Black Sabbath Album: “Technical Ecstasy”
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Genre:Rock, Classic Rock, Hard Rock
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
- Sabbath in transition
This is a transition album for Black Sabbath, between the brilliant album Sabotage and the more mainstream metal album Never Say Die (which is a great album too). Ozzy's lyrics take negativity to a personal level more so in this album, and you sense that he was having major personal issues in 1976. There are some great songs on this album, but like I said, if you are a positive thinker you won't appreciate this album. The funniest part about this album is the pairing up of two songs next to each other She's Gone, and Dirty Women. As in..."my fiancee left me, so I'm gonna get a street girl tonight". Funny!
Customer review - January 15, 2000
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
- Forgotten, but fantastic. Go see the Rock n' Roll doctor NOW
Sabbath was unravelling. They made an album full of angry humor, dark images of reality -- something Sabbath had avoided since it's inception. Almost an underground kind of album for one of the biggest bands in the world; an inverted magnum opus of sorts, with the same kind of disjointed brilliance as something like The White Album. I'd love to see a two-disc set of this with demos, outtakes, rejects, maybe some tape of a drunken Ozzy and Geezer shouting at each other. This is not in the same class of influence as the 70-74 stuff (a lot of it isn't even metal), TE nonetheless deserves very high marks on a number of levels: musical experimentation, letting the drummer sing (Beatles style no less! And it charted in England! Ha ha ha), the artwork (fully restored here). With Hugh Gilmour's typically excellent liner notes and a very sharp remastering job, the Castle remaster is the Technical Ecstacy to get.
J. Hill (South Charleston, WV) - July 21, 2009
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
- Classic Sabbath, No Matter What People Say
I see a lot of positive reviews, but also quite a few mixed ones for this album. This was the last Sabbath with Ozzy album that I checked out because I'd heard bad things about it for years, but when I finally got it I was very pleasantly surprised. This album fits perfectly with Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and Sabotage, forming a trio similar to the way the first three albums fit together, but with more of a 70's rock influence than the earlier, Cream-inspired efforts. Seriously, the vocals, the song styles, the use of keyboards; this album belongs right alongside SBS and Sabotage in every way. It boasts a few songs that are as good as any in Sabbath's catalog, like Back Steet Kids, You Won't Change Me, Gypsy, and Dirty Women. Back Street Kids especially; this song gets knocked for its lyrics (which aren't even that bad), but it boasts a great main riff with a guitar sound similar to Paranoid. Ozzy's vocals and Iommi's lead playing on this release are easily on par with the two preceding albums, both of which for some reason get better reviews than Technical Ecstasy.
Of the other songs, I love She's Gone, a ballad that I prefer to Vol. 4's Changes. All Moving Parts Stand Still is some awesome Sabbath, with guitar parts that again sound similar to Paranoid. Rock N' Roll Doctor gets knocked as a weak song, but I love it anyway. It has a great headbanging main riff and chorus, with barely veiled lyrics about a drug dealer (reminiscent of the obvious lyrics in Sweet Leaf). That only leaves It's Alright, which sounds kinda like The Beatles, until Tony's leads in the middle, which are great. Overall, I think this album is highly undervalued. C'mon people, it's one of the eight Sabbath albums with the classic line-up, all of which are unique and genius in their own way. Give credit where credit is due.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful:
- MK I Sabbath's often disrespected gem
This album is the recipient of many potshots by fans of the earlier records. I think many Sabbath fans who rough this record up are unfair to it. The "big" reason as I see it is:
Its a depature and an attempt to artistically branch out. Some Sabbath fans don't like change. The lumbering doom laden chords are what many Sabbath fans want album upon album. For this record it changes. The darkness is replaced by more straight ahead classic rock attitudes (Rock N Roll Doctor, Back Street Kids). I for one, find this record probably thier best in terms of artist growth. I appreciate the older records, but this one sticks with me on some level.
I find "She's Gone" to be probably Ozzy's most brillant vocal performance of the 70s. I didn't think he could sing like that. Conveying sadness, morose and lonliness isn't Ozzy's tradmark. Its great. Again, not usual Sabbath fodder, but great nonetheless.
Other greats here Back Street Kids, Dirty Women, All Moving Parts Stand Still and You Won't Change Me.
Only the Bill Ward vocal on "It's Alright" loses steam.
The album flows superbly and for what it is its fantastic. Black Sabbath branching out, trying new things while keeping the material top notch. It would've been interesting to see this direction maintained. Sadly, Never Say Die the MK I swansong suffers from mix problems and just isn't on par with this record.
In the end, open minded Sabbath fans will find this one a departure. Not a bad departure, but a departure nonetheless. All artists have to expand and grow - This is Sabbath doing exactly that.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
- Underrated to Say the Least
It's easy to review the first five Sabbath albums. They're all great. I put Sabotage in the category with the first four classics. I know that many don't. It's not that Sabbath lost their talent for making great music, they simply wanted to make some changes and try new things. You can track that desire back to Tony Iommi.
By the time TE came out, Ozzy had one foot out the door. This was an opportunity to move away from songs about drugs, war, and darkness to a more metaphorical use of lyrics. This album came out in 1976. Think of where hard rock was at the time. Disco ruled and bands like Sabbath, Aerosmith, and Purple were trying to tread water, while bands like Kiss had great success because of their theatrics.
The songs on TE are much better than what was around at the time, and still have meaning and relevancy today. Songs like "All Moving Parts" really hit home even today. Let's not forget that one of Iommi's greatest riffs is used on "Dirty Women;" a song still played anytime the original Sabs get together. If you've never bothered to listen to TE because of "what you've heard" do yourself a favor and pick it up. While you're at it get "Never Say Die!" too.