This is a super clean domestic Warner Bros. Green Label original pressing that knocked me out. I've been through Sabbath's catalog numerous times and I think this one's ranks pretty far up the list in terms of recording quality. And this is a copy that actually delivers on that! You get excellent clarity and transparency here, real weight and punch to the bottom end, and excellent presence to the vocals. All of the elements that bring Sabbath records to life for me are here on this pressing. I've had other copies that I found enjoyable, but they sure don't always sound like this! On top of that, the vinyl plays very quietly overall, a neat trick for any old Sabbath record.
4 1/2 stars Allmusic: "With 1973's Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, heavy metal godfathers Black Sabbath made a concerted effort to prove their remaining critics wrong by raising their creative stakes and dispensing unprecedented attention to the album's production standards, arrangements, and even the cover artwork."
Vinyl: EX (super clean)
Cover: VG+ (strong, slightest ringwear, tiny corner ding)
Play notes: An exceptionally strong copy with great sound and quiet vinyl
We prefer to overdeliver and therefore grade conservatively. Our scale runs Near Mint (NM), Excellent (EX), Very Good Plus (VG+), Very Good (VG), Good Plus (G+), Good (G).