Black Sabbath – Born Again (1983)

Album Review

The idea sure looked good on paper, but when former Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan joined Black Sabbath for 1983’s dreadful Born Again album, the grim reality was that Gillan’s bluesy vocal style and oftentimes humorous lyrics were completely incompatible with the lords of doom and gloom. Widely deemed the band’s creative nadir (although a few later efforts like Cross Purposes and Forbidden give it a run for its money), Born Again also featured one of the worst album covers ever (it’s been voted!), and the subsequent world tour was so troubled and tragicomic that the band’s Stonehenge stage set wound up serving as inspiration for the ultimate rock & roll spoof movie, This Is Spinal Tap… Read more on


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