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Technical Ecstasy

Black SabbathAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)

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Black Sabbath is credited with creating heavy metal. The success of their first two albums - Black Sabbath and Paranoid - marked a paradigm shift in the world of rock. Not until Black Sabbath upended the music scene did the term “heavy metal” enter the popular vocabulary to describe the denser, more thunderous offshoot of rock over which they presided.

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000002KGG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,269 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Back Street Kids
2. You Won't Change Me
3. It's Allright
4. Gypsy
5. All Moving Parts (Stand Still)
6. Rock'n'Roll Doctor
7. She's Gone
8. Dirty Women

Editorial Reviews

Keyboards, strings and melodic vocals by drummer Billy Ward entered Sabbath's domain on this 1976 LP. But so did raging rockers like Back Street Kids and You Won't Change Me .

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slick, subdued July 11, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This album was a byproduct of the creative tug-of-war between Ozzy and Tony Iommi, who wanted the band to experiment with more styles. If you saw the "Technical Ecstasy" tour, not a lot of these songs fit into the show--"Dirty Women" and "Gypsy" being the best. The best part of this album is its production quality, which is exceptional and certainly needed no remaster. "All Moving Parts" and "Rock & Roll Doctor" are well-executed, dispensable pop lacking the teeth that Sabbath fans crave.
When Sabbath hit this period, I strayed to bands like Judas Priest that displayed more emotion and energy (at the time). Since then, the band's drug problems and internal strife during the recording of this album have been well-documented. In retrospect, it is amazing this album is as good as it is.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the last.... December 20, 1998
Format:Audio CD
I simply cannot believe the negative reviews of this album by many of my fellow Sabbath "fans"... This album was a landmark in the way of production when it came out and it also blows away "Never Say Die", which I also thought was an excellent album. "Dirty Women" was obviously the standout track...I mean just listen to the end of the song where the guys just ROCK OUT. It moves my soul. I remember going to this concert live and they played "She's Gone" over the P.A. before and

after the concert. "I've been, a long long time...a waitin' for you". Makes my skin crawl even now. What an incredibly beautiful song. Ozzy never got closer to purity than on stuff like this. "Back Street Kids" is good too, but "All Moving Parts Stand Still" is a really good and well thought out track. Definitely not Paranoid or Master of Reality material, but the well-versed Sabbath fan pays homage.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sabbath in transition January 7, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is a transition album for Black Sabbath, between the brilliant album Sabotage and the more mainstream metal album Never Say Die (which is a great album too). Ozzy's lyrics take negativity to a personal level more so in this album, and you sense that he was having major personal issues in 1976. There are some great songs on this album, but like I said, if you are a positive thinker you won't appreciate this album. The funniest part about this album is the pairing up of two songs next to each other She's Gone, and Dirty Women. As in..."my fiancee left me, so I'm gonna get a street girl tonight". Funny!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sabbath, No Matter What People Say July 21, 2009
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I see a lot of positive reviews, but also quite a few mixed ones for this album. This was the last Sabbath with Ozzy album that I checked out because I'd heard bad things about it for years, but when I finally got it I was very pleasantly surprised. This album fits perfectly with Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and Sabotage, forming a trio similar to the way the first three albums fit together, but with more of a 70's rock influence than the earlier, Cream-inspired efforts. Seriously, the vocals, the song styles, the use of keyboards; this album belongs right alongside SBS and Sabotage in every way. It boasts a few songs that are as good as any in Sabbath's catalog, like Back Steet Kids, You Won't Change Me, Gypsy, and Dirty Women. Back Street Kids especially; this song gets knocked for its lyrics (which aren't even that bad), but it boasts a great main riff with a guitar sound similar to Paranoid. Ozzy's vocals and Iommi's lead playing on this release are easily on par with the two preceding albums, both of which for some reason get better reviews than Technical Ecstasy.

Of the other songs, I love She's Gone, a ballad that I prefer to Vol. 4's Changes. All Moving Parts Stand Still is some awesome Sabbath, with guitar parts that again sound similar to Paranoid. Rock N' Roll Doctor gets knocked as a weak song, but I love it anyway. It has a great headbanging main riff and chorus, with barely veiled lyrics about a drug dealer (reminiscent of the obvious lyrics in Sweet Leaf). That only leaves It's Alright, which sounds kinda like The Beatles, until Tony's leads in the middle, which are great. Overall, I think this album is highly undervalued. C'mon people, it's one of the eight Sabbath albums with the classic line-up, all of which are unique and genius in their own way. Give credit where credit is due.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why does everyone hate this? December 2, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
I don't know why "technical estacy" gets ripped apart by sabbath fans all of the time,sure,it might not be dark and heavy like "master of reality" "SBS" or "sabotage" were, but thats not the point of TE. if you can get over the fact that this album is not as famous as "paranoid",has some light songs and ignore any retard negative comment, you will discover one of rocks best hidden gems. i originally bought it to complete my sabbath collection and didn't expect much out of it, but i was blown away by it,now i listen to it more then any thing else by sabbath. it is a slicker album then most of black sabbath records but i would say its their most solid effort. "backstreet kids" "it's alright" "gypsy" "rock n roll doctor" "you wont change me" and "dirty women" are my favorites. its been awhile since i first got this (the warner bros version) and now i have found the hard to find castle version of this album and the sound blows my old warner version out the window! i would agree w/ what most people said about this before,it sounds NOTHING like traditional black sabbath and has an almost pop qaulity to it. it failed horribly in the U.S. but has become a cult classic in its own right. its definatly right up your alley if you want to listen to something different. why does everyone not like this? its got the best song writting/playing of all of the ozzy era sabbath albums.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great album
Published 2 months ago by Jason L . Inocencio
3.0 out of 5 stars not one of my favorites
I bought this to help fill out my Black Sabbath collection. This isn't one of my favorite albums, that's for sure. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Todd Bradley
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a classic but ok
Many will say the first 6 Black Sabbath albums are the best, and the definitive Black Sabbath. And, they'd be right. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Metalhammer
5.0 out of 5 stars Already own it on LP
Been collecting all Black Sabbath's albums to keep them unopened as part of my collection. Want to be able to play Sabbath's songs when the world collides and all MP3 players are... Read more
Published 3 months ago by cmarti
2.0 out of 5 stars I still haven't been able to get through this one...
The best thing about Black Sabbath is that they invented music, and never caved into pressure to conform. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Beer No Evil
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath's 7th album release is a must have for your collection. Released in 1976 while the band was still young, but only four years prior to Ozzy leaving the band.
Published 5 months ago by Ted Quam
5.0 out of 5 stars SABBATHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!
While this is not a HUGE classic like PARANOID and MASTER OF REALITY, TECHNICAL is a pretty solid SABBATH album with some great songs like IT'S ALRIGHT, ALL MOVING PARTS and DIRTY... Read more
Published 6 months ago by FLUMINENSE
5.0 out of 5 stars sab
anything Sabbath I really love so I don't care that it might not be an album that is requested a lot because I have it and that's all that matters you cant go wrong with sab
Published 6 months ago by spudas
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have
While not one of the four highly regarded Sabbath releases, it's very very good and won't dissapoint. It shows a different side of the band on a few tracks. I really enjoy it.
Published 6 months ago by Snotter
5.0 out of 5 stars Replace
Here is a cd that Sabbath fans really didn't like, especially for the time, and what was previously released in earlier recordings. Read more
Published 7 months ago by D. Ryan
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