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Never Say Die! [Original recording remastered]

Black Sabbath Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,237 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Never Say Die
2. Johnny Blade
3. Junior's Eyes
4. A Hard Road
5. Shock Wave
6. Air Dance
7. Over To You
8. Breakout
9. Swinging The Chain

Product Description

BLACK SABBATH Never Say Die! (2009 issue UK 9-track digitally remastered CD album - Towards the end of 1977 Black Sabbath were in a state of turmoil. Problems of all description were having an adverse effect on the bands ability to functionandfinally Ozzy Osbourne could take no more and quit at the end of the Technical Ecstasy World Tour. He was briefly replaced by ex-Savoy Brown vocalist Dave Walker resulting in the first line-up change since the band began Walkers tenurewould however be extremely short lived and Ozzy returned to resume lead vocal duty for recording sessions and the resultant Never Say Die! album. Includes the hits Never Say Die & A Hard Road. Hype stickered & sealed gatefold digipak picture sleeves complete with a picture booklet containing extensive sleevenotes by Jerry Ewing [Classic Rock magazine] and a plethora of rare and previously unseen photographs and items of memorabilia)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a good album 22 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
The last of the albums by the original lineup might not match the sheer brilliance of earlier works like Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, but it's still well worth a listen, even for Shockwave and Junior's Eyes alone. The latter track begins as though its been taken straight off the sessions tape but builds to a beautiful crescendo culminating in a devlishly good Iommi solo.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously under-rated 14 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is possibly the most under-rated of all Sabbath albums. It was made at a painful time for the band, Ozzy split with the group half way through the album but came back to complete it.
The product of all this angst is a diverse album unified only but the distinctively metallic sound of Iommi’s guitar (you’ll have to listen to the album to see what I mean). Sabbath still rocked, with tracks like Never Say Die, Johnny Blade and Shock Wave about as full-on any in the early catalogue. Running alongside this are what can best be described as metal fusion (only about 14 years before the then-ground breaking Images and Words, by Dream Theater.) There are some amazing funk bass riffs in Junior’s Eyes; some blues influence in Swinging the Chain; progressive leanings in Hard Road, and some I-don’t-know-what big band experimentation in the aptly named Breakout. All this with no perceptible depreciation in quality – in fact this is probably the most consistently good of all the early albums (I can’t really think of a dud besides Shock Wave).
My personal favourite though has to be Johnny Blade: pure 24 carat 70s hard rock. Opening with some wonderful interplay between synth, drums and guitar, it then rocks into all out metal. When you add to this some cold yet haunting lyrics from a mature song writer and a, frankly, unbettered guitar solo finale from Tony Iommi you’ve got something pretty special. It’s never off my Sabbath playlist.
This album really needs to be rediscovered by Sabbath fans.
This is the last album of the Ozzy era. Just over a year later, Sabbath would release a new album, Heaven and Hell, fronted by the diminutive (in height only) Ronnie James Dio.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated classic 28 July 2012
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The last Ozzy era Sabbath album is better than it is reported to be, as the reviewers here say. It is a very diverse album, not sticking to any particular sound. The title track and A Hard Road are classics, Johnny Blade, Juniors Eyes and Shockwave are all worth listening to and Air Dance starts with the most amazing riff then becomes something completely different. The whole album has a strange dark and sinister sound to it, but in a different way from the first album. Even though the music is good, you can almost hear the tension in the band.
For me though, the album falls of the wagon for the last three tracks and leaves me thinking would this have made a better EP?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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this one was alot better than "technical estascy" imo. Songs like 'johnny blade' . 'over to you' are interesting hard rockers, few songs here though are that classic sabbath sound. I still like this alot though, it's a solid rocker by any standards. After this one ozzy got fired for his heavy drinking. (not drugs). There is a great dvd of a concert from this era that is available too. "never say die' is the best song on here and it foreshadows the greatness of the two dio releases that were coming up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So pleased other people like it! 18 July 2012
By Smithy
Format:Audio CD
This has always been one of my favourite albums - not just by Black Sabbath but by anyone. I've always been surprised at the way it's been criticised by the band and by reviewers. I thought I must be mad - so it's great to see that other reviewers like it too. It's full of fantastic musical ideas and great riffs, quite close to prog rock at times. And my favourite song on the album doesn't have Ozzy on it - it's Bill Ward singing 'Swinging the chain.'
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The eighth, and last, album from the classic Sabbath line up Osbourne, Iommi, Ward and Butler is a sad affair. Osbourne quit the band before recording, and was lured back somehow to make the album. The band was in sharp decline by now, with tensions between the members and substance abuse affecting the music, and a rather anodyne affair results.

Following a little from `Technical Ecstasy', in which a lighter tone and a wider musical palette was employed, this is another album that feels overproduced and unspontaneous. All concerned seem quite uninvolved, and the band no longer works as a solid cohesive unit as they once did. Osbourne in particular sounds like he just phoned his contribution in.

The worst of the classic line up releases, and a sad whimper for such a mighty band to go out with Never Say Die: Black Sabbath - The end of a hard road
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CIVIL JUDGE 23 Aug 2009
By D. youd
Format:Audio CD
I had given up on sabbath at this time.
I enjoyed technical ecstacy as my mum liked "It's Alright" which meant I could play balck sabbath in the car.

So at a party a year on someone said listen to this.

I did not know what the album was or who by.

I loved the Jazz, Rock, Metal, well everything really, It took me 20 years to understand sandinista by the clash but this album blew me away straight away because it just tried everything and mostly worked.

Is it better than black sabbath, masters of reality, paranoid, IV ( how could it be)? BUT if this was a fresh album you had heard in the days when you could only hear a new band live as a support band they would still kick arse.

The most experimental sabbath album, if they could have kept it together the music would have evolved into the wonderful world the clash reached by accepting other musical forms and moulding it to suit them. I really believe Sabbath tried fusing musical styles & would have become the most innovative band ever, Technical Ecstacy & never say die are as close as we'll get.

These two albums should really be looked upon as seperate to the sabbath ( doom metal ) series as heaven & hell & mob rules Were just sabbath getting back to sabbath, Extremely well as it happens but a shame no one ever followed Metal mixed with Jazz, and any other style you could mention to this day and a band who did not get on produced these 2 out of place albums Which I believe may outlive the classics ( who knows)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 days ago by Virgilijus
4.0 out of 5 stars All things shall pass
In spite of many problems recording the album, not least of it the intoxication of the band, there is still some Sabbath magic to be had. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pipehugger
4.0 out of 5 stars Never say die
I brought this originally as a vinyl album and through the years have enjoyed listening to the music, not as good as Paranoid, but a worth listening to if you haven't got it.
Published 4 months ago by rightknee1
3.0 out of 5 stars Luv sab
Had this on vynl many decades ago great to hear it again have almost all San studio stuff on cd now
Published 7 months ago by Jp
3.0 out of 5 stars Hit & Miss
This somewhat unfairly maligned offering is often dismissed as little more than the last gasp of the MK1 line-up. It's obviously the work of a disintegrating - and disinterested? Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lloyd Hollingworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I am a true Black Sabbath fan and I love this album! It is well worth the money in my opinion!
Published 13 months ago by GarethEvs3
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - give it time
The first Black Sabbath album I ever heard back in 1979. I was unaware of the band problems and had heard none of their other stuff, so really heard it on its own terms. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Hope I get old before I die
3.0 out of 5 stars Sabbath confused and confusing
Ozzy has described this album as a 'disgrace' - i think thats a bit strong. This is the final album from this great bands history, and like all others before it, it took on its own... Read more
Published 14 months ago by the lone voice of reason
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album
I've been a Sabbath fan for years, and have seen Ozzy before but never had this album before. Booked to see them in December (2013) and thought I'd better "cram" in... Read more
Published 14 months ago by R Sutton
5.0 out of 5 stars What Sabbath Always Claimed To Be
This album is much better than many people make out. YES its very different its not Doom Metal like Paranoid or Heavy Metal like Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jordan119
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