Any time I play a classic rock song from the 70's, I refer to it as "Drug Music". Let's be honest here. If you're looking out at a sea of 50ish male faces in class, there's a good chance that more than a few "experimented" during their teenage years. A huge part of that experimentation included vinyl LPs from early 70's Rock Bands like; Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Rush (Amy's person favorite), Deep Purple, David Bowie, Jethro Tull, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Blue Oyster Cult, Aerosmith and others. You can add your favorites below. 

During this less than healthful period in my youth, if I was going to be spending some time in a darkened living room, in the middle of the day, (there was a period of my life where I considered school attendance optional) Black Sabbath was my absolute favorite. I was a wanna-be Rock-and-Roll bass player. Sabbath's bassist Geezer Butler was my hero. I spent hours with my pawnshop bass & 200 watt Plush guitar amp, trying to play along to each track on Paranoid - Sabbath's second (and most popular) album and Master of Reality.

Digital sources of those early Sabbath albums were unavailable until iTunes announced this week that they had the complete Sabbath collection - awesome! I bought their greatest hits album {link} as none of these are on Spotify or Deezer.

Caution: although Spotify and Deezer do offer a bunch of live recordings, Ozzy Osbourne has a very fowl mouth - so I suggest sticking with the clean original versions.

Here are a few excellent mashups featuring Black Sabbath that I would appreciate hearing in your class 🙂

This track combines Sabbath's War Pigs and Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love masterfully.

Not all Sabbath was Head Banger hard rock. 94 RPM Planet Caravan makes an excellent Flat/Tempo transition between intervals.



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