Under the Sun/Every Day Comes and Goes (Vol. IV, 1972)
The last song on the epic Vol. IV album, “Under the Sun” has a typical Sabbath groove at the start, but it’s the frantic middle part of the song that really takes it to soaring heights. Ozzy finds a great vocal harmony to accompany Iommi’s powered riff. Then the “Every Day Comes and Goes” section features another stellar Iommi riff starting at 3:56, which carries the song into the outro solo/instrumental.
Looking For Today (Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, 1973)
Sabbath’s song about the music industry always looking for the next overnight success acts, which then quickly fade into obscurity, is a fairly accessible track that’s more catchy-groovy than heavy. One of the only Sabbath songs to feature a flute, played by Iommi, “Looking For Today” isn’t your typical Sabbath song, but that’s what makes it so good. One Sabbath staple are plenty of “YEAHS” from Ozzy. And Iommi’s outro guitar solo features some stellar fretwork as the song fades out.
The Thrill of It All (Sabotage, 1975)
A track that often goes unnoticed, “The Thrill of It All” opens side 2 of the amazing Sabotage record. It’s five minutes of Sabbath at their best in a song that’s broken down into three parts starting with the intro riff/solo. The second part comes in with a trademark “Yeah” from Ozzy as the verses get underway, backed by a killer Iommi riff. The last half is like a totally different song with synthesizer underlying Iommi’s fretwork as the song soars to a crescendo with Ozzy laying down some powerful vocals. Despite the legal difficulties the band was going through recording Sabotage, the ending of the song conveys a sort of freedom and release that belies the stress they were feeling in the studio.
Junior’s Eyes (Never Say Die, 1978)
Looking at the last album from the Ozzy years in the 1970s, “Junior’s Eyes” is one of the most poignant tracks Black Sabbath ever wrote. Lyrically, it deals with the death of Ozzy’s father, who died shortly before recording the album. The song was actually written by the band after Ozzy temporarily quit for three months. Sabbath hired Dave Walker as his replacement and “Junior’s Eyes” was one of the tracks they wrote. The band rewrote it when Ozzy joined the fold again because he refused to sing any of the Walker material. “Junior’s Eyes” is made that much better knowing the lyrics come from the heart as Ozzy belts out the chorus: “You’re coming home again tomorrow. I’m sorry it won’t be for long.” Definitely one of Sabbath’s most underrated songs from the Ozzy era.