40 years ago

Posted: September 28, 2018 in Classic Rock, Deep Purple Family, General

40 years ago today, Black Sabbath released the eighth studio album “Never Say Die!”. It was a comeback of sorts, since it marked the return of Ozzy Osbourne to the ranks (whom had been replaced briefly by Dave Walker). Recorded in Toronto (Canada), it also featured Don Airey on keyboards. At the time I was very happy to see this record and I certainly enjoyed several songs, not least the splendid title track. In the end, it was to be the last Ozzy era album and after a tour that saw a young Van Halen opening for them it was all over for the original lineup. Ozzy was sent packing on April 27 1979 during rehearsals in Los Angeles. Not long after, Ronnie James Dio was in.

Come to think of it, this is the Ozzy era Sabbath album that I have listened to the most over the years. Must mean something.

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