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Metal Insider’s top five: Best and worst Black Sabbath albums

Posted by on March 31, 2014

3. Never Say Die (1978): Ozzy Osbourne had quit the band prior to the recording of Never Say Die, and when he decided to rejoin the band, he refused to sing all of the material that had been written without him. Bill Ward actually assumed vocal duties for the song “Swinging the Chain.” The album feels watered down, commercially motivated, and lacking any of the vigor that went into every other album. The one good song on the album is “ShockWaves,” but it’s hardly enough to justify the album as a whole. It was the last full-length Sabbath album to feature all four original members, and it was the last album to feature Ozzy Osbourne until he reunited with the band to record 13. We’ll get to that one in just a minute.

 

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