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"CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALL" - " THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT " - FEATURING THE COMPLETE ALBUM "WE SOLD OUR SOUL FOR ROCK AND ROLL" BY BLACK SABBATH IN HIGH DEFINITION WITH NARRATIVE - EPISODE # 46 - THE CAPTAIN EXPLORES HIS COVE OF 8 TRACK TREASURES!

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THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT!

BLACK SABBATH WE SOLD OUR SOUL FOR ROCK ’N’ ROLL by Black Sabbath (WB/NEMS, 1976)

Ozzie Osbourne and Black Sabbath are exemplars of the notion that a great idea well executed can reap generous rewards. Combining the horror tropes of Hammer films with rockin’ blues riffs allowed these Birmingham boys to conquer the world. Sure, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins did it first with “I Put a Spell on You”, but Ozzie is the undisputed Grand Dragon of Cosplay Rock. It came to them, accidentally, like a revelation, and yet so simple: audiences like to be scared. “Duh,” you say? Sure, but listen to Tommy Iommi’s guitar signature on “Black Sabbath” and you realize that everything came together in irresistible, theatrical perfection.

Heavy Metal (a genre they created) wasn’t my thing, and I hardly paid attention to this band, even though hordes of people around the University of Iowa campus were transforming into goulish zombies all around me. A few years later, in 1982, at the Des Moines Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, Ozzie returned the favor to Iowa by biting the head off a dead bat, officially becoming a legend of darkness for all time. No fool, he immediately rushed himself to Broadlawns Medical Center for rabies shots.

No fool, indeed. One of the richest men in the UK, Ozzie admits that the best decision he ever made was hooking up with super-agent, Don Arden’s daughter, the one-of-a-kind, show biz genius, Sharon. She saved his life and his career.

I finally caught the Ozzie bug when I got hooked on The Osbournes, that goofy reality show, decades later. The addle-brained Mr. Osbourne fumfering around was so entertaining that another million dollar franchise was born. “SHARON…?!,” Ozzie would cry out, whenever he was frustrated and confused, (which was quite often), and Sharon would slap him into shape. Love and commerce were perfectly entwined. No fool, that Ozzie. He understands that it’s only rock n roll, and it’s all “show biz.”

1. “Black Sabbath” 1970 ~ Black Sabbath 6:20 2. “The Wizard” 1970 ~ Black Sabbath 4:22 3. “Warning” 4. “Paranoid” 1970 ~ Paranoid 2:45 5. “War Pigs” 1970 ~ Paranoid 7:55 6. “Iron Man” 1970 ~ Paranoid 5:47 7. “Wicked World” 1970 ~ [Non album B Side single] 4:35 8. “Tomorrow’s Dream” 1972 ~ Vol. 4 3:06 9. “Fairies Wear Boots” 1970 ~ Paranoid 6:07 10. “Changes” 1972 ~ Vol. 4 4:41 11. “Sweet Leaf” 1971 ~ Master of Reality 5:02 12. “Children of the Grave” 1971 ~ Master of Reality 5:15 13. “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” 1973 ~ Sabbath Bloody Sabbath 5:43 14. “Am I Going Insane (Radio)” 1975 ~ Sabotage 4:20 15. “Laguna Sunrise” 1972 ~ Vol. 4 2:49 16. “Snowblind” 1972 ~ Vol. 4 5:25 17. “N.I.B.” 1970 ~ Black Sabbath 5:51


By Rich Buckland 02/06/2022 06:39 PM

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