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Beyond the Hype breeds creative contempt,
This review is from: Technical Ecstasy (Audio CD)
After the brilliance of Sabotage, the Sabs released this rubbish. I remember thinking, Black Sabbath was dead, and would go the way of one hit wonders, and the "where are they now" acts.
Of course, there was briefly another singer prior to Never Say Die before Ozzy came back just to be fired. I heard a clip of one of the songs they played on the BBC, and the band sound was different, heavier and blusy like on their first album. It could very well be a Producer / Warner Bros issue that cause this album and the followup album to be so flat.
When news of the Sabbath/Dio alliance came out, the Sabbath fans were devastated, but the Man on the Silver Mountain was destined to save the day.
Pros: this album has a fine album cover unlike their first 4 albums. Don Arden was likely cheap, and the band received more coke than cash starting with Vol 4.
Con: Even staples like Dirty Women and Rock and Roll Doctor couldn't save this album.
Its hard to believe that one of the heaviest, toughest scariest sounding bands of the 70's was so overtly and profoundly exploited. And so they took it out on their fans into Never Say Die and Ozzy's attempt at a solo career.
Addendum: I just seen a documentary which shows that the band(except Ward) was becoming very aware that they were being ripped off by Warner Bros. and Management. I can understand now how this album would follow the great Sabotage, as this appears to be the case. My apologies to fans of this album.
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Initial post: Jun 20, 2013 6:37:14 PM PDT
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Randall Brooks says:
When you say that briefly there was another singer on these songs before Ozzy came back, you are obviously mistaking this for "Never Say Die". Ozzy didn't leave Sabbath until after the tour for this album, then came back during the middle of the recording of "Never Say Die", and they scrapped vocal tracks laid down by Dave Walker. And the clip you heard from the BBC was more than likely "Junior's Eyes", with Dave Walker, recorded during (and for) the "Never Say Die" album sessions. There is no other recording of this album with another singer. Please get your facts straight before posting reviews on here.
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