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BORN AGAIN - BLACK SABBATH Import
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Don't believe all of the derogitory comments you hear about this album; it is a classic. It is a horrible shame that Ian Gillan didn't stick it out with Sabbath longer than this. His vocals fit in perfectly with Sabbath's style on this album, which is heavier than anything from any point in their history. Gillan's vocals on the sinister "Disturbing the Priest" is so menacing it would send the guys from Slayer running out of the room.
"Trashed" is another classic track. It is about a wreck Gillan had during the recording while driving under the influence. It may be politically incorrect, but it kicks harder than anything Sabbath has released since the early Ozzy days. "Zero The Hero" has a great riff which Guns n' Roses later used for "Paradise City," and "Hotline" is a great song that I wind up singing to myself days after I last listened to the album.
If you expect this album to sound like a cross between Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, don't worry about it. This album is all Sabbath, and Gillan turns in an awesom performance. If you like Sabbath at any stage of their career, whether it be with Ozzy, Dio, or Martin, get this album. It will not disappoint.
The only thing holding back the album from 5 stars is the muddy sound quality. Gillan blames bassist Geezer Butler for this. Story has it, Gillan heard the rough mixes (and still has them) and they sounded great, then Gezzer mixed the album with way too much bass. The remastering is actually pretty good, cleaning up some of the problem. Hopefully one day it will be re-mixed, or Mr. Gillan will release the earlier mixes.
Highlights: Trashed, Disturbing The Priest, Digital Bitch, Born Again & Keep It Warm
~ Black Sabbath: 4 1/2 stars
To fill the shoes of Ozzy and Dio, vocalist Ian Gillian made perfect sense and seemed like an ideal match. With such albums as "Fireball" (1970) and "Machine Head" (1972) under his belt, the (then) former Deep Purple frontman certainly had the background and credentials to front Sabbath. Although Sabbath and Deep Purple were rivals in their coinciding heyday, their similarities outnumbered their differences as they were both responsible for some of the decade's best rock. With Gillian at the helm and original drummer Bill Ward back behind the kit, Sabbath released their eleventh studio album, the aptly titled "Born Again" in the summer of '83.
The third incarnation of Sabbath is not a radical departure from the sound of the Ozzy or Dio years. With Tony Iommi's heavy, gloomy riffs and bluesy solos over Ward and Butler's solid rhythm section, "Born Again" certainly sounds like a Black Sabbath album. Gillian, however, definitely adds his signature to the band.Read more ›
Well, Ian, I did too. I've heard that Tony Iommi allowed it because he found it hilarious.
Note: I haven't heard the remastered version. My review of this is based on my original German-made CD.
When Ronnie James Dio left the band, I was crushed. However, somehow, I predicted that they would get Ian Gillan. To my surprise, I was right!!!
This is not their best album. However, it is not worth the abuse ("Black Purple") that has been heaped on it over the years (mostly by people who won't accept anything past "Never Say Die" anyway).
I got this album during my senior year in high school (83-84). I had high expectations, since Sabbath are my favourite HM band and I have very high regard for Ian Gillan. Nobody shrieks like him! Plus, Bill Ward was back (albeit temporarily).
When I played it, I was struck by two things. First of all, I was surprised at how HEAVY it is - far heavier than the two previous studio albums. Riffmaster Tony Iommi certainly doesn't disappoint! I also noticed that, indeed, some of the songs (especially "Hot Line") could easily have come off a Deep Purple album or one of Gillan's solo albums (he was huge as a solo artist in Europe and Japan). Indeed, there was some controversy as he had broken Gillan up due to nodes on his vocal chords and then he shows up in Black Sabbath!
This is perhaps Sabbath's most controversial album after "Seventh Star" (which isn't a Sabbath album, really). Apparently Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler didn't want to call it a Sabbath album.Read more ›
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Very hard to find album. Only complaint is the mastering. Way too quiet! Can't crank this one!Published 9 days ago by Allison
My favorite Sabbath album, the cover art gave me nightmares as a kid in the 80s. It's a very spooky sounding album, the kind of album you'd expect to be playing in hell or on the... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Blake
really enjoyed this as it was a little dark and with the singing was very uniquePublished 2 months ago by spudas
Brand spanking new and at a great price. The 2nd disk live cd was awesome! Thanks again.Published 3 months ago by Arturo Garcia
I've always been very fond of this album!!! The deluxe edition is a must have for all fans of this record!!!Published 3 months ago by Ed White
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I noticed this as well...immediately after I ripped the CD into my portable device...so, I ripped it again...I do so at the highest bit rate...so I listened to the CD...and it was on the CD itself...I could hear the glitch clearer on the CD and realized this is not a glitch on the CD...this is on... Read More
Jan 30, 2013 by JayCane | See all 6 posts
I am excited for this release, long overdue. It's a shame that lost the master tapes so they couldn't remix it. But I had always thought Ian had the different masters, guess they are lost as well lol. Hopefully this will be somewhat sonically upgraded.
BTW Robert, I too can't wait for the... Read More
May 19, 2011 by That Metal Guy | See all 4 posts