3. SABBRA CADABRA (1973)
This was the Garage Inc track closest to Jason Newsted’s heart. “Geezer Butler is my favourite bassist of all time,” he told fan club magazine So
What! “So needless to say, that was the shit, and the one that I tried the hardest to pay the most attention to be ultra-respectful on.”
From the Brummie metal inventors’ fifth LP, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, it was an unusually chirpy, loved-up rock’n’roll tune. “It’s that opening riff that just really gets us going,” Kirk said in 1998, when Metallica were still in the studio playing around with the song. “We might try to glue Sabbra
Cadabra together with another Sabbath song.” In the event, A National Acrobat was plucked from the same album and interpolated into the mid-section, neatly seguing from a carefree song about shagging to some of Geezer’s weightiest lyrical concerns (although sadly this meant we didn’t get to hear James sing, ‘Lovely lay-yay-yayyay-deh’).