Watch Black Sabbath’s Trailblazing Set Live in Paris, 1970

Watch Black Sabbath’s Trailblazing Set Live in Paris, 1970

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Ozzy Osbourne, 1970. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.

In 1970, Black Sabbath laid the foundations of heavy metal with a pair of brutal releases, delivering their self-titled debut album in June before cementing their legacy forevermore with one of the most monolithic sophomore records of all time, Paranoid in September of the same year. 

Lead by the undeniable force of Tony Iommi’s shuddering riffs and  Ozzy Osbourne's harrowing wail, Sabbath surely knew they were on the edge of greatness. Wasting no time, the band recorded their debut album in just one day! As Tony Iommi recalls: “We thought we have two days to do it and one of the days is mixing. So we played live. Ozzy was singing at the same time, we just put him in a separate booth and off we went. We never had a second run of most of the stuff.”

The results might have been rough and raw, but the frenzied energy was what this brutal new genre was all about. 

The clip finds Sabbath ending out this glorious year in Paris, tearing through a setlist of songs defined to be classics, including Paranoid, Iron Man, Black Sabbath, Behind the Wall of Sleep, War Pigs and Fairies Wear Boots – imagine being in the audience to witness this tour de force for the very first time! Enjoy below.  

Black Sabbath | Live in Paris [1970]

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