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Technical Ecstasy by Black Sabbath
Released: Sep 1976
Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
Sabbath's penultimate early-Ozzy album, from 1976, is both an oddball catalog outlier and a total downer, and its depression is disturbingly stripped of thud and throb -- the band sounds really worn out. They theoretically turn bluesier on a few cuts, notably cowbell-funked drug-pusher ode "Rock 'N' Roll Doctor." But not until lunk-headed closer "Dirty Women" does Tony Iommi manage a chewy riff, which eventually builds into him auditioning for Derek and the Dominoes. Their street punk ("Back Street Kids"), cathedral doom ("You Won't Change Me") and boogie ("Gypsy") have seen less sickly days.
Chuck Eddy
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