What does it sound like?:
The year 1976 saw the coming of the band’s seventh studio album, recorded in the US at a time when the band members were, once more, dealing with various addictions. To me, this is a rather confused album, with the band losing direction and seemingly caught between several stools – did they want to be a heavy metal band, a straight ahead rock band or even, dare I say it, a punk band! With hindsight, perhaps the best course would have been to concentrate simply on what makes Sabbath essentially Sabbath, rather than slathering washes of keyboards over every song to very little positive effect. There isn’t really a stone cold classic riff to be found on this album, here in both remastered and remixed form, the latter being presided over by, need I say, Steven Wilson. Rock n Roll Doctor and Gypsy are the strongest of a pretty mixed bag of material, and it also features drummer Bill Ward’s only lead vocal. There’s a selection of outtakes and alternate mixes, again mixed by Wilson, giving effectively an alternative version of the album, with the exception of Ward’s song, for which presumably the tapes » Continue Reading.