During a recent appearance on the Fan First Podcast, Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde opened up about the first album he heard from Black Sabbath. Apparently, it was their 1975 album, ‘We Sold Our Soul for Rock N’ Roll,’ and he found it terrifying.
‘We Sold Our Soul for Rock N’ Roll‘ is a compilation album by Black Sabbath, released on December 1, 1975. The album is heavily based on the band’s first four albums, which means the compilation mainly featured the band’s era with Ozzy Osbourne. The record was a commercial success as it was certified Silver in the UK, and the RIAA initially certified the album as Gold in the US. It later went Platinum and Double Platinum in March 2000.
During a recent interview, Ozzy Osbourne’s longtime guitarist and Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wylde looked back on when he first started getting into rock and metal music. Apparently, one of his high school friends introduced him to Black Sabbath.
After hearing about the band, Wylde bought their ‘We Sold Our Soul for Rock N’ Roll’ album when his sister allowed him to buy a record at the mall. However, the future rock star was initially terrified of what he heard as he had never heard of their music before. After that, Wylde actually started liking their music, and Black Sabbath became one of his biggest inspirations.
When asked about his introduction to music, Wylde said:
“Elton John. I remember when being in school and my one buddy, we were in art class. We were doing some ceramic class, and he had made ‘Black Sabbath 666,’ or whatever, with a lightning bolt going through a skull, and I was like, ‘Oh, what’s that?’
And he was like, ‘Oh, it’s this band my brother listens to.’ So I said, ‘Oh, cool.’ I never heard a Black Sabbath song, never heard anything. I remember I was with my mother at the mall, and she told me I could get a record, so I ended up buying ‘We Sold Our Souls for Rock N’ Roll.‘”
“And I remember putting on the record and being completely terrified when I was hearing this thing. And then you open up the gatefold, there was a woman in the casket with a cross in her. I was just beyond terrified listening to this…
And the more I listened to it, the more I started loving it. So that’s why it was so funny to take that picture with Elton John and Ozzy, those are pretty much my two biggest musical influences.”
You can watch the interview below.