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The eleventh full-length studio album by legendary British Heavy Metal band.
The first and only album the band recorded with lead vocalist Ian Gillan, best known for his work with Deep Purple. It was also the last Black Sabbath album for nine years to feature original bassist Geezer Butler and the last to feature original drummer Bill Ward, though Ward did record a studio track with the band fifteen years later on their 1998 live album "Reunion".
Following the departure of vocalist Ronnie James Dio and drummer Vinny Appice in 1982, Sabbath's future was in doubt. The band switched management to Don Arden (Sharon Osbourne's father) and he suggested Ian Gillan as the new vocalist. The band had considered vocalists such as Robert Plant and David Coverdale before settling on Gillan. They even received an audition tape from a then-unknown Michael Bolton. Iommi told Hit Parader Magazine in late 1983 that Gillan was the best candidate, saying: "His shriek is legendary." "Born Again" featured the return of founding member Bill Ward on drums, who was newly sober after leaving the band in 1980 to deal with his alcoholism. Ward began drinking again near the end of the sessions and returned to Los Angeles for treatment once the album was completed, and has remained sober ever since. Ward has said that he enjoyed making the album, which remains his final studio album with the band.
When the band heard the final product, they were horrified at the muffled mix. In his autobiography, Iommi explains that Gillan inadvertently blew a couple of tweeters in the studio speakers by playing the backing tracks too loud and nobody noticed. "We just thought it was a bit of a funny sound, but it went very wrong somewhere between the mix and the mastering and the pressing of that album... the sound was really dull and muffly. I didn't know about it, because we were already out on tour in Europe. By the time we heard the album, it was out and in the charts, but the sound was awful". For all his misgivings, Gillan remembers the period fondly, stating in the Black Sabbath: 1978–1992 documentary, "But by God, we had a good year...And the songs, I think, were quite good".
Following the tour supporting "Born Again", this version of Black Sabbath fell apart, with Gillan and touring drummer Bev Bevan departing. The tour was also a breaking point for Butler, who admits in the Black Sabbath: 1978–1992 documentary, "I just got totally disillusioned with the whole thing and I left some time in 1984 after the Born Again tour. I just had enough of it."
It was the first Black Sabbath album to not have any RIAA certification in the US. Despite this, it was the highest charting Black Sabbath album in the United Kingdom since "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" (1973), reaching No. 4 in the charts, and became Top 40 hit in the United States.
Gimcastle Ltd./Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company, 1993/2004 (SMRCD075). Made in EU.
1. Trashed 4:17
2. Stonehenge 1:58
3. Disturbing The Priest 5:49
4. The Dark 0:45
5. Zero The Hero 7:35
6. Digital Bitch 3:39
7. Born Again 6:34
8. Hot Line 4:53
9. Keep It Warm 5:36
Total playing time: 41:06 min.