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Technical Ecstacy Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (30 Mar. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B00022TPUC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,054 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Xodiak on 29 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
This album has often attracted luke warm reviews but I think it is marked down just because it is not as raw as Sabbath's early albums. I actually love it and am writing this (my very first Amazon review) to defend it and urge you to give it a chance.

Iommi's guitar sound on this album is awesome. Ozzy's vocals are as emotional as ever and match the newer Sabbath sound perfectly. There are some fantastic songs too, You Won't Change Me, Gypsy and Dirty Women particularly. She's Gone and Rock N Roll Doctor provide a bit of variety and are also excellent. If you haven't heard this album, buy a remastered version and give it a chance.

I've been playing all the Ozzy era Sabbath albums for more than 25 years and I'd personally rate Technical Ecstasy in my top 3. Finally, you ought to do yourself a favour and also buy Sabotage. Their finest offering which again does not always get the recognition it should.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
From the general perception of this album thru other reviewers,ratings in anthologies,music magazines etc you would be forgiven for thinking this album is a complete turkey.You couldnt be further from the truth,this is a fantastic album,hampered i must say by a lethargic production that for the most part muffles the rythmn section in comparison to earlier albums.

However once you put your predjudices away and give this a chance you'll be pleasantly surprised,opening with a traditional rocker 'Back Street Kids' the band rock your world as normal and repeat the trick later with the excellent 'Rock N Roll Docter' (is that riff the inspiration for Saxon's Wheels of Steel? i wonder),we also have the traditional paranoia/sinister lyrics of 'You Wont Change me' a superb piece which always makes me think of Floyd with the fade in,while 'All Moving Parts Stand Still' is a lost classic,one of the few tracks were Butlers funky Bass is to the fore ,the highlight of the disc for most is the stunning 'Dirty Women' with Iommi's Guitar sounding fantastic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Steven Edwards on 27 Nov. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I first owned this album at the age of 13 on vinyl back in 1983. Back then i played all the early Sabbath albums to death but only give this album a couple of listens. I was too young to understand what a classic album it really is and didn't discover it properly until i bought it on the 96 remastered disc. I bought all the albums on these reissues as they were and still are my favorite band. I put them in my Cd player in order of release necking the beer and getting more merry as the sabbath years blasted into my happy head. When Sabotage finished it left me wanting more, more Sabbath and more beer, the two do go together very well, so do i start back from the rain, thunder and bell, or do i put Technical Ecstasy on, well i bought it so i may as well put it on once before it gathers dust. i put it in the player, okay it sounded different to the other albums but it sounded better than i remembered it. back street kids, you won't change me, gypsy and dirty women sounded really good. The rest of the album i still wasn't sure, but have since got into she's gone and all moving parts (stand still). It's alright and rock 'n' roll doctor i will never like but the rest of the album grew on me with time to the point were it is one of my most played Sabbath albums.
Give this album a chance, its a gem of an album and is there to be enjoyed. I'm sure you will love it if you open your mind. Putting it in that Cd player was one of the best things i ever did and i will be buying it yet again on this new release soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hellion on 24 Jan. 2013
Format: Audio CD
In the great canons of Metallic theory, Technical Ecstasy and Never Say Die receive a broadly harsh, critical dismissal.

If you put things into context, decades later, bearing in mind the evolution of the Sabbath sound as found on the eponymous title of the band's debut LP, through the staggering genius of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, these two offerings are far from a bridge too far into the hinterland of creation that existed before departures into both Sabbath Mark II and Oswald's hugely successful, solo career.

There was no question that Technical Ecstasy belongs in the fêted liturgy of the band's initial epoch as it ably demonstrated time changes and melodic segues that emphatically bore the trademark of the classic, Sabbath Beast, even between tracks, such as the fabulous Bill Ward vocal on 'It's Alright' before Oz chimes in with classical vim via 'Gypsy' in which his magnetic, spellbinding and unique style engages in a sort of roaring, soaring, Metal tango with Iommi's unmatched riffing.

All the while, Butler and Ward providing what many regard as Metal's definitive rhythm section: indeed, as it plays out, now and the slow, classic Sabbath plod into 'All Moving Parts' breaks, I'm thinking what on earth are/were the naysayers listening to?

The playing is as tight as anything before or since and the production is crisp enough (I believe Tony Iommi was more involved at the twiddling stages than hitherto.)

Maybe certain reviewers are/were so lost in the original impact of the first few albums that anything Sabbath subsequently conjured was always going to be panned? 'Rock 'N' Roll Doctor' has just kicked in and I'm totally hooked in and after several hundred thousand plays, I'm already gearing up for the majestic, closing brace of tracks.
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