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Black Sabbath: "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath"
The Hook: Tony Iommi's guitar riff for "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" has been called "the riff that saved Black Sabbath." He came up with it in the dungeon of an old castle and it ended a period of terrible writer's block that began in L.A.
Album: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Writers: Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward
Stats: Didn't chart
Background: Black Sabbath had gone to L.A. to work on the follow-up to their successful Volume Four album at the same studio where they'd recorded that one. But the studio had been altered and they couldn't get comfortable there. That began a long writer's block for guitarist and riffmaster Tony Iommi. He explains how he finally broke through it when he found the riff for "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath."
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi on how a case of writer’s block in L.A. eventually led to him writing the main riff for “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” in the dungeon of a Welsh castle. OC:…the album. :16
“We had to call it a day and go back to England. We went back to England and had a break and then we went to Clearwell Castle in Wales. We took over the castle and stayed there and that was really spooky. But we created some vibe and I came up with a riff, ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath,” and then from there we just wrote the album.”
Provided to YouTube by Warner Music Group Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Remastered Version) · Black Sabbath We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll ℗ 1973 Warner Bros. Bass Guitar: Geezer Butler Drums: Bill Ward Lead Guitar: Tony Iommi Producer: Black Sabbath Vocals: Ozzy Osbourne Composer, Lyricist: A. Iommi Composer, Lyricist: J.