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It sure looked good on paper, but when former Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan joined Black Sabbath for 1983's dreadful Born Again, the grim reality was that Gillan's bluesy style and humorous lyrics were completely incompatible with the lords of doom and gloom. Widely regarded as the band's creative nadir, Born Again also featured one of the worst covers ever (it's been voted), and the subsequent world tour was so troubled (the band's Stonehenge stage set didn't fit inside most venues) that it would serve as inspiration for the ultimate rock & roll spoof movie, This Is Spinal Tap. The equally atrocious "production" leaves one with the distinct impression that in a misguided attempt to record the heaviest album ever, Black Sabbath instead wound up with the muddiest. A decent melody can almost be heard somewhere underneath the mess that passes for the title track, but nothing can save utter flops such as "Disturbing the Priest," "Digital Bitch," and "Zero the Hero." In fact, the band only pulls it together for four brilliant minutes on the excellent "Trashed."
Performance CreditsBlack Sabbath Primary Artist
Ian Gillan Vocals
Geezer Butler Bass
Tony Iommi Flute,Guitar,Guitar Effects
Geoff Nicholls Keyboards
Bill Ward Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Technical CreditsBlack Sabbath Producer
Ian Gillan Composer
Robin Black Producer,Engineer
Geezer Butler Composer,Bass Effect Treatment
Stephen Chase Engineer
Tony Iommi Composer
Bill Ward Composer
Hugh Gilmour Liner Notes,Reissue Design,Original Sleeve Design
Steve Joule Artwork,Cover Design
Peter Restey Equipment Technician
Born Again based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
This album will turn your hell to heaven as I believe that heaven or hell is just the state of mind anyway. Iommi's demon guitar playing and Gillan wicked vocals will free your soul from sanctuary, for you will be born again, metaphorically speaking!
Ever since I heard this album as a youngster back in 1984, I was completely blown away. This album has remained my favorite Sabbath album (with no disrespect to the great Ozz, of course). The supposed ''lack of production quality'' has no bearing, and all songs range from plain solid (''Hot Line'', ''Zero the Hero'') to exceptional (''Trashed'', ''Born Again'', ''Disturbing the Priest''). This is dark, heavy music at its finest, and should be played at maximum volume ONLY. Ian Gillen fit in perfectly in my estimation. Mood is built so well on this album, especially between tracks 2 and 5, with both ''Disturbing the Priest'' and ''Zero the Hero'' benefitting from creepy preludes. One can HEAR the tension before the band exploded into ''Disturbing'' (the sound of the heartbeat was used to great effect). Maybe my love of this album is sentimental, as it served as a launching pad for my exploration of heavy rock music during my formulative years. To this day, even after hearing this album a countless number of times, I can still play it and a big smile comes instantly to my face. I consider this a classic, regardless of its lack of commercial success, or mainstream appeal. This is a ''diamond-in-the-rough''. Any music fan knows that great albums can lay ''hidden'' from the public, and this is a perfect example. Take one listen to the sheer firepower of such tracks as ''Trashed'' and ''Digital B**ch'', and you'll be convinced. Treat yourself to this treasure- you'll be glad you did...
Well, underrated album. These tracks are very rock. There is no weak tracks. Almost all of them are fast except from "Born AGAin" and "Keep it warm" which are good samples from Ian Gillian's voice.
This album gets a lot of unfair criticism for no good reason . I agree , the production is bad, but the tracks are solid metal. The best song here, in my opinion, is Disturbing the Priest, but other numbers shouldnt be overlooked too. Zero the Hero boasts an awesome heavy riff (not the verse one) while Born Again is a slow eerie track with a great chorus. This is one of my favourite Sabbath recordings.