- Every song on every album exhaustively covered
- The stories behind the songs, their context within the parent albums and the times they were written and recorded
- Who played what in the studio and when the songs were played live
- What the band and critics had/have to say about their musical development
Many bands may lay claim to inventing or popularising the term ‘heavy metal’, but few would deny that Black Sabbath have defined the genre in the minds of many, and have come to embody its popular image.
From the ‘classic’ first decade with singer Ozzy Osbourne, through the Ronnie James Dio period and the oft-overlooked later albums, the Sabbath name has always been a trademark of quality, despite some less celebrated, though often fascinating, periods.
To commemorate the final retirement of the band, lifelong devotee Steve Pilkington takes the reader through every song on every one of the band’s studio albums, taking in the highs and occasional lows, as well as looking at the cover artwork and stories behind the albums. He also discusses live recordings and DVD releases.
The result will surely be regarded as the most exhaustive guide to the band’s music yet produced, as critical opinion rubs shoulders with facts, trivia and anecdotes to provide the ultimate guide to this legendary band. Whether you are a hardcore fan or simply want a guide to what lies beyond ‘Paranoid’, this book is for you.
Steve Pilkington is a music journalist, proofreader and broadcaster. He has been Features Editor, and latterly Editor in Chief, for the Classic Rock Society magazine Rock Society for several years, and contributes to other publications such as Prog. Before taking on this work full-time, he spent years writing for fanzines and an Internet music review site on a part-time basis. He is currently working with legendary guitarist Gordon Giltrap on his official biography. In addition, he presents a weekly progressive rock radio show titled ‘A Saucerful of Prog’.
234 x 156 mm - paperback - 176 pages - 34 colour photographs