8 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Unlike their previous album—Sabotage, which was packed with songs that lived up to Black Sabbath’s horror-movie name and origin—Technical Ecstasy softened the band’s sound considerably. Keyboards and synthesizers were brought prominently up in the mix, and the songs sounded closer to mainstream hard rock than the trademark Sabbath sound. Sections of “You Won’t Change Me” feature guitar riffs in sync with the band’s "dark" image, but most of the album is unlike anything the band had previously tried. Perhaps it was partly due to recording in beautiful Miami—but from the sweet, shuffling ballad “It’s Alright” (featuring drummer Bill Ward on lead vocals) to the upbeat rhythmic churning of “Back Street Kids” and the AOR guitar-keys mix of “Gypsy” and “Rock ’n’ Roll Doctor” (highlighting the inclusion of touring keyboardist Gerald Woodruffe), Technical Ecstasy is a sign of the times. Heavy metal and its audience’s taste were changing. The aforementioned songs all rock; they're just not what anyone expected from Black Sabbath.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Unlike their previous album—Sabotage, which was packed with songs that lived up to Black Sabbath’s horror-movie name and origin—Technical Ecstasy softened the band’s sound considerably. Keyboards and synthesizers were brought prominently up in the mix, and the songs sounded closer to mainstream hard rock than the trademark Sabbath sound. Sections of “You Won’t Change Me” feature guitar riffs in sync with the band’s "dark" image, but most of the album is unlike anything the band had previously tried. Perhaps it was partly due to recording in beautiful Miami—but from the sweet, shuffling ballad “It’s Alright” (featuring drummer Bill Ward on lead vocals) to the upbeat rhythmic churning of “Back Street Kids” and the AOR guitar-keys mix of “Gypsy” and “Rock ’n’ Roll Doctor” (highlighting the inclusion of touring keyboardist Gerald Woodruffe), Technical Ecstasy is a sign of the times. Heavy metal and its audience’s taste were changing. The aforementioned songs all rock; they're just not what anyone expected from Black Sabbath.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
80 Ratings

80 Ratings

A hidden gem ,

MendozaBryantArmando

This album is such a underrated album different from all the albums before witch makes it so perfect with gypsy,you won't change me,dirty women, and my all time favorite the heaviest song yet She's Gone

Raymn1 ,

i was there

saw Sabbath on this tour with Boston as opening act... in Cleveland ... Rock and Roll Capital of the world and my first concert as a teenager... Gypsy is worth the price of the album

RiffRawker ,

the power of the riff compels me

Agree with most, not quite as good as the first 5, but still great, a A minus effort from Sabbath is still better than the very best of the rest... RAWK ON

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