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Never Say Die
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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|
|9. Swinging The Chain|
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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There are many who suggest that decline continued with Never Say Die clearly reflecting a band that was in disarray.
These people must hear something I don't.
Because what I hear on Never Say Die is a band trying to expand its musical horizons a little and producing one of its most adventurous efforts ever.
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).Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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These older albums are hard to find but Amazon makes it easy to get those rare ones that you want.Published on March 4 2014 by robert hartl
This album (CD) rocks of course it is different from the early stuff and that is why it is good.It still rocks, it's experimental and the songs create a different feel through out... Read morePublished on May 22 2012 by Galatains 5:1 walk free!
When you look back at the Black Sabbath recordings there are some albums that are looked at as being better than others and some that seem a little odd and out of place. Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2011 by T. Skylar