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|Studio album by Black Sabbath|
|Released||25 September 1976|
|Recorded||June 1976, Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida, US|
|Genre||Heavy metal, hard rock, progressive rock|
|Black Sabbath chronology|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Technical Ecstasy is the seventh studio album by the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in September 1976. The album was certified Gold on 19 June 1997 and peaked at number 51 on the Billboard Pop Album chart.
Technical Ecstasy continued the band's separation from its signature doom and darkness that had been a trademark of the sound of their earlier albums. While Technical Ecstasy's lyrics dealt with varied topics, the music itself was seldom dark. Also, the band continued experimenting with keyboards and synthesizers more so than previous albums.
Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne briefly left the band following the tour in support of the album. Though he would eventually return for the follow-up album, Never Say Die!, the band temporarily replaced him with former Fleetwood Mac vocalist Dave Walker. Osbourne would later be permanently fired from Black Sabbath in 1979 due to his unreliability.
"It's Alright" was written and sung by drummer Bill Ward. Ward was initially reluctant to sing the song for fear of offending Osbourne, but he was encouraged by the band to do it. The song was often covered live by Guns N' Roses, and included in their Live Era: '87–'93 album. The song was also featured in the 2010 film It's Kind of a Funny Story.
While the band were recording the album, The Eagles were also recording their Grammy Award-winning album Hotel California in an adjacent studio at Criteria Studios in Miami. The Eagles were forced to stop recording on numerous occasions because Black Sabbath were too loud and the sound was coming through the wall.
During the subsequent 1977 Australian tour in support of Technical Ecstasy, the band was supported by AC/DC. The relationship between bassist Geezer Butler and AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young was quite tense. Guitarist Tony Iommi recalls the atmosphere between the two being "heavy" and that the pair did not get along at all. Ward's drum tech Graham Wright and Osbourne's personal assistant David Tangye stated in their 2004 book How Black Was Our Sabbath that the problems between the two originated after a show the two bands performed earlier in Switzerland. A altercation occurred in an hotel bar in which Butler removed a switch-blade comb from his pocket and opened it. Young thought it was a switchblade knife and believed Butler was pointing it at him.
We're very fond of that cover. From the title of the piece, Technical Ecstasy, I thought of something ecstatic rather than something technical, and I immediately thought of ecstasy in sexual terms: some sort of mechanical copulation, which would be tricky to do. I then thought of ecstasy as falling in love, perhaps during a brief encounter on an escalator – and, since it was 'technical', I thought of two robots.
They don't look very robotic in the usual comic-book sense.
No, they don't, but they're just what George came up with. It's really quite simple – he's just done curves for the female and hard, angular, macho lines for the male. It's really quite sexist, actually – stereotyped. Anyway, it's love at first sight, but I felt robots wouldn't do it like humans would do it, so instead they're squirting lubricating fluid at one another. Now, to get that photographically didn't seem necessary, and I decide with George we'd do it as a mixture. So the escalator and background are photographic, while the robots are designed by George but drawn by a photo-retoucher.
If that's a photo, that's a very odd escalator!
Yes, it was somewhere like Harrods. I think it was actually glass-sided, but we painted it opaque yellow – on the photograph!
The UK release had a two-sided lyric/credit-insert.
- tracks 3 and 4 were swapped on some copies
All songs written and composed by Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward and Ozzy Osbourne, except "It's Alright", written by Bill Ward.
|1.||"Back Street Kids"||3:47|
|2.||"You Won't Change Me"||6:42|
|5.||"All Moving Parts (Stand Still)"||5:07|
|6.||"Rock 'n' Roll Doctor"||3:30|
- The cassette version reverses the two sides
- Ozzy Osbourne – vocals
- Tony Iommi – guitar
- Geezer Butler – bass guitar
- Bill Ward – drums, lead vocals on "It's Alright"
- Gerald Woodruffe – keyboards
|United States||25 September 1976||Warner Bros. Records|
|United Kingdom||8 October 1976||Vertigo Records|
|Canada||25 September 1976||Warner Bros. Records|
|United Kingdom||1996||Castle Communications|
|United Kingdom||2004||Sanctuary Records|
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- What the hell happened to Technical Ecstasy?, an article about the album by music journalist Dan Marsicano