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4.0 out of 5 stars
Bad reputation - undeserved, 18 May 2007
This album has always had bad reputation due to the press not linking the Sabbth/Purple collaboration, the spinal tap Stonehenge stunt, and the cover art. Personally I think the the Sabbath/Purple link is OK and Ians vocals actually suit the music very well (and afterall most Sabbath vocalists have some Purple link), the Stonehenge stuff is amusing looking back but yes the art work is awful. Having got past all the other stuff the songs are really good. Really very good. Good enough for other Les Paul toting guitar heroes to borrow from and have worldwide hits this.
Tony's guitar playing and his solo's especially are right up with his best work. I was turned onto Sabbath by the Ozzy era stuff and this has a special significance for me, but this I would rate as in the top three of non Ozzy era after the Dio albums Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules.