North American syndicated rock radio show "In The Studio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands"
goes one-on-one with Ozzy Osbourne
, singer for heavy metal godfathers BLACK SABBATH
, to get the story behind "Vol. 4"
, which is widely viewed as the last great album from the original SABBATH
lineup, on its 40th anniversary. BLACK SABBATH
was fracturing under its own internal pressures with the added complication of substantial substance abuse, but by his own admission, Ozzy
tells "In The Studio"
what the real culprit was to the eventual demise of the original band.
"What happened with me and BLACK SABBATH
was that, in the beginning we all had a purpose, but as we went along that inevitable thing stepped in called ego," Ozzy
said. "The fact is that success does change you. It affected me
. I was full of cocaine. That stuff makes you talk the biggest load of horse crap. There shouldn't be a problem (left) in the world, 'cause we solved them all in the bathroom of a hotel with a bag of that white powder."BLACK SABBATH "Vol. 4" "In The Studio"
program is available now to stream at this location
. It can also be heard below.BLACK SABBATH
's fourth album, "Vol. 4"
was released in September 1972. The LP, which was originally to be titled "Snowblind"
after one of several songs referring to cocaine use, features several SABBATH
classics, such as "Tomorrow's Dream"
achieved gold status in less than a month, and was the band's fourth consecutive release to sell one million copies in the United States. It reached No. 13 on Billboard
's pop album chart.