Release Date: 01 October 2015
Format: LP Vinyl
|Black Sabbath Never Say Die 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
Towards the end of 1977, Black Sabbath were in a state of turmoil. Problems of all description were having an adverse effect on the band’s ability to function and finally Ozzy Osbourne could take no more and would quit at the end of the Technical Ecstasy World Tour. Briefly replaced by ex-Savoy Brown vocalist Dave Walker and resulting in the first line-up change since the band began ten years earlier, Walker’s tenure would however, be extremely short lived and Ozzy returned to resume lead vocal duty and a re-location to Toronto, Canada for recording sessions and the resultant Never Say Die! album.
Despite continuing problems both internal and external, the title track would impact on the singles chart and reach number 21 in June 1978 and would secure an appearance for the band on the influential chart show, Top Of The Pops. Not since ‘Paranoid’ in 1970 had Black Sabbath enjoyed such coverage.
A second single, ‘Hard Road’ also got to 33 in the charts but the resultant full album release during October ’78 was met with mixed reaction from the die-hard fans despite further strong material on offer in the shape of ‘Johnny Blade’ and ‘Junior’s Eyes’.
The clarion call provided by the album’s title might have been a mission statement for the band members to rise above their problems despite all the odds but unfortunately, Never Say Die! would prove to have the very opposite effect and during the U.S. tour for album, Ozzy would leave his band mates a second time and seemingly now for good as he plotted to put together a new band project called Blizzard Of Ozz with Quiet Riot guitar virtuoso, Randy Rhoads.
This re-mastered and sumptuous gatefold digipak edition of the album boasts comprehensive story of the album sleeve-notes by renowned Rock critic Jerry Ewing (Classic Rock & Metal Hammer magazine and TotalRock Radio) and a plethora of rare and previously unseen photographs and items of memorabilia
Never Say Die
A Hard Road
Over To You
Swinging The Chain