13 CD (2013)

Artist: Black Sabbath

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on 7/13/2013

I haven't been so happy with a CD in years. Every track is good and its amazing how it just sounds like classic sabbath. Everyone that likes metal or sabbath(Ozzy), needs to own this classic gem. Rick Ruben caught lightning in a bottle here, just pure awesomeness from the gods of metal. you must buy this one.

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Product Overview


Label Universal Music Group
SKU 249863800
UPC 602537349579
UPC 14 00602537349579
Format CD
Release Date 6/11/2013
Author Black Sabbath
Associated Artist/Work Czech String Quartet (The)
Associated Artist/Work Iommi, Tony
Associated Artist/Work Iron Horse (Bluegrass)
Associated Artist/Work Lounge Brigade (The)
Associated Artist/Work Osbourne, Ozzy
Associated Artist/Work Rockabye Baby!
Technical Info
Engineer Dana Nielsen; Greg Fidelman; Mike Exeter
Producer Rick Rubin
CatalogID 18537
Lable Name Virgin
Released 06/11/2013
Original Release 2013
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 53m : 32s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602537349579
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Ozzy Osbourne (vocals, harmonica); Tony Iommi (guitar); Brad Wilk (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Andrew Scheps.
Recording information: Shangri La Studios, Malibu, CA; Tone Hall, Warwickshire, UK.
Editors: Jason Gossman; Dana Nielsen; Ryan Castle.
There's a lot of pressure involved with being the rulers of the underworld, and nobody knows it better than Black Sabbath in 2013. Inarguable legends and at least partially responsible for creating heavy metal as we know it with their classic '70s material, Sabbath have spawned generations of followers and become one of the final words of the genre. There have been countless reunions and mutations of the band following vocalist Ozzy Osbourne's first dismissal in 1978, and even 13 doesn't quite deliver on fans' decades-long desires to see all four original members back together. Original drummer Bill Ward sits the record out due to disputes over the recording contract, with Audioslave/Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk providing beats in his stead. Despite this considerable absence, 13 comes closest to recapturing the desperate feel, plodding grooves, and unparalleled metal magic of those first classic Sabbath records than anything the members of the band have done since, in any permutation or combination. Kicking off with two sludgy tracks, each over eight-minutes long, the Rick Rubin-produced 13 takes a few moments to get its legs. Once warmed up, however, each element falls somewhere between studied re-creation of the past and logical progression, be it Tony Iommi's spooky guitar tone, Ozzy's nasal howl, or the panic attack dynamics and sense of nuclear dread that made the moods of Sabotage and Vol. 4 so thick. Sharp tempo changes and caustic drop-tuned blues metal riffs make up tracks like "God Is Dead?" and the doomy "Age of Reason." Many of the album's eight tracks stretch past the seven-minute mark, full of heavy compositional shifting. The mellower acoustic track "Zeitgeist" rewrites the spacy "Planet Caravan" from second album Paranoid, revisiting the same cosmic motif of that song, complete with Iommi's most Django Reinhardt-influenced soloing. The lyrics, all penned by bassist Geezer Butler, are focused on internal religious and mental conflicts, with final track "Dear Father" tackling living with memories of abuse. The album is heavier, more precise, and more interesting than the past several decades of output from the bandmembers would suggest. Without fully replicating the energy of their untouchable first six records, Sabbath have risen to the unique challenge of not becoming self-caricatures, turning in something new while still reactivating the strengths of their younger days. The backwards-looking tendencies of 13 are something the band is fully aware of, as signified by the reappearance of rain and church bells sound effects on the last track, the same sounds that opened their first album in 1970. The influence of early Sabbath has become so omnipresent that it's come back to influence its very creators four decades later, but the results are unexpectedly brilliant, apocalyptic, and essential for any die-hard metal fan. ~ Fred Thomas
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.68) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his reboot shows that the genre Sabbath helped birth remains timeless..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.82) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "13 presents them remarkably as-was, circa 1970, stuffed to the gunnels with decelerated riffs..."
Disc 1
1 End Of The Beginning
2 God Is Dead?
3 Loner
4 Zeitgeist
5 Age Of Reason
6 Live Forever
7 Damaged Soul
8 Dear Father
Product Attributes
Artist Black Sabbath
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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