Never Say Die!

Label
Universal Music Division Mercury
Release date
30 Mar 2009
Running length
9 tracks
Running time
45:44

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Never Say Die 3:49 160,159
2 Johnny Blade 6:28 54,522
3 Junior's Eyes 6:43 53,081
4 A Hard Road 6:06 46,198
5 Shock Wave 5:16 54,169
6 Air Dance 5:18 55,218
7 Over to You 5:24 50,139
8 Breakout 2:35 39,282
9 Swinging the Chain 4:05 46,637

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Never Say Die! is the eighth studio album by British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in September 1978. It is the last Sabbath studio album with Ozzy Osbourne as the band’s lead singer.



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Before this album was recorded, Ozzy Osbourne quit the band and was briefly replaced by former Savoy Brown and Fleetwood Mac vocalist Dave Walker. Some songs were written with Walker, and the new group even performed an early version of “Junior’s Eyes” with different lyrics on the BBC programme, Look Hear. Osbourne eventually rejoined the band, refusing to sing any of the songs written with Walker. These particular songs were rewritten, including “Junior’s Eyes” (rewritten to be about the then-recent death of Ozzy’s father). All four band members sing on “A Hard Road”.

The album was recorded at Sounds Interchange Studios in Toronto, as were parts of Technical Ecstasy.

The sleeve was another by Hipgnosis and the US and UK releases differed slightly in the faint images seen in the sky. The inner-bag featured graphics in keeping with the sleeve and credits, but no lyrics.

In the UK the title-track, released well-ahead of the album and the band’s first UK picture-sleeve single, reached #21 in the chart and gave the band its first Top Of The Pops appearances since 1970.

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  • SpiderLabyrinth

    I always thought of this as the weakest Sabbath record with Ozzy but it's been growing on me heavily as of late. Even though it's probably the most un-Sabbath-like album in their discography, I appreciate the musical diversity. This and "Technical Ecstasy" deserve more love.

    22 Jun 1:16am Reply
  • usuallee

    this album is actually pretty good.[2]

    13 May 12:32pm Reply
  • DonMatt447

    To me, this whole album is a premonition of what Ozzy would later do as a solo artist. [3] Uma bosta

    21 Mar 3:31pm Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    this album is actually pretty good.

    19 Mar 10:22am Reply
  • Hetfield55

    pure magic on this sabbath master paiece!! just listened to it after about 15 years - and it blew me away. fantastic drums, bass, guitar work! ozzys vocals absolutely brilliant!

    15 Feb 9:52pm Reply
  • Thradar

    Ozzy said in regards to this album. "I think it's disgusting." Huh, I think it's quite good myself, Ozzy.

    26 Jan 5:04pm Reply
  • drvirtuozov

    9/10 [2]

    18 Jan 1:35pm Reply
  • beli3ver

    9/10

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Marsbergen

    Fuckin' amazing album.

    7 Jul 2013 Reply
  • mmmojo

    Still a better album than 13

    13 Jun 2013 Reply
  • donotcurseatme

    Definitely the worst of the albums made with the original lineup, but not terrible.

    7 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Hanesu

    Hmm. I used to hate this but I just listened to it for the first time in like five years and I have to say, It's actually pretty good.

    3 May 2013 Reply
  • Marsbergen

    Absolutely.

    28 Feb 2013 Reply
  • bjeggleston

    underrated fer sure

    14 Dec 2012 Reply
  • ericshep

    conflict brings thought and contemplation, this album proves heartache and pain breed growth and enlightenment.

    10 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Va_Gabs

    Although it's worse than all the previous albuns, it's still good. First times i've heard to it, I hated, but then I started listening to it more frequently and noted that it's just... different. It's great!

    9 Aug 2012 Reply
  • TheNethero

    To me, this whole album is a premonition of what Ozzy would later do as a solo artist.

    20 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Jealousheart

    Album wasn't bad but wasn't great either. [3]

    9 Jun 2012 Reply
  • EpicGeeza36

    Nah, definitely not better than Sabotage [2] or 'Technical Ecstasy' for that matter

    9 Mar 2012 Reply
  • ulumpa

    juniors eyes

    4 Jan 2012 Reply
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