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out with a bang,
This review is from: Never Say Die (Audio CD)
Apparently, most Sabbath fans hate Never Say Die, and in fact Technical Ecstasy as well. I couldn't disagree more. These last two albums (for after Ozzy left, it wasn't really Sabbath anymore, was it?) let show the troubles the band was having, but that doesn't stop them from being great music. "Johnny Blade", "Air Dance", "Junior's Eyes", and "Shock Wave" top my list of great songs from this record. Maybe it's that some listeners pigeonhole Sabbath after hearing stuff from Paranoid, Masters of Reality, et cetera, and don't take the time to consider all 8 albums as a whole. If you sat down and listened carefully to all 8 in a row, you could hear the progression from one to the next. Their self-titled debut is similar to Paranoid, which is similar to Master of Reality, which is similar to Volume 4, but the first LP and Vol4 are not similar AT ALL. Black Sabbath experienced a very complex musical progression, and it deserves to be considered as a whole. And when considered thus, Never Say Die makes a fitting ending.
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Initial post: Jan 30, 2011 8:15:40 PM PST
B. Maas says:
Excellent ideas on the progression of Sabbath and reasons to reassess Never Say Die and Technical Ecstasy on their own terms independent of the acknowledged masterpieces.
Posted on Jun 6, 2013 12:09:36 PM PDT
Valentin Diakonov says:
Well put, sir!
Posted on Dec 14, 2013 11:46:58 AM PST
And I could not agree more with you on that part, after Ozzy left it was not Sabbath anymore... It was Heaven & Hell.
In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2014 6:46:11 PM PDT
Heather Parker says:
And it was better! :) \m/
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