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    Does anyone know (credibly) how many records Black Sabbath have sold ever??


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    You mean for awards gold,platnium,ect
    if that is what you're talking about check out Ozzy.com For the other eras I don't know where to look
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    Quote from Sabbathlive

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    III. What are Black Sabbath's best selling albums?

    PARANOID is currently the best selling Black Sabbath album in the United States, having sold 4 million copies as of January 31, 1995. It was also the first album for the band to go Gold, reaching that plateau on May 7th, 1971.

    MASTER OF REALITY and the compilation WE SOLD OUR SOULS FOR ROCK AND ROLL have also reached multi-platinum status, selling above 2 million copies!

    Other platinum award winners of 1 million copies and above include: BLACK SABBATH, VOLUME 4, SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH, HEAVEN AND HELL, REUNION and the long form video THE BLACK SABBATH STORY - VOLUME 1. HEAVEN AND HELL is the only album without Ozzy to earn an RIAA sales award!

    All of the Ozzy era releases have achieved at least Gold record status as of 1997. But it took SABOTAGE, TECHNICAL ECSTASY and SABOTAGE up to 20 years to earn this honor! The Dio/Sabbath collaboration MOB RULES is the only Ozzy-less Sabbath album at the Gold level. Also, the video for THE BLACK SABBATH STORY - VOLUME 2 went gold when it was re-issued on DVD.

    Black Sabbath's sales were very strong in the U.S. from 1971-1974, but declined with the release of SABOTAGE. After a 6 year dry spell, the band received an almost posthumous award for WE SOLD OUR SOULS FOR ROCK AND ROLL on February 7th, 1980, just months after Ozzy's dismissal.

    The Dio era lineup invigorated sales again, earning themselves their first platinum award for HEAVEN AND HELL! Sales weren't quite as good for MOB RULES and even poorer for LIVE EVIL and BORN AGAIN. Oddly enough, this slump ended during the SEVENTH STAR era with 7 back catalog albums reaching Platinum status and MOB RULES finally getting the Gold. Unfortunately, neither SEVENTH STAR nor any of the studio albums that followed would ever reach the Gold award status.

    Fortunately, sales for the back catalog albums such as PARANOID and MASTER OF REALITY continue to be strong. The OZZFEST '97 marked a resurgence for the band, even bringing less popular albums like SABOTAGE, TECHNICAL ECSTASY and NEVER SAY DIE to Gold record status. Also, the live album REUNION did quite well, proving that U.S. fans would still pay to hear the original lineup on record AND in concert!

    To date, the band has earned 27 sales awards from the RIAA. Other albums that have still not achieved Gold status to date include BORN AGAIN, SEVENTH STAR, THE ETERNAL IDOL, HEADLESS CROSS, TYR, DEHUMANIZER, CROSS PURPOSES and FORBIDDEN.

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    Weird how nothing post live evil went gold. I would also expect at least Dehumanizer to get something.
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    I am surprised that Paranoid, Master of Reality and We Sold Our Souls for Rock and Roll were the only albums to go multi-platinum. I am also surprised that Sabotage and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath didnt do better. It just goes to prove that with the exception of Paranoid, Sabbath were never very popular sales-wise, but the fact were are still talking about them 35 years later goes to prove how good they really were/are.

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    We should bare in mind that those sales figures are 10 years out of date.

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    is it possible to get an actual figure here?

    albums sold im referring to

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    Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (the album not the song) was not very impressive...

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    Alrite, I'll give an estimate.... Ill say its in the number range from 1 to infinity...im glad i could help

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    Every album Ozzy has done got at least platnium except Just Say Ozzy, which is understandable considering it is only 6 live tracks.
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    Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (the album not the song) was not very impressive...

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    I love it, one of my favourite albums. I didn't always feel that way about it, but it's a grower. As well as the title track, "A National Acrobat", "Killing Yourself To Live", "Looking For Today" and "Spiral Architect" are some of my favourite Sabbath songs.
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    Sabbath Bloody Sabbath gets normally the best reviews.

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    Sabbath Bloody Sabbath gets normally the best reviews.

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    Well it does usually get good reviews but Paranoid generally garners the very best ones.

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    Sabbath Bloody Sabbath gets normally the best reviews.

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    Well it does usually get good reviews but Paranoid generally garners the very best ones.

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    Yeah, I was going to say that Paranoid usually gets a lot of praise.
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    Sabbath Bloody Sabbath gets normally the best reviews.

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    Well it does usually get good reviews but Paranoid generally garners the very best ones.

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    Yeah, I was going to say that Paranoid usually gets a lot of praise.

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    Paranoid was not only the album that made Sabbath big, it can be looked at as the album that created heavy metal.

    Sabbath Bloody Sabbath was perhaps the best-produced all-around recording by the original line up. It was more 'mature' than the recording preceeding it, and demonstrated more vesatility than the previous recordings.

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    Sabbath Bloody Sabbath gets normally the best reviews.

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    Well it does usually get good reviews but Paranoid generally garners the very best ones.

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    Yeah, I was going to say that Paranoid usually gets a lot of praise.

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    Paranoid was not only the album that made Sabbath big, it can be looked at as the album that created heavy metal.

    Sabbath Bloody Sabbath was perhaps the best-produced all-around recording by the original line up. It was more 'mature' than the recording preceeding it, and demonstrated more vesatility than the previous recordings.

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    Yeah I guess, but Paranoid is more popular in the mainstream.
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    Default Re: BLACK SABBATH Albums sold to date....??

    Well recently I picked up Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, other than the title track it sounded like an opera! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/doh.gif[/img]

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    Well, give it some more listens and I'm shore you'll grow to love it. I remember when I got The Mob Rules and Dio's Holy Diver. I listened to them and thought: "Fuck this shit!". I didn't listen to them for a few moths and then thought that I'd give them another try... Well, now I LOVE both!!

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    Ozzy rocks and Dio is OK... But the rest of the black sabbath singers sucks [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]

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    If you think SBS sounds like an opera, don't EVER buy Sabotage. Actually do, it rules beyond belief.

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    I'm not sure how many records Sabbath have sold worldwide but I am pretty sure that it is more than 60 million. I think it might be around the 80 million mark, but I am not sure. I just recall hearing it somewhere before. I might be wrong though.

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    I think it's about 70-75 million.
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