Release Date: 21 September 2009
Format: LP Vinyl
|Black Sabbath Technical Ecstasy Limited Remastered Vinyl LP.
Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, Ozzy Osbourne – four names that resonate throughout Rock’s recorded history as clear and sublime as the haunting bell that tolls the opening to their eponymous debut album from 1970.
Collectively, they formed Black Sabbath and forged the most diabolic and hypnotic rock sound of all time. In so doing, they enslaved the minds and souls of millions of rock fans around the world and continue to do so into the new millennium. The musical genre they created also inspired countless musicians and spawned a thousand bands, all of which have attempted to emulate the Heavy Metal originators but few have come close to rival the unquiet dread inherent within the musical make-up of the Birmingham band.
Today, Black Sabbath are hailed as the true creators of the Heavy Metal genre and their history and influential legacy is continually dissected and discussed within the pages of Rock publications all over the world. With the genre in such a vibrant state of health, messrs Iommi, Butler, Osbourne and Ward still revel in the occasional reunion as a continual reminder to all of their dominance over the landscape that is Heavy Metal and all its illegitimate offspring
Released in October of ’76, Technical Ecstasy was born of fire and raised in flames. At first the album drew many detractors with the fans and critics suggesting the band were running out of ideas and reaching the end of a phase in their career. And whilst it is evidence of a confusing time for Black Sabbath, there’s an extraordinary strength and vitality about the music. Despite all the problems, both within the band and also around them, if one listens back to the album again today, one will hear that Black Sabbath could still work their magic in the studio.
What emerged was definitely several steps removed from those far off days of their eponymous debut in 1970. But this was a band who were several years further down the musical dirt track – and one not prepared to repeat the past. Sabbath retained their trademark ability to riff and blaze like no others on the planet, but they were also expanding their universe, proving to everyone they could not only march boldly on towards the end of their first decade together, but could adapt and mature into the bargain.
So, as you listen again to the charms of the album remember one thing above all else: you are privileged to be given a window into a world that never got the chance to evolve. Which is why Technical Ecstasy remains one of Sabbath’s greatest triumphs and probably their most frustrating imponderable.
This re-mastered and sumptuous gatefold digipak edition of the album boasts comprehensive story of the album sleeve-notes by renowned Rock critic Malcolm Dome (Classic Rock & Metal Hammer magazine and TotalRock Radio) and a plethora of rare and previously unseen photographs and items of memorabilia.
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