman? I always thought it was Ozzy looking creepy. Obviously I never looked closely enough. (I only had this one on cassette growing up.) Now that I look, though, I see a hint of cleavage. Did the Ozzman have Ozzboobs by any chance?

June 11, 2007 at 8:34 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

Bob-It's got an interesting look for sure.

David-It's more subtle at first and maybe not as vivid, yet it's one of my favorites.

Linda-I like it too and still stare it.

Chuck-I don't know if Ozzy had boobs then nor do I want to know.

June 11, 2007 at 5:14 PM  
Blogger BeckEye said...

Looks like a scene out of "The Ring!" Creepy.

June 12, 2007 at 2:15 AM  
Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

I've always thought of the Salem Witch trials with this's a classic

June 12, 2007 at 6:57 AM  
Blogger Layla (aka Barbara) said...

hmm maybe you were smokin a little weed while lookin at those covers Mark.

I can't believe I have been missing out on this blog! I linked it.

June 12, 2007 at 10:14 PM  
Blogger ozzylovesgod said...

I love this album cover so much that i made it my wallpaper.Many may not know this but the woman appears to be holding something the way her arms appear. Shes actually holding a cat. If the picture was more vivid and less blurred you would probably see this.

January 20, 2008 at 2:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

uhh that's my mom on the cover of black sabbath black sabbath

April 18, 2008 at 1:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

she snuck out when she was 15 to go see them at UT and someone took this photo of her and tinted her...she's not a witch she just dressed very goth when she was younger

April 18, 2008 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger Sabbath927 said...

The building in the background is the Mapledurham Watermill in England. Look it up on Wikipedia. This is one of my favorite album covers. I always felt that the image gave me a visual for the music. Very dark and mysterious.

February 11, 2012 at 11:03 AM  

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