Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Today’s Video: Black Sabbath – Neon Knights
"Neon Knights" is a song by British heavy metal band Black Sabbath from 1980's Heaven and Hell, their first album with American vocalist Ronnie James Dio.
"Neon Knights" was the last song written by the band for the Heaven and Hell album. It was quickly written and recorded at Studio Ferber in Paris simply to fill time on the album's first side. The lyrics were written by Dio. It is the only song on Heaven and Hell to definitely feature songwriting input from bassist Geezer Butler, the band's main lyricist during the Ozzy Osbourne era. Butler was absent for most of the songwriting process due to his own uncertainty as to whether he wanted to remain in the band.--wiki
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Today’s Video: Black Sabbath – A Hard Road
Never Say Die! was the final Black Sabbath album to feature the entire original line-up. At the time of the recording of Never Say Die! the members of Black Sabbath were all heavily involved in drug and alcohol abuse. Prior to recording, vocalist Osbourne briefly quit the band and was temporarily replaced by former Savoy Brown and Fleetwood Mac vocalist Dave Walker. "We had a few internal problems," Osbourne admitted to Sounds magazine. "My father was dying, so that put us out for over three months with the funeral and everything. I left the band for three months before we got back together to record it." Osbourne has criticised the album and the decision to record it in Toronto, telling After Hours in a 1981 interview "The last album I did with Sabbath was Never Say Die and it was the worst piece of work that I've ever had anything to do with. I'm ashamed of that album. I think it's disgusting".--wiki
Monday, November 25, 2013
Today’s Video: Black Sabbath – "Never Say Die!"
Friday, November 22, 2013
Today’s Video: Black Sabbath – Am I Going Insane (Radio)
Although common conception is that the suffix "Radio" was said to be added to the title because it was made for the purpose of being played on the radio, drummer Bill Ward said that it was Cockney rhyming slang for "mental"; radio-rental. Critics also have said it was ironic that all the members of Black Sabbath except for Tony Iommi later suffered from clinical depression.
Although happy with most of the songs on Sabotage, lead singer, Ozzy Osbourne did not like the responses he got with "Am I Going Insane (Radio)" or "Supertzar." Due to Osbourne's implication that the two tracks in particular were distractions on what would otherwise be a perfect album. AllMusic reviewers claimed that the song was unrecognizable for Black Sabbath and that it was a reckless attempt to change the band's identity. Despite Osbourne's feeling towards the song and negative reviews its popularity caused it to appear as the only track from Sabotage on Sabbath's greatest hits album We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll.--wiki
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Today’s Video: Black Sabbath – Changes
Close friends of the band, Led Zeppelin showed up in the studio during Sabbath Bloody Sabbath's recording. Drummer John Bonham wanted to play on "Sabbra Cadabra" but Sabbath wanted to play material other than their own for the occasion. In the end, the two bands had an improvised jam session which was recorded but never released.
Changes was not on the album, but a B-side to the title track’s single.--wiki