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Never Say Die

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  • Audio CD (March 21 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002KIK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
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1. Never Say Die
2. Johnny Blade
3. Junior's Eyes
4. A Hard Road
5. Shock Wave
6. Air Dance
7. Over To You
8. Breakout
9. Swinging The Chain

Product Description

After a brief departure, Ozzy returned and Sabbath shot back up the charts; this LP hit the U.S. charts in '78 and produced two UK Top 40s, Never Say Die and Hard Road !

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MR77100 on Feb. 14 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album is always criticised, and I can't figure out why. True, it may not be as powerful as PARANOID or MASTER OF REALITY, but this album is better then the one that preceded it, TECHNICAL ECSTACY. NEVER SAY DIE has to be Sabbath's mnost rock-oriented album. The catchy title track gets you on your feet before the bizarre "Johnny Blade" brings the listener into a mellow state. "Junior's Eyes" is my favorite song on the album. It is a catchy rocker that just gets you pumped up. "Hard Road" isn't bad, and "Air Dance" is by far the most interesting song on the album. I must note that during the making of this album, Ozzy left, and Dave Walker, from the original Fleetwood Mac, joined for a few months. They did not record, but made one live performace, and worked on "Junior's Eyes," which there exists a rare recording of. Ozzy returned and got rid of all the Walker material and helped finsish the album. He would be fired from the band in early 1979, and be replaced with Ronnie James Dio.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Schneider on April 27 2004
Format: Audio CD
As everyone navigating to this page knows, NEVER SAY DIE! (1978) was the last album Black Sabbath did with Ozzy Osbourne as their lead singer. Ozzy, who was rife with drug/alcohol abuse, had quit the band after recording the subpar TECHNICAL ECSTASY (1976). He formed a new band called The Blizzard Of Oz, which was basically a glorified solo project; however, after not being able to secure a record deal, this project soon fizzled. Ozzy then decided to return to Black Sabbath in early 1978 to record what would be his swansong with the group.
NEVER SAY DIE! begins with the under-four-minute title song as the album opener. Aside from being their first title song in five years (since "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" from the album of the same name in 1973), it was easily their best album opener in three years (since "Hole In The Sky" from SABOTAGE in 1975). An old-fashioned rock'n'roll stomper with the amps turned all the way up to 11 (sorry, couldn't resist the old Spinal Tap joke), it is impossible for any true Black Sabbath fan to not love it. Musically, all four bandmembers are in fine form. Ozzy's high-pitched delivery makes a fine contrast to the deep-chord crunch of Tony Iommi, who delivers one killer guitar solo towards the end. Bill Ward & Tony "Geezer" Butler make a fine rhythm section on this song. Lyrically, "Never Say Die" is probably the most positive song they ever did! Despite this confident beginning, the album soon gives way to the same kind of unfocused malaise that marred their previous album.
"Johnny Blade" begins with a weird-but-interesting keyboard solo from guest Don Airey (who would go on to become Ozzy Osbourne's keyboardist on his first four solo albums).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phil on April 14 2004
Format: Audio CD
MY OPINION-This being Ozzy's final album with the Sabs, it's no wonder that they went out with a bang. This album is singlehandedly one of the MOST underrated albums in history. On to the review.
1.Never Say Die-one of Sabbath's best. Really catchy. 10/10
2.Johnny Blade-cool song. Sorta jazzy. 9/10
3.Junior's Eyes-my favorite song on the album. About the death of Ozzy's father 10/10
4.A Hard Road-great song. All that needs to be said. 10/10
5.Shock Wave-one of the coolest guitar intros I've ever heard. Great song as well. 10/10
6.Air Dance-weird but still ok. 8/10
7.Over To You-only song on here I really don't like. 7/10
8.Breakout-jazzy instrumental. Leads up to Swingin the Chain. 9/10
9.Swinging the Chain-Bill Ward sings on this song and does a really good job. One of the best songs on here. 10/10
BOTTOM LINE-This is a VERY underrated album, and definately worth the money. This is probably one of Sabbath's best albums. They original's certainly went out with a bang.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Turd Ferguson on July 8 2004
Format: Audio CD
Ah Never Say Die. Most fans despise it. Personally I love it. As an album, it shows a band moving in new directions. It really moved me unlike their previous two efforts Sabotage and Technical Ecstasy which had their moments of genius but were bogged down by some horrible material. Now onto Never Say Die.
This album shows Sabbath stretching and changing, playing different forms of music better than Ecstasy. The album starts off with an excellent punk rock esque rocker, the title track Never Say Die. It moves and shows a band full of optimism in full form. I really wish they still played this song live. Next you are hit with the synth intro to Johnny Blade. The song is a hardcore rocker that clocks in at around seven minutes and basically turns into a guitar solo jam. Out of nowhere you are then hit by the old school blues bass line of Junior's Eyes, a song about Ozzys father which is simply old fashioned blues. Then the hippiness of A Hard Road hits. It is a totally optimistic hippie esque song that has the famous line "why take the hard road/Why can't we be friends/No need to worry/We'll meet in the end" which is the story of the band at this time in a nutshell. then comes shock wave, another rocker which is followed by the curve ball that is Air Dance. The song with its jazz influences ever present is a generally good song that I get a kick out of when making friends listen to it because no one believes its black sabbath until i take the cd out and have them see the disc. Anyway, this is followed by Over to You, another rocker (sensing a pattern) This is followed by the instrumental Breakout which is filled with horns (a black sabbath oddity again) which serves as the intro to the Bill Ward sung Swinging The Chain.
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