Spin #1 : Black Sabbath : 13

Updated: Jul 1

Band Members on record : Ozzy Osbourne (Vocals), Tony Iommi (Guitar), Geezer Butler (Bass) and Brad Wilk (Drums)

Black Sabbath : 13

Year Released : 2013

Produced by Rick Rubin

Label: Vertigo

Price Range: $40-50AUD

Speed: 33 1/3RPM

Album Before : Forbidden (1995 release)

Album After : This was their last studio album before calling it a day

Further Listening: Stonefield - Far from Earth

LP : 2 x 180 gm , Black

Mood for enjoying: Best enjoyed towards the end of the week or over the weekend when feeling optimistic about things. The lyrics might make you reflect a lot about your current surroundings and feelings. Musically solid and provides a small pump up when the band hits their stride during most lengthy songs.

Track Listing: LP 1 :

Side A End of the Beginning - 8:05

God is Dead? - 8:52 Side B

Loner - 4:59

Zeitgeist - 4:37

LP 2 :

Side C

Age of Reason - 7:01

Live Forever - 4:46

Side D

Damaged Soul - 7:51

Dear Father - 7:20

What's in the Sleeve ? I did think that because this was Black Sabbaths last studio album ever that they may have thrown in a bit more inside the sleeve but they might have released an expanded version later down the track. The glossy finish on the gatefold sleeve is a nice touch and lyrics on the slip cases of LP1 and LP2. One of the cleanest and crisply produced records in my collection. A fitting finale for the boys from Birmingham, UK.

"Rise Up, Resist and be the Master of your Fate! Don't look back, Live for Today, Tomorrow is too late " ~ End of the Beginning - Side A

Welcome to Spin #1 - Black Sabbath : 13 I chose this record as the first "Spin" as it seemed like a fitting choice. This being Black Sabbaths swansong record and their end starts the beginning of R'N R with Rylo.

Basically my wife and I decided to review records in our collection due to our passion for music and large amount of time due to world events. We have a modest collection so far that one day will be handed down to our children and its in the region of 450-550 records. If you're not that into metal / doom metal then you don't need to worry as we have a pretty vast range of styles. I will try to cover the whole collection and thought you would like to come on that journey.

There is nothing better than a bit of Rest and Relaxation to music in order to better your mood and fulfil your soul.

Ok so this was played on a set up consisting of my Sherwood Turntable (PM-9805) and Sherwood Receiver (RX-4508) complete with 4 x Sherwood Bookshelf speakers spaced evenly across our loungeroom. Sometimes I have to play it loud and having a toddler and under 1 year old doesn't allow for that. This is when I can either play through my Sennheiser HD280 Pro headphones or take it to the entertainment outside area on my Audio Technica Turntable (AT-LP60BXT) and Marshall Woburn II Speaker. I know that a few people always ask about record storage and tips around young children, which I will delve into at a later date.


Drop the Needle (of course means place the stylus nicely on your wax):

From the start, this album feels both nostalgic to their earlier stuff and also new at the same time without changing who they are. Black Sabbath does Doom metal better than anyone and kicks off the album with two lengthy songs to get the listener hooked. From first spin I knew that they would get pretty favourable reviews.

'End of the Beginning' and 'God is Dead?' have a similar progression throughout but makes you feel like your not just listening to the same song over and over. Slow and balanced start, catchy lyrics (see above lyric insert) and a frantic ending mean that Sabbath are leaving nothing left on the table. It's a tough call to pick which song is the stronger and I can see why they lead off the record. Daughter is roughly 7 months old and this is her first listen. She seems to be pretty soothed by the music and yes its never too early to introduce your children to quality music. Time to flip to Side B.