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5.0 out of 5 stars Sabbath's Career Gets Bizarre!
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...
Published on 11 Jun 2007 by Ed

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting album, horrible production.
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...
Published on 5 Oct 2009 by ken shabby


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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Underrated, 25 May 2004
This review is from: Born Again (Audio CD)
Most people are turned off on Born Again by one or more of:
1. the infamous "Stonehenge" tour.
2. the terrible cover art.
3. Ian Gillan.
However, this is far from a bad album. Granted, it's no "Master Of Reality" or "Heaven And Hell". But with songs like "Zero the Hero" and "Digital Bitch" (either of which, if it had come from some previously unknown act and not from Sabbath, would have been considered a piece de resistance!) it IS worth a listen. Just make sure you close your eyes when you take it out of the packaging!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Born or still to be born?, 27 Nov 2009
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Santi "rss" (Italy) - See all my reviews
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when it was released, this album was referred to have poor sonorities, afterwards it was a good commercial success.
Here Ian Gillan sings for the first and only one time with the Black Sabbath: I love him, he is one of the top rock singer ever and his performance is very good, but imho in this album you feel something do not fit.
I like Black Sabbath very much (at the same grade with Led Zep, Deep Purple, AC DC, Iron Maiden , Uriah Heep, Pink Floyd and The Who), and one cannot say the band have not tried to make its best, but I do not know... just this album simply do not work, and not a track is stored in my mp3 nor in my own made cds...
The cd (and the lp as well...) has been stored in the music shelf since the purchase and a pair of listenings, and there it sleeps quietly...
Beyond all, "my" Black Sabbath stops within "Mob Rules" album...

Do not buy "Born Again"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Buying., 9 Dec 2011
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I must say, despite what people may say about the recording of this album, it isn't very dyer but bad enough. Yeah it is compressed and lacking in dynamics and treble, but it has a chunky meaty sound and Geezers bass really shines through.You can hear him play every note. It is worth buying coz it's the only album with Gillan and he has influenced this album and a couple of tracks do sound like Deep Purple. The second CD contains some live tracks recorded from the Friday Rock Show in 1983. There is also a couple of bonus studio track called Fallen,a good track even if Gillan's voice is
over- powering and an extended version of Stonehenge - I can see why they cut it down.
I have heard other demo songs that should have been put onto this album that are slightly different to the originals, Just to give a little bit more of an insight into the group and album.
I just hope one day, they get the original master tapes and make a proper go of this. But I bet the original is just as bad.
I've heard bootlegs better than this and keeping your Black Sabbath Collection together. Get them all - I am.

Anyway - It's still worth buying and making your ears bleed.

Tony
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2.0 out of 5 stars Defaced cover artwork and misleading advertising, 19 Sep 2008
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Pedro Corbett (Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL) - See all my reviews
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Like all Black Sabbath and Uriah Heep remasters released by Castle between 1996 and 1998, this 1983 masterpiece featured a sticker on the front which stated "faithfully restored artwork". Unfortunately, the cover artwork on these releases was in most cases very badly reproduced, with grainy printing and wrong colors. In "Born Again", the purpleish background was printed as a far lighter shade of blue, completely different to the original LP artwork. I've always considered the cover artwork as much a part of an album as its musical content, so I can only rate this release as an unacceptable insult to the band and their fans.
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1.0 out of 5 stars zoverstock twats, 10 July 2014
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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 are like: twats, the cd weren't alot of money so I can't be bothered chasing em about it, but I won't get nothing else from them
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's the one with Ian Gillan singing, 1 Feb 2005
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Geoffrey Saunders "weegie27" (Buckinghamshire, England) - See all my reviews
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Yes, that Ian Gillan, ex of Deep Purple. Although slated when it came out, it's not as bad as you might have heard....but then again it's not as good as earlier Sabs albums either.
Still, we have the usual Sabs wall of sound on "Nero The Zero", the exceptional "Disturbing The Priest" and the epic title track. A couple of tracks lean towards Purple territory, "Keep It Warm" and "Digital Bitch", Ian even throws in a boogie/stomp song, the great "Hot Line". Not too bad, really.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EX-JESUS DECIMATES THE SABBATH !!!, 27 July 2011
This review is from: Born Again (Audio CD)
This Black Sabbath album 'Born Again' is very heavy, one of the heaviest ! Ian Gillan(the original Jesus(secular-John.19;41-empty tomb before the resurection being the final song) Christ Superstar) joined after his own band GILLAN colapsed in 1982, although Gillan was voted No.1 Vocalist of the Year in Kerrang! Tracks like 'Desturbing The Priest', 'Zero The Hero', 'Trashed', 'Digital Bitch' are utterly awesome ! Bonus material is the live performance from the Reading Festival 1983, that Black Sabbath headlined with Gillan on vocals and also Bev Bevan(ex-ELO) on drums. Plus Tony Iommi(a guitarist I've always liked) and Geezer Butler on bass. They even did a version of 'Smoke On The Water', the Deep Purple classic ! Originally this album made No.4 in the UK charts, which is the joint 2nd highest chart placing for a Black Sabbath album in the UK. After which they never made it back into the UK Top 10. The cover it's self Gillan hated ! Aparently he was sent a box of them and smashed them all ! Immediately after the 'Born Again' album, Gillan joined the Deep Purple re-union. This Black Sabbath line-up had lasted 9 months ! But did manage to tour with a huge replica of Stonehenge, 26' tall, on a stage 60' wide and 40' deep, with 6' drum riser !!! AND(!) 12 tons of sound equipment, 30,000 watts of power, 900 bulbs for lighting !!! With 28 road crew taking 13 hours to set up and take down the stage set !!! Perfect StrangersSeventh Star (Deluxe Edition)
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear., 20 Dec 2010
This review is from: Born Again (Audio CD)
I happened to witness this Sabbath tour..and..oh dear. Gillan in Sabbath sorry for me it doesn't work. High point if there was one me sniggering as as Gillan intruduced from stage "This one's called disturbing the priest" oh dear.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Born Again, 7 April 2011
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If you can get past the abysmal production and almost unlistenable mix there just might be a decent album hidden somewhere here. I love Sabbath and own pretty much everything they have released. However, this is not good.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sabbath is not Sabbath without Ozzy, 12 Jan 2001
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No matter how I try I cannot listen to Sabbath without Ozzy.This album is not of Sabbath genre. 'Never say die'does not apply to Sabbath anymore.Without the distinct vocals of ozzy todays Black Sabbath will not get far.Ian Gillan is back where he belongs,with another GREAT band,DEEP PURPLE. Come home ozzy!!!!!!!
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