Born Again

Label
Universal Music Ltd.
Release date
30 Mar 2009
Running length
9 tracks
Running time
41:00

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Trashed 4:15 41,873
2 Stonehenge 1:58 36,752
3 Disturbing the Priest 5:48 37,889
4 The Dark 0:45 34,326
5 Zero the Hero 7:36 40,129
6 Digital Bitch 3:38 36,190
7 Born Again 6:33 36,258
8 Hot Line 4:51 32,216
9 Keep It Warm 5:36 29,862

About this album

‘Born Again’ is Black Sabbath’s eleventh studio album, released in 1983. The album was recorded during the summer of 1983 at The Manor Studio in Shipton-on-Cherwell, Oxfordshire, England. A major criticism of the album is its production, which Iommi and Gillan have both said is abysmal. Gillan went as far as blaming Butler, who co-produced the album, for the awful sound quality. Former Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne said in a fall 1983 issue of Circus magazine (article: “Is Sabbath Turning Purple?”): “Born Again is the best thing I’ve heard from Sabbath since I left the band.”

The album cover, which featured the image of an infant with horns and vampire fangs, was designed by Steve Joule. He also handwrote the lyrics that appear on the inner sleeve. The deliberately lurid design was submitted by Joule in a vain attempt to be rejected from this design commission, as he was also retained on a lucrative contract by Ozzy Osbourne’s organisation for his sleeve designs. To Joule’s horror and surprise, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler approved the image for the album. Gillan and Ward were not present when the decision was made, though they later noted that they hated the finished cover. Gillan reportedly hated the cover so much, that he threw a box of 50 records out a window. Joule reports that he was drunk and high on speed when he drew the finalized designs for the album. The cover is hated by many fans, but also has a cult following (much as the album itself), most notably with Max Cavalera and Glen Benton both stating that it is their favorite album cover.

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  • towlesda

    Tracks 2-5 are all great, Zero the Hero is amazing, it would make my top 10 favorite Black Sabbath songs. Besides those though the rest of this album is really lacking (although I like Born Again"). Too bad a few more songs like Zero or Priest and this would be my favorite Sabbath record

    23 Mar 5:34pm Reply
  • black_gaze

    Definetely one of the best "non-Ozzy-era" BS albums, that cover is ankward but somewhat attractive. Raw power and strong Black Sabbath presence in every riff.

    24 Feb 11:21am Reply
  • MisterJunior

    This album fucking rules. It sounds like an album by a band called "Black Sabbath" should sound: dirty, filthy and mean. Many people are either unable or unwilling to allow themselves to enjoy post-Ozzy Sabbath, which is a shame because they made many great records after he left. Their work remained of a pretty consistently high quality until it become basically Iommi's solo project with different guest musicians every time out. Even some of those records have value. Anyway, this one kills. Crank it up and rock out.

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Phyllobius

    The production is worse than the cover. Still a decent album.

    18 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Denis-Vojd

    Underrated gem.The last album with 100% authentic Sabbath sound and the last really impressive Gillan's work. One of the best their albums IMHO

    25 Jul 2014 Reply
  • usuallee

    Production is terrible, though sounds better on the 2011 remaster. First song is fucking trash (take off the "ed"). Possible the worst Sabbath song ever. I simply can't listen to it. Album is definitely one of the worst Sabbath ever put out. "Zero the Hero" is really heavy and cool though.

    13 May 2014 Reply
  • denilson_lima

    I've read, many years ago, that during the recording of some tracks a speaker snaped and it was not perceived until the work was finished. That's why some tracks sound a bit muffled.

    28 Mar 2014 Reply
  • DonMatt447

    How any true fan of metal can't get into tracks like "Disturbing the Priest" and "Zero the Hero" is totally beyond me. [2]

    14 Mar 2014 Reply
  • DaiTheFlu_

    Very good album. I think nowadays it wouldn't be that critized like back then. The cover could be better but that doesn't count regarding the music^

    28 Jan 2014 Reply
  • hanshan85

    Simply one of Sabbath's best. Striking if silly cover, raw production, great riffs and over the top vocals.

    6 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Marcioocosta

    Esse álbum é ótimo, foda-se a crítica!!! I even like the cover. [3]

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Porculus

    It's a great album, I don't know why it has been so much criticized. Sure the cover is stupid, but that doesn't matter. The sound? I think it's the best it could be for 1983.

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • TheAgainAnimal

    Powerful as fuck, sometimes I feel like this is Sabbath's best album despite its unevenness. Gillan's chilling screams actually make me laugh due to their awesomeness... As for the "controversial" production, I think the 2011 remaster sounds pretty decent, great punch in the mids and not as screechy as some of the other CD-releases.

    30 Nov 2013 Reply
  • GtHeRocker

    Epic!

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • sylviakaroline

    This album is fucking awesome, I do not understand why people do not enjoy so much. For me is in the top 5 for sure.

    28 Aug 2013 Reply
  • okieeagle

    The arrangements were exceptional but the production was pretty bad. Still, it gives it a gritty somewhat grunge feel.

    1 Aug 2013 Reply
  • sleepyheadtM

    this is the worst album art in the history of earth

    21 Jul 2013 Reply
  • stargazer916

    killer album

    17 Jul 2013 Reply
  • VicBanger

    I even like the cover. [2]

    24 May 2013 Reply
  • VicBanger

    Provavelmente o mais injustiçado álbum do Sabbath. This is very good!

    24 May 2013 Reply
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