Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday Sabbath: "Wicked World," from Black Sabbath (1970)

Now we jump back to the North American version of Sabbath’s first album to pick up “Wicked World,” a song that didn’t appear on the European version, and to be honest, it’s one of the weaker tracks on the album.

The song starts with a jumping and jiving riff from Iommi that paired with Bill Ward’s drums has an almost jazzy feel. After a brief little jam session, it drops into the main riff of the song, which is OK at first, but gets a little old as the song goes on. Ozzy’s vocal delivery is also a little flat and tired for the most part.

About halfway through, we get a little interlude where Ward drops back into that jazz rhythm, but the song fades out with Iommi playing some arpeggiated chords, then blasts back with a true solo from Iommi – no other backing instruments. The whole effect is a bit disjointed.

As the song ends, we fall back into that opening piece that worked so well. Ultimately, though, the song feels like an attempt at a prog tune that didn’t quite work out for them. As much as I love this album, I don’t think European fans missed much by missing this tune.

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