On this day in music history: February 13, 197…

On this day in music history: February 13, 1970 – “Black Sabbath”, the debut album by Black Sabbath is released in the UK (US release is on June 1, 1970). Produced by Rodger Bain, it is recorded Regent Sound Studios in London on October 16, 1969. The debut release by the Birmingham, UK hard rock/heavy metal band is recorded and mixed in only two days of studio time, live with virtually no overdubs. Issued on Friday The 13th in the UK, the darkly themed lyrics and heavy instrumentation of the album is initially dismissed by critics, but wins the band a huge and loyal fan base. To everyone’s surprise, including their record company, the album quickly enter the charts, initially selling over 100,000 copies in their home country and over a half a million copies in the US. In time, it is regarded as a groundbreaking and landmark album of the heavy metal genre. First remastered and reissued on CD in 1996, it is reissued as an SACD in Japan in 2012. Rhino Records in the US also reissues the album as a 180 gram vinyl LP in 2010. “Black Sabbath” peaks at number eight on the UK album chart, number twenty three on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.