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Technical Ecstasy - Black Sabbath | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic

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Release Date

September 25, 1976

Duration

39:58

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Pop/Rock

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Technical Ecstasy

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AllMusic Review by Greg Prato

Black Sabbath was unraveling at an alarming rate around the time of their second to last album with original singer Ozzy Osbourne, 1976's Technical Ecstasy. The band was getting further and further from their original musical path, as they began experimenting with their trademark sludge-metal sound. While it was not as off-the-mark as their final album with Osbourne, 1978's Never Say Die, it was not on par with Sabbath's exceptional first five releases. The most popular song remains the album closer, "Dirty Women," which was revived during the band's highly successful reunion tour of the late '90s. Other standouts include the funky "All Moving Parts (Stand Still)" and the raging opener, "Back Street Kids." The melodic "It's Alright" turns out to be the album's biggest surprise -- it's one of drummer Bill Ward's few lead vocal spots with the band (Guns N' Roses covered the unlikely track on their 1999 live set, Live Era 1987-1993).

Track Listing

SampleTitle/ComposerPerformerTimeStream 1 Back Street Kids Geezer Butler / Tony Iommi / Ozzy Osbourne / Bill Ward Black Sabbath 3:46 2 You Won't Change Me Geezer Butler / Tony Iommi / Ozzy Osbourne / Bill Ward Black Sabbath 6:34 3 It's Alright Geezer Butler / Tony Iommi / Ozzy Osbourne / Bill Ward Black Sabbath 3:58 4 Gypsy Geezer Butler / Tony Iommi / Ozzy Osbourne / Bill Ward Black Sabbath 5:10 5 All Moving Parts (Stand Still) Geezer Butler / Tony Iommi / Ozzy Osbourne / Bill Ward Black Sabbath 4:59 Amazon 6 Rock 'N' Roll Doctor Geezer Butler / Tony Iommi / Ozzy Osbourne / Bill Ward Black Sabbath 3:25 7 She's Gone Geezer Butler / Tony Iommi / Ozzy Osbourne / Bill Ward Black Sabbath 4:51 8 Dirty Women Geezer Butler / Tony Iommi / Ozzy Osbourne / Bill Ward Black Sabbath 7:15 blue highlight denotes track pick