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Technical Ecstacy? it is for me.,
This review is from: Technical Ecstasy (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.
That just leaves 3 tracks which for most are the bone of contention,personally i like 'Gypsy' i dont see why it causes dissatisfaction amongst the hard core,it possibly a precuror to the future with the heaven n hell album,'She's Gone' is a stunning ballad and features a tortured,grief stricken performance by Ozzy and is the equal of any ballad recorded previously,although the irony of following such a heartfelt plea of lost love with a song about hookers was surely a touch of humour by the band,finally 'It alright' featuring Bill Ward on vocals a pretty decent track with some excellent Iommi guitar,all bands try different things,its a bit of fun, i cant praise this album enough,for me along with the 2 previous albums its the holy trinity of Sabbath(ozzy era) albums and one i cant get enough of.
5 stars ,despite the remaster not enhancing the original production,it basiscally highlights the original problem and is a tad sharp too much treble,apparently the 2009 remaster is worse,but the music is key,its excellent