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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Perhaps the most divisive period in Black Sabbath's history, Ian Gillan's brief stint with the band only resulted in one album, the infamous "Born Again. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anthony Nasti
You will read from a lot of reviewers saying this is a underrated album and that is for a good reason. It is right up there with all the Ozzy and Dio stuff. Read morePublished 2 months ago by HENDRIXMAN
Absolute horrible sound quality! Cd is impossible to listen do because of this..VERY DISAPPOINTED and unsatisfiedPublished 4 months ago by chris crawford
One my favorite Sabbath albums. Ian makes this lp worth listening to every second. Enjoy!!!!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
No doubt, one of the worst Sabbath's albuns. I am a great fan of Ian Gillan in the 70ths and BS too, but this CD looks like the lastest Purple's CDs ... Bananas, etc. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gilberto Dotti Cesa
Arrived promptly and was packed well. I am very happy with this purchase. Highly recommended!Published 5 months ago by Jaymi Names
Very hard to find album. Only complaint is the mastering. Way too quiet! Can't crank this one!Published 6 months ago by Allison