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Technical Ecstasy (1976)


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Mar 27, 2018
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Title: Technical Ecstasy
Artist: Black Sabbath
Genre: Heavy Metal
Released: 1976

1 - Back Street Kids - 3:49
2 - You Won't Change Me - 6:44
3 - It's Alright - 4:06
4 - Gypsy - 5:11
5 - All Moving Parts (Stand Still) - 5:06
6 - Rock 'n' Roll Doctor - 3:34
7 - She's Gone - 4:57
8 - Dirty Women - 7:08

Technical Ecstasy is the seventh studio album by the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in September 1976.

Technical Ecstasy continued the band's separation from its signature doom and darkness that had been such a trademark of the band's early career. While the album's lyrics dealt with topics such as drug dealers, prostitution, and transvestites, the music itself was seldom dark, and tracks like "Rock 'n' Roll Doctor" and "It's Alright" (the latter sung by drummer Bill Ward—a decision supported by Ozzy Osbourne), were very different from Black Sabbath's earlier recordings. Also, the band continued experimenting with keyboards and synthesizers more so than previous albums. The track "She's Gone" features orchestrations.

Osbourne left the band briefly following the release of the album. He would eventually rejoin for the follow-up album, Never Say Die!.

The cover art is designed by Hipgnosis and is meant to represent two robots having sex. Osbourne once described it as "two robots screwing on an escalator."

The UK release had a two-sided lyric/credit-insert.

"Gypsy", "Dirty Women", "Rock 'n' Roll Doctor" and (briefly) "All Moving Parts (Stand Still)" were played live on the supporting tour.

"It's Alright" was often covered live by Guns N' Roses, and included in their Live Era: '87–'93 album. The song was also featured in the 2010 film It's Kind of a Funny Story.

The album was certified Gold on 19 June 1997 and peaked at number 51 on the Billboard Pop Album chart.
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