Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Iommi and Gillan - Born Again?

One of my secret favorite albums is Black Sabbath Born Again, a very weird version of Sabbath with Deep Purple's Ian Gillan singing. All parties involved admit is was an odd match that didn't quite work out.

However, bootlegs from that tour show that Gillan's piercing shriek worked pretty well for stuff like Iron Man and Heaven and Hell. It's worth listening to -- once.

The album is pretty good too and I'd say it would be fairly classic if it didn't SOUND so shitty. Not sure who produced it by suffice it to say they were going deaf. The guitars and drums are tinny and processed. There are good songs on it, though - the title track, Zero The Hero, Trashed and Keep it Warm are pretty good.

Anyway, I was shocked to see that Gillan and Iommi may work together again soon. According to the Eddie Trunk Web site, Iommi said:

"Ian was at [my place] a few weeks back, and we put a couple of tracks down, just to try and raise some money for Armenia. We raised some money 20 years ago and we wanted to do it again, to be able to buy stuff.

We went over a few months ago because they gave us an Order Of Honor from the president and so Ian and I went over and Pat Cash came. They showed us what the money had bought. They showed us this old music school; it was freezing and the kids had no instruments so we bought them some new instruments — drums and guitars — and we want to build a new school for the kids.

We're going to do a few songs and, hopefully, we can raise the money to afford to buy them a new school. The plans are quite open at the moment.

We've talked about doing a couple of shows out there, but it's about working round what we are both doing — because we [Heaven & Hell] hope touring will start again soon."

Call me interested! In the meantime, feast your eyes and ears on this:


Sean Coleman said...

I remember buying this cassette the week that it was released because Circus magazine played up the fact that Bill Ward was back in the band. Having Gillan out front was fine by me, too.

Tony still had some decent ideas up his sleeve, though the LP cover was terrible and the sound lacked the usual signature bottom end that Sabbath was known for.
Slash ripped the Paradise City riff from Zero the Hero. Always steal from the masters.

Don Capone said...

I bought this album when it came out too (vinyl). I wonder if I still have it? I like this version of BS, it was just so weird. Trashed and Zero are great songs. The videos are funny to watch now. I mean, the 80s were the glory days of music videos. MTV was all videos, there was no internet, videos were the main selling tool--and still, bands spent about ten bucks to shoot a video. Except Michael Jackson.