Never Say Die!

Universal Music Division Mercury
Release date
30 Mar 2009
Running length
9 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Never Say Die 3:49 165,274
2 Johnny Blade 6:28 56,687
3 Junior's Eyes 6:43 54,987
4 A Hard Road 6:06 47,912
5 Shock Wave 5:16 55,855
6 Air Dance 5:18 56,992
7 Over to You 5:24 51,761
8 Breakout 2:35 40,790
9 Swinging the Chain 4:05 48,167

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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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  • Nihilitic

    So much melody, so nice guitar and voice. Very good...

    12 Feb 12:22pm Reply
  • Johnny_D

    still better than anything recorded after Mob Rules

    19 Jan 4:12pm Reply
  • SchWarG

    Definitely in my top 3 Sabbath albums.

    6 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MisterJunior

    This one gets a lot of unwarranted hate, I think. It certainly doesn't have the "classic" Sabbath sound, but then neither did Sabotage or Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and those are pretty highly regarded by most Sabbath fans. If you can accept that it's not the heaviest album in the world and the presence of horns, pianos and so forth, there is a lot to like here. I wouldn't rate it as highly as the first several records, but I would say that it's better than Technical Ecstasy and still a damn fine album worthy of the Black Sabbath name.

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • MyWhey0810

    This album is still badass. Def. not up there with previous albums, but still a rock solid album from my favorite band ever. I love the doomy and heavy shit as much as anyone, but here they proved versatile. 'Over to you' is my weak link

    17 Oct 2014 Reply
  • usuallee

    this album is actually pretty good.[2]

    13 May 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    this album is actually pretty good.

    19 Mar 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • drvirtuozov

    9/10 [2]

    18 Jan 2014 Reply
  • beli3ver


    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


    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
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