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The Black Sabbath Story, Vol. 1

The Black Sabbath Story, Vol. 1
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  • Amazon Sales Rank: #18664 in DVD
  • Brand: Sony
  • Released on: 2002-09-24
  • Rating: NR (Not Rated)
  • Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Formats: Black & White, Color, Dolby, DVD, NTSC
  • Original language: English
  • Dimensions: .26 pounds
  • Running time: 85 minutes

Editorial Reviews
This chronicle of the heaviest metal band of all time will be an eye-opener to those who only know Ozzy Osbourne as that goofball dad on MTV: 30 years ago, he fronted one of the hardest-hitting and loudest rock groups around. An hour-long compilation of interviews, videos, and performance footage that, while short on length, is long on substance, The Black Sabbath Story, Volume One unearths several vintage clips that show the band at its artistic and commercial zenith: "N.I.B." and "War Pigs," filmed at concerts in Paris; a performance of "Paranoid" from Belgian TV; and a rarely seen video of "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath."

Ozzy, happily, doesn't have much to say beyond belting out the tunes in his trademark yelp. When a female reporter sticks a mike in front of him after Sabbath's performance at the legendary California Jam, his incoherence is truly sublime. It's up to guitarist Tony Iommi to more lucidly recount various aspects of the band's history. --Kevin Filipski

From the Back Cover
This first volume of The Black Sabbath Story compiles archive performance and band interview footage to chronicle the band's first 8 years from 1970 to 1978. Featuring the original classic lineup of Ozzy Osbourne. Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward; this DVD contains the story of Sabbath in their own words including footage not seen in the original VHS release of this programme. 11 tracks are featured here and all have been mixed in 5.1 surround sound to put you at the heart of these rare Black Sabbath performances. DVD extras include a lengthy interview with the band's first manager Jim Simpson who talks us through Sabbath’s very earliest days.

N.I.B: Filmed in Concert at the Olympia, Paris, France 20th December 1970.
PARANOID: Rare black & white footage, Belgium TV 1970.
WAR PIGS: Filmed in Concert at the Olympia, Paris, France 20th December 1970.
CHILDREN OF THE GRAVE: Ontario Speedway California Jan 6th April 1974.
SNOWBLIND: Filmed in Concert at the Hammersmith Odeon, London June 1978.
SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH: Unique colour footage from their Conceptual Video, 1973.
SYMPTOM OF THE UNIVERSE: Filmed in Concert at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, June 1978.
IT'S ALRIGHT: Rare promo video footage filmed in 1976 featuring Bill Ward on vocals.
ROCK AND ROLL DOCTOR: Rare promo video footage filmed in 1976.
NEVER SAY DIE: BBC TV Top of the Pops 1978.
HARD ROAD: Promo Video, filmed in soundtrack at the Hammersmith Odeon, London 1978.

Customer Reviews

Brief, but Great Overview of this Great Band's Early History5
I bought this tape and Vol. 2 back in 1997, a few years after they had been first released. (I remember being overjoyed to discover that now I could get Black Sabbath on VHS.) It is absolutely essential for anyone who calls themselves a Black Sabbath fan. I don't mean this as demeaning to those fans who don't have it, it's just that I had thought that I knew the whole Black Sabbath story and still learned new things about the way they were during Ozzy Osbourne's tenure with them.

In this video, we get great performances from Black Sabbath doing some of their best songs, such as "N.I.B.," "War Pigs," "Paranoid," and "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath." Actually, my favorite video is the last one: a BBC Top Of The Pops performance of "Never Say Die" from their 1978 album of the same same name, their last one with Ozzy. There are many insightful interviews, especially with Tony Iommi, who gets credit only for being a great guitarist but not enough for being an intelligent, throughtful and well-spoken individual. He is quiet-mannered, yet is forthcoming when talking about the band, and reveals some very interesting information which showed how much I didn't know about them. Drummer Bill Ward and bass guitarist Tony "Geezer" Butler are also very forthcoming, the latter in particular about his drug abuse. And yes, one of the videos shown is the Bill-Ward sung "It's Alright!" THE BLACK SABBATH STORY really is essential for helping you understand the whole story about one of the greatest rock bands of all time.


Good, But Not Enough5
The video of this has been around ten yrs or more, so I wasn't expecting anything new. What's here is good ~ I get a kick outta the color version of them playing Children Of The Grave at an outdoor Cal Jam 74''s a strange juxtapostion between the atmosphere of the crowd, and the message of the song.

The opening track, N.I.B., is taken from a film that was made for TV in Paris, 1970, and as to why this ~ the ultimate live Sabbath footage ~ hasn't been released on DVD is beyond me.
This is when they were fresh and had a spark fueling what/how they played. Would you like to remember them as rock stars of the late 70's, or as a really freaky underground drug band of the early 70's?!..ha!..face it, that's when they cranked out their best material.

Anyway, a complete and comprehensive Sabbath DVD is yet to be:
it would need the entire Paris 70' footage, the Don Kirshner rock show footage, those hokey colored-gel background video's that are available on the Musikladen DVD, the COMPLETE footage of the Sabbath Bloody Sabbath video, and hopefully some other rare footage of them pre-1973, that I'm sure exists somewhere.

Love Sabbath but...2
I love the footage they showed, however the makers of the dvd cheated the public. The back of the disc say the aprox running time 85 minutes. It's actually 60 minutes. Somone said Vol. 2 of the DVD is 45 minutes. Don't you think they could have released both volumes in one disc? I think so. Talk about milking the fans for cash.

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