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Never Say Die!

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  • If there ever was an album that was just killed before it came out this album would be it. The album had no chance cause a stupid fans getting all mad about Ozzy and the Sabbath they knew changing. Well This album was a great album and if you still don’t see it maybe yor not a music fan, but a blind Ozzy fan. 1. Never Say Die -Great starter! This song builds the tone of the album. 85%2. Johnny Blade -The heavy side of sabbath shows up here and this track sounds like a better Iron Man. Very movig too! 90% 3. Junior’s Eyes -A ballod that lost me. Didn’t like it as well as the next track but showed the feelings of Ozzy during his time of loss. 75% 4. A Hard Road -The best ballod of this album and the second best ballod of Black Sabbath ever. It’s the song that may have lead to the new sound of Sabbah after Ozzy leaving. 95%5. Shock Wave -Spooky track with a nice sound to it. Good enough to listen to anyways. 85% 6. Air Dance -This one is plain different for “Black Sabbath?!”. It’s a track that has basicly a piano a singer and drums. Very different! 80% 7. Over To You -More about life and polatics. 80%8. Breakout- This song I agree did not go well on here. But was at least interesting.(No singer in this one) 65%9. Swinging The Chain- The Track with Bill Ward singing. Heavyer track. 85%If you like this album, try out some of the following: Blizzard of Ozz(Ozzy Osbourne), Heaven and Hell(Black Sabbath), Techical Ecstasy(Black Sabbath),and Ozzmosis(Ozzy Osbourne)

    Posted on February 6, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Why ‘little’? Well, because of ‘Vol 4′, ‘Sabotage’, and so on… It doesn’t mean anything, though; in fact, ‘little’ is an understatement. This album is refreshing! Still sounds great after all these years! And it even captured a younger audience. Underrated, unjustly put down, this is a glorious conclusion of the classic and unrepeated Osbourne era. I must say, I listen to this wonder on a daily basis and still can’t get enough of it… It is the music, of course, the maturity of the band, a solid Ozzy performance, a unique feeling and some amazing sounds. Experimentation, synthesizers, improvisational grand piano, saxophones… Where else can you hear an instrumental like ‘Breakout’?. Not musical taste, the critics said. Well, there is a powerful taste here, which goes all the way back to the grand-band jazz! Listen to this piece carefully, with the volume turned high: Only then you can capture its meaning… And the rest of the songs? Sheer delight, I wouldn’t know where to start: The title track is a great kick-off song, fast, powerful and captivating. ‘Junior’s Eyes’ totally captured my heart, when my best friend died in a motorcycle accident in Europe many years ago… ‘Johnny Blade’, the portrait of a street-fighter, is so powerful and convincing that makes you wonder why this album received so many bad reviews. As I mentioned in my review of ‘Technical Ecstasy’ the social references of NSD are quite prominent, however, this CD is also spirituality at its best. This spirituality is beautifully expressed in ‘Air dance’, the mystical masterpiece of the album. Nice piano work, haunting, acoustic/electric combinations, followed by a delightful boogie conclusion.As I hinted above, a comparison with some of the previous classic Sabbath albums would be unfair. This is not exactly heavy metal. Experimental hard rock may be the best description of NSD. A new musical direction, perhaps. The Sabbath have always been pioneers of the genre. And what genre? Practically their own…’Shock Wave’: Pleasant, strong, changes themes a few times. ‘Over to You’: Starts upbeat, turns to melancholic, with the haunting piano of ‘Air Dance’ continuing here… A nice song. ‘Swinging the Chain’ and ‘A Hard Road’ are generally considered the ‘lowest’ moments of the CD. I won’t argue with the statement, I still like, though, the beat and raw sound of the closing ‘Swinging the Chain’, Ward’s vocals and the harmonica that hasn’t played since ‘The Wizard’. What else is there to say? Only this: Don’t miss this album for anything, or you’ll be missing one of the most innovative and trully amazing Sabbath albums ever and also, one of the best hard rock originals ever created. Enjoy!

    Posted on February 6, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I bought the Castle Remaster Edition (Cstle; ASIN: B000005RFN) and was very impressed with the packaging and sound quality. Lots of great colour and black/white photos along with complete lyrics and all artwork from the original album. In addition, each album has a unique fact-laden essay about the band during the circumstances surrounding each album.The remastering is very crisp and clean as I’ve given this album the headphones test and it passed with flying colours. The songs have a dynamic sound as opposed to the Warner Brothers edition where everything sounds flat.As for the music, Sabbath no longer plods along with heavy riffs that pummel their listeners into submission… a fact that turned many listeners off to this album as well as its predecessor, Technical Ecstasy. Instead, Sabbath turned the speed up a notch and used more blues oriented riffs and somber melodies. Even so, at times the music sounds lost and dark, like in a drugged haze. The album rocks, but at a slightly faster pace than their older albums. And yes, that’s Bill Ward singing on the last track!Never Say Die is not perfect (in Sabbath’s sense) but it’s better than the best of those influenced by Sabbath.I would HIGHLY recommend the Castle edition for all the Sabbath albums as the sound quality is superior, the artwork is great and the extra photos and lyrics are everything you could wish for!

    Posted on February 6, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • 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.

    Posted on February 6, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • It always facinates me to hear the guys in Sabbath say they didn’t care for albums like Sabatoge and Never Say Die. I think they remember the events surrounding the albums more than the actual music. Never Say Die is a fantastic album no matter what anyone says. You really won’t find the classic sludge of Master of Reality on Never Say Die but you will find Sabbath acting like a real group and expanding on different styles in the same manner Zeppelin did. If Sabbath released a new album you can bet it would be a bit more ‘by the numbers’ and that would be fine since we all want a new Sabbath album anyway. But this is probably the most diverse album Sabbath ever did. Does this mean this is the quinissential Sabbath album? Of course not. But it does mean it’s a great album to really hear what Sabbath was capable of, regardless if you dig their ideas at the time. Once Ozzy was gone, Sabbath took a step in the new metal sound of the time and an album like Never Say Die would never be a possibility following this. Buy this album and dig it.

    Posted on February 6, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now