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Remaster is fantastic
on 30 August 2012
Never Say Die is the only Black Sabbath album i was denied a full seated attentive listen! And the reason was i was always met with a tirade (ZZZzzzz) of people who slagged it and said it doesn't hold up to their others namely Paranoid, Master Of Reality, Heaven And Hell and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, so i never bothered until now. Ok, i have all those records on vinyl and i agree they are undeniable classics that show the band at the peak of their powers, but hey, give NSD a chance and you will be surprised!
From opener title track they blast away with punk like speed and deliver their second hit single and another appearance on TOTP, and its a catchy tune played with heartfelt conviction. Even Ozzy's voice is splendid throughout although he has bitter memories of this period. Reading Bill Ward and Tony Iommi's sleeve notes and you will hear the full story and even Bill concedes there were magical moments on this album that was unique, particularly the brilliant Junior's Eyes.
My faves are Air Dance and Breakout where they really experimented with jazz phrasings and incorporated them into their metal. Don Airey of Rainbow fame does an amazing job and his classy flurries across the ivory really lift this album along with the barmy brass sections here. Elsewhere there's classic metal like Over To You which is just so sublime with Geezers bass coming to the fore as Ozzy sings his heart out here. Hard Road also is another total metal track with its bouncy riff and catchy singalong mid section. They also made TOTP with this single.
Some bloody amazing drumming from Ward too adds to the intensity.
Johnny Blade is another total heavy metal belter and some lovely tidy solos from maestro Toni Iommi, sprinkled throughout the record.
It comes in a tidy gatefold with an illustrated booklet and band notes. The remastered sound is superb, i played it on both my nano and HIFI. Get it and listen to what you been missing.