Black Sabbath Paranoid, 1970
This was a big leap for me in terms of buying an album I was frankly scared to buy. I had heard all about how crazy Ozzy was and all of the animal eating and all of that, so it seemed like this was going to be an intense album.
But it wasn't scary at all! In fact, you could almost say this album is almost....wholesome! It has a song warning about the dangers of drugs, an anti-war song, and a song about getting revenge against your enemies by traveling through time in an iron suit.
Ok maybe "wholesome" is taking it a little far, but the truth is, this is an enjoyable classic rock album where every song is memorable and there are drum solos and kickin' guitars and everything.
And if you're worried about the "Black Sabbath"/satanic stuff, the only mention of the stuff on this album is when they compare generals to witches in "War Pigs". Which is not exactly an endorsement of the lifestyle, you know?
Black Sabbath - Electric Funeral
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