Born Again

Born Again

by Black SabbathBlack Sabbath


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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."

Product Details

Release Date: 12/22/2005
Label: Sanctuary Uk
UPC: 5050749207524
catalogNumber: 75

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Black Sabbath   Primary Artist
Ian Gillan   Vocals
Geezer Butler   Bass
Tony Iommi   Flute,Guitar,Guitar Effects
Geoff Nicholls   Keyboards
Bill Ward   Percussion,Drums,Vocals

Technical Credits

Black 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

Customer Reviews

Born Again 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
hem1972 More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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...
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.