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Born Again [CASSETTE] [Import]

Black Sabbath Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette (17 Oct 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002KZP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,430,215 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Trashed
2. Stonehenge
3. Disturbing the Priest
4. Dark
5. Zero the Hero
6. Digital Bitch
7. Born Again
8. Hot Line
9. Keep It Warm

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sabbath's Career Gets Bizarre! 11 Jun 2007
By Ed
Format:Audio CD
In 1983 the seemingly unthinkable happened, Ian Gillan joined Black Sabbath, how could this be? This was (and frankly still is) a little bizarre two of the great hard rock bands join together how could it possibly last, well it didn't the `Born Again' line up only lasted one album and one tour, although poor old Bill Ward didn't even last that long (he was replaced by former ELO drummer Bev Bevan for the Born Again tour.

Now lets look at the music. This album as one might expect is very different to any Sabbath album before or since due to the influence of Ian Gillan. Ian provides all the lyrics for this album and does in my opinion a excellent job. Generally the standard of song writing here is very high with `Trashed', `Zero the Hero', `Disturbing the Priest' and `Born Again'. The latter of which being particularly of note as it can be seen as Sabbath attempting a 'Power Ballad' of sorts, although they pull it off with aplomb and its not nearly as American sounding as `No Stranger to Love' from the `Seventh Star' album or the sub-Aerosmith `Feels Good to Me' from `Tyr'. In my opinion this album features Gillan's last truly great vocal performance, some say its over the top and cheesy (probably the same `fans' who didn't like Dio), but to me Gillan is perfect on this album. As always Iommi provides skull crushingly heavy riffs (see `Zero the Hero' now that's Heavy!) and some beautiful melodic solo's as well as face melters. Geezer as per usual plays excellently through out, with his thunderous bass playing. Sadly I can't really tell how well Bill's doing as the production gives poor old Bill that horrendous 80's drum sound completely removing all of Bill's wonderful feel, it's no fault of Bill's. So it's only the production that lets this magnificent metal album down.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the original 7 Jun 2012
Format:Audio CD
This may seem a bit of a strange thing to put, but although i believe Born again to be the worst Black Sabbath album of all time, this deluxe edition is worth buying because the live show is FANTASTIC. I bought this version just because i'm a collector, but when i listened to the reading gig, i couldn't believe how good they sounded. Gillan does justice to the Ozzy originals, and there's a storming version of Smoke on the water, which the crowd are really into. Even the tracks from Born Again sound good live. Clearly this line-up worked better on stage than in the studio.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Black Purple or Deep Sabbath 13 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
i like it, not as much as the previous classics, but it is good and underrated one.
Gillan is a great vocalist and done very good job here.
Top tracks are: 'Disturbing the Priest', 'Digital Bitch' and 'Trashed'.
An album you nust have if you are a Black Sabbath fan, even if it not classic it still deserve the purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reason for bad sound! 4 May 2012
Format:Audio CD
According to Tony Iommi the reason the original mix on this is so bad is because they did not know the tweeters were blown in the speakers they used for making the mix. The second question is why did they not remix it? According to sanctuary the original multiple track is missing leaving just the two track master to work with.
The studio album disc dose not sound great but this is a good record and at least you don't have to pay a fortune to get it anymore!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Heavy and Great! 1 Feb 2007
By David Calcano VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I always wanted to check out this record ... And boy what a great surprise! This album is heavy, melodic and bloody awesome! Go ahead listen to 'Thrash' while you read this... You'll know what I'm talking about! Or listen to 'Zero the Hero' a dark and heavy tune...

Imagine getting paranoid blend out with deep purples rock, twist it more, add more speed and there you go. You get born again! The guitars are unbelievable the sound is just in your face, and personally I think the vocals are a master-class.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting album, horrible production. 5 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I first heard this album on a old cassette on its release and i was convinced the awful sound was due to the primitive bootlegging involved. 26 years later with a new CD on the player it sounds just as bad... Which is a crying shame as there are some great songs on this record like Zero the Hero and Born again, and some of the arrangments are pure Sabbath. The only element that isnt distorted by the production are Gillans vocals which howl ,scream, yelp and croon like a man quite enjoying his time with one of the iconic bands of the seventies. I saw them at Reading in 1983 playing "Smoke on the water" and Geezer Butler was loving it, as did i !
Maybe one day Tony will pull out the tapes and remix it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Black Sabbath + Deep Purple = Deep Sabbath 8 Aug 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I must say i was uncertain about this Album, but after listening to it... it's quite good the tracks have that Sabbath feel to it combined with Deep Purple's Ian Gillen's voice its something to behold. Digital Bitch is one of the best songs on the album i think and this Deluxe Edition is a good part to the Sabbath collection the second disc is an interesting Live session Gillen does an okay job with the Sabbath classic's but personally nothing beats Ozzy Fronting Sabbath Live, This album is something different but in a good way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic 25 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album's unfortunate cover, with a red baby sporting fangs and claws, make it look like one of those you find in a bargain bin at petrol stations. But the material is a hidden treasure. I don't think people have given it enough credit. To some due to the fact that it's not Ozzy singing, and to some because they think Ian Gillan belongs in Deep Purple, who is singing instead. But if you just listen to the music, you'll find that this album is a well deserved classic of the 80's. Ian Gillan voice is simply awesome and there are some true gems on this album. I like then all, and I think everybody ought to give this album a try. You won't regret it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars zoverstock twats
Zoverstocks very kindly sent me the first Sabbath cd in the born again case /cover, so unfortunately I still don't know what this album was like, however I do know what zoverstocks... Read more
Published 11 days ago by richard brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Born Again Indid!
It was one of my first three lp's (the others Scorpions - Love At First Sting and Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast). Read more
Published 6 months ago by Phoris
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good non Ozzy sabbath
Though most people dismiss sabbath that is not got Ozzy or did as the lead singer this is a really good album with Ian Gillian from deep purple taking the reigns, however though a... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Adam
2.0 out of 5 stars What were they thinking?!
Deep Purple, pre-Morse, are my favourite band of all time, and Sabbath with Ozzy or Dio are my second favourite band of all time. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Basskenstein
4.0 out of 5 stars Gillan magic
Disc 1 is pretty much the way I remember it from my original vinyl copy though the remastering has improved things. The music still has a 'muddy mix' but Gillans vocals are crisp. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Gary Locke
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff
The best album Deep Purple/Gillan never released.
Ian Gillan is on top form and although it doesn't sound like Sabbath at all, it is still a great album. Read more
Published 10 months ago by A. Morton
3.0 out of 5 stars Deep Sabbath, or Black Purple? You decide.
The headline says it all really, a very strange mix of old Purple & Sabbath, that adds up to a darker & moodier version of Sabbath. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. DM Griffiths
4.0 out of 5 stars better than you might imagine
Pretty decent metal album, some heavy riffs, and quite interesting listening to Gillan take on some of the classics on the bonus disc. I was at Reading and it was a good show.
Published 17 months ago by Ian A
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Sabbath's most underrated LP.
A real gem. In this case, don't judge the record by it's cover! Songs that are in high rotation on my ipod: Trashed, Digital Bitch and the title track.
Published 18 months ago by Hugo Sylvestre
4.0 out of 5 stars Sabbath !!
I must admit that the attraction here was the bonus disc which had the BBC broadcast version from 1983 . However the remastering to Born Again has helped too .
Published 19 months ago by mr P
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