Tag Archives: Black Sabbath

On January 28, 2017.

On January 28, 2017, Geoffrey James Nicholls died aged 72. He was musician (keyboards, bass, and guitar) and vocalist, performed and recorded with Quartz, Tony Martin, Johnny Neal and the Starliners, World of Oz, and Jimmy Helms, but was best known as a longtime member Black Sabbath.

On August 9, 2020.

On August 9, 2020, Martin Birch died aged 71. He was a music producer and sound engineer, worked with numerous musicians and bands including Jeff Beck, Peter Green, Deep Purple, Fleetwood Mac, The Groundhogs, Canned Heat, John Lee Hooker, Rainbow, Toad, Black Sabbath, Skid Row, Stackridge, Faces, Flash, Blue Öyster Cult, Iron Maiden, Silverhead, Gary Moore, Wayne County & the Electric Chairs, Roger Glover, Cozy Powell, and Michael Schenker Group.

On April 18, 2013.

On April 18, 2013, Storm Thorgerson died aged 69. He was graphic designer and music video director, known for his work with music artists including Led Zeppelin,  Nik Kershaw, Black Sabbath,  Scorpions, Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Yes, Al Stewart,  Europe,  Catherine Wheel, Bruce Dickinson, Dream Theater,  Anthrax, The Cranberries, The Mars Volta, Muse, The Alan Parsons Project, Helloween, Biffy Clyro, Ween, Angels and Airwaves and Rival Sons His best known work is the album cover artwork of  Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of The Moon”.



On August 20, 1990.

On August 20, 1990, “I.R.S.” label released “Tyr”, the fifteenth Black Sabbath studio album. It was recorded February – June 1990, at “Rockfield Studios” in Rockfield, Monmouthshire, Wales and “Woodcray Studios” in Berkshire, UK, and was produced by Tony Iommi, Cozy Powel, Tony Martin, Neil Murray and Geoff Nichols.


  • Tony Iommi– lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars
  • Cozy Powell– drums, percussion
  • Tony Martin– lead and backing vocals
  • Neil Murray– bass
  • Geoff Nicholls– keyboards
  • Sean Lynch – engineering
  • Leif Mases – mixing
  • Tony Cousins – mastering

Track listing:

All lyrics by Tony Martin; all music by Tony Iommi, Cozy Powel, Tony Martin, Neil Murray and Geoff Nichols.


  1. Anno Mundi
  2. The Law Maker
  3. Jerusalem
  4. The Sabbath Stones
  5. The Battle of Tyr
  6. Odin’s Court
  7. Valhalla
  8. Feels Good to Me
  9. Heaven in Black

On June 10, 2013.

On June 10, 2013, “Vertigo” label released “13”, the nineteenth and final Black Sabbath studio album. It was recorded August 2012-January 2013, at “Shangri La Studios” in Malibu, California, “Tone Hall” in Lapworth, Warwickshire, UK, and was produced by Rick Rubin. The cover design was by Nick Dart and Neil Bowen of Zip Design in London.The album was certified Platinum in Brazil by “Pro-Musica Brazil”, Platinum in Canada by “Music Canada” and Platinum in Poland by “ZPAV”.


  • Ozzy Osbourne– vocals, harmonica
  • Tony Iommi– electric and acoustic guitars
  • Geezer Butler– bass guitar
  • Brad Wilk– drums, percussion
  • Greg Fidelman– engineering
  • Mike Exeter – additional engineering
  • Dana Nielsen– additional engineering
  • Andrew Scheps– mixing
  • Stephen Marcussen– mastering
  • Stewart Whitmore – mastering

Track listing:

All lyrics written by Geezer Butler except “Methademic” by Ozzy Osbourne; all music  by Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler.

  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

On December 1, 1973.


On December 1, 1973, “Vertigo” label released “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath”, the fifth Black Sabbath studio album. It was recorded in 1973, at “Morgan Studios” in London, and was produced by Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward. The album cover painting was by Drew Struzan by the direction of Pacific Eye & Ear’s Ernie Cefalu. In 1986, the album was certified Platinum in the US by “RIIA”.


  • Ozzy Osbourne– vocals, synthesizer, handclaps
  • Tony Iommi– guitars, piano, synthesizer, harpsichord, organ, flute, handclaps, bagpipes
  • Geezer Butler– bass guitar, synthesizer and mellotron, handclaps, nose flute
  • Bill Ward– drums, bongos, timpani, handclaps
  • Rick Wakeman– piano and Minimoog
  • Will Malone– conductor, arranger
  • The Phantom Fiddlers – strings
  • Engineered by Mike Butcher
  • Coordination: Mark Forster Biatch
  • Direction: Patrick Meehan
  • Tape Operator: George Nicholson

Track listing:

All tracks by Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward.

  1. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
  2. A National Acrobat
  3. Fluff
  4. Sabra Cadabra
  5. Killing Yourself to Live
  6. Who Are You
  7. Looking for Today
  8. Spiral Architect


On September 28, 1978.


On September 28, 1978, “Vertigo” label released “Never Say Die!” the eighth Black Sabbath studio album. It was recorded January–May 1978, at “Sound Interchange” in Toronto, Ontario, and was produced by Black Sabbath.It was the final Black Sabbath studio album until 2013, to feature Ozzy Osbourne prior to his departure from the band in 1979, and the last full studio album to feature the band’s original lineup.


  • Ozzy Osbourne– lead and backing vocals
  • Tony Iommi– guitar, backing vocals
  • Geezer Butler– bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Bill Ward– drums, lead and backing vocals
  • Don Airey– keyboards
  • John Elstar – harmonica
  • Will Malone– brass arrangements

Track listing:

All tracks by Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, and Bill Ward.

  1. Never Say Day
  2. Johnny Blade
  3. Junior’s Eyes
  4. A Hard Road
  5. Shock Wave
  6. Air Dance
  7. Over to You
  8. Breakout
  9. Swinging the Chain


On September 25, 1976.


On September 25, 1976, “Vertigo” label released “Technical Ecstasy”, the seventh Black Sabbath studio album. It was recorded in June 1976, at “Criteria Studios” in Miami, and was produced by  Black Sabbath. The cover art was designed by Hipgnosis.


  • Ozzy Osbourne– lead vocals
  • Tony Iommi– guitar
  • Geezer Butler– bass guitar
  • Bill Ward– drums, lead vocals
  • Gerald “Jezz” Woodroffe– keyboards

Track listing:

.All tracks by Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward and Ozzy Osbourne, except “It’s Alright”, written by Bill Ward.

  1. Back Street Kids
  2. You Won’t Change Me
  3. It’s Alright
  4. Gypsy
  5. All Moving Parts (Stand Still)
  6. Rock ‘n’ Roll Doctor
  7. She’s Gone
  8. Dirty Women

On September 25, 1972.


On September 25, 1972, “Vertigo” label released “Vol. 4”, the fourth Black Sabbath studio album. It was recorded May 1972, at “Record Plant” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Patrick Meehan and Black Sabbath. In 1977, the album was certified Platinum in Canada by “CRIA”, and Platinum in the US by the “RIIA” in 1986.


  • Ozzy Osbourne– vocals
  • Tony Iommi– guitars, piano, mellotron
  • Geezer Butler– bass guitar, mellotron
  • Bill Ward– drums, percussion
  • Colin Caldwell, Vic Smith– engineering

Track listing

All music by Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward; all lyrics by Geezer Butler.

  1. Wheels of Confusion/The Straightener
  2. Tomorrow’s Dream
  3. Changes
  4. FX
  5. Supernaut
  6. Snowblind
  7. Cornucopia
  8. Laguna Sunrise
  9. Vitus Dance
  10. Under the Sun/Every Day Comes and Goes

On April 25, 1980.


On April 25, 1980, “Vertigo” label released “Heaven and Hell”, the ninth Black Sabath studio album.It was recorded October 1979 – January 1980, at “Criteria Recording Studios: in Miami, and “Studio Farber” in Paris, and was produced by Martin Birch. It was band’s first album to feature vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who replaced Ozzy Osbourne in 1979.


  • Tony Iommi– guitar
  • Geezer Butler– bass guitar
  • Bill Ward– drums, percussion
  • Ronnie James Dio– lead vocals
  • Geoff Nicholls– keyboards
  • Martin Birch – engineer
  • Assistant engineer – Joe “C” Foglia
  • Equipment: Graham Wright and Mickey Balla
  • Album cover art Smoking Angelsby Lynn Curlee
  • Back cover illustrationby Harry Carmean
  • Art directionby Richard Seireeni

Track listing:

All music by Geezer Butler, Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, and Bill Ward; all lyrics by Ronnie James Dio.

  1. Neon Knights
  2. Children of the Sea
  3. Lady Evil
  4. Heaven and Hell
  5. Wishing Well
  6. Die Young
  7. Walk Away
  8. Lonely is the Word