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Black Sabbath – Never say Die

Never say Die! fue el último álbum de estudio que contó con la formación original de Black Sabbath:

País: Reino Unido Black Sabbath - Logo
Género: Heavy Metal
Lanzamiento: 28 de septiembre de 1978
Sellos: Vertigo / Warner Bros.
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Banda anteriormente conocida como: Polka Tulk (1968), y Earth (1968 – 1969).

Integrantes:

  • Ozzy Osbourne – vocalista y armónica.
  • Tony Iommi – guitarrista y vocalista.
  • Geezer Butler – bajista y vocalista.
  • Bill Ward – batería y vocalista.
Músicos invitados:
  • Don Airey – tecladista.
  • John Elstar – armónica.

Never say Die! Lista de canciones:

Lado A:

  1. Never Say Die 03:47
  2. Johnny Blade 06:27
  3. Junior’s Eyes 06:41
  4. A Hard Road 06:03
Lado B:

  1. Shock Wave 05:13
  2. Air Dance 05:15
  3. Over to You 05:21
  4. Breakout 02:36 (instrumental)
  5. Swinging the Chain 04:06

Con una duración de 45 minutos y 29 segundos, Never say Die! es el octavo álbum de estudio publicado por el cuarteto británico de Black Sabbath (fundado en la ciudad de Birmingham, desde el año de 1969).

Never say Die! (publicado originalmente en LP) es el álbum sucesor del: “Technical Ecstasy” (1976) editado por Black Sabbath. Este disco fue producido por el grupo y su portada fue diseñada por el colectivo gráfico Hipgnosis. Posteriormente, este álbum se puede adquirir en formato de Casete y CD.

Never say Die! → Datos relevantes:

El panorama para grabar este álbum estaba nublado en el horizonte… Ozzy abandonó Black Sabbath debido a la enfermedad de su padre, el abuso de sustancias prohibidas, y su situación económica. Los restantes miembros de la banda seleccionaron a Dave Walker (ex Fleetwood Mac, ex Savoy Brown) como vocalista (él apareció el programa de la BBC: Look Here! y entre otros temas interpretó: “Junior’s Eyes“.

Poco tiempo después… Ozzy regresó al grupo, pero, su relación con Tony Iommy se deterioró… La banda contrató a Don Arden como su manager… Walker colaboró en escribir varias canciones… Y Ozzy exigió cambiar las letras… A tal punto llegó la situación que la canción: “Swinging the Chain” fue cantada por Bill Ward debido a que Osbourne se rehusó a hacerlo.

Never say Die! fue grabado en los Sounds Interchange, ubicados en Toronto, Canadá, debido, a que el alquiler de los estudios de grabación en Inglaterra era sumamente elevado (para esa época).

Never say Die! es un álbum suena tan confuso… Debido al poco tiempo que teníamos programado… Algunas de las canciones son buenas, pero, las grabaciones son pésimas. Tuvimos problemas en el estudio porque otras bandas también tenían que utilizarlo para grabar sus trabajos,,. Era muy caro y no conseguimos un buen sonido”, mencionó en varias entrevistas posteriores Iommy.

En mayo de 1978, Black Sabbath inició una gira para conmemorar su X Aniversario… The Ramones y Van Halen fueron sus bandas teloneras…

“Los chicos de Van Halen realizaron grandes actuaciones. Nos patearon el culo y me di cuenta de dos cosas: mis días con Black Sabbath habían llegado a su fin, y Van Halen sería una banda exitosa” reconoció años más tarde Osbourne. Y por su parte Iommy mencionó: “Los jóvenes venían a los conciertos para ver a Van Halen, nos sentíamos como unos ancianos”.

Luego de finalizada la gira promocional, ninguna de las canciones incluidas en Never say Die! volvió a ser interpretada en directo, pero, las canciones: “Hard Road” y “Never Say Die” han surgido en recopilaciones de Black Sabbath, incluso “Never Say Die” está incluida en el álbum: “Speak of the Devil” (1982) de Ozzy Osbourne.

Black Sabbath grabó la presentación correspondiente al Hammersmith Apollo (en junio de 1978) material que años después vio la luz como: “Never Say Die: Live in 1978” en formato de DVD.

La prensa especializada escribió sobre Never say Die! reseñas negativas… A finales de 1978, la escena británica era dominada por el Punk / Rock.

Un 11 de diciembre, en Albuquerque, Nuevo México, Black Sabbath ofreció su última presentación de la gira promocional, la cual representó, el último concierto de Osbourne con el cuarteto, hasta posteriores reuniones.

A inicios de 1979, Iommi tomó la decisión de despedir a Osbourne: “En ese momento, la era de Ozzy había llegado a su fin… Todos estábamos metidos en las drogas, mucha cocaína, mucho de todo, y Ozzy se emborrachaba con frecuencia… Se suponía que debíamos ensayar, pero, nadie hacía nada… Era como: “¿Ensayamos hoy? No, mejor mañana…” citó el guitarrista en posteriores entrevistas.

Bill Ward fue el encargado de dar la noticia a su amigo Ozzy… El resto es historia… Se esperó 35 años para que su profecía: Never say Die! se convirtiera en realidad.

Never say Die!  → Sencillos Promocionales:

  1. Never say Die” – publicado en mayo de 1978, y
  2. Hard Road” – publicado en septiembre de 1978.

Si usted desea memorizar las letras de las canciones incluidas en el álbum: Never say Die! de Black Sabbath, nosotros se la transcribimos:

Black Sabbath – Never Say Die (lyrics):

People going nowhere, taken for a ride
Looking for the answers that they know inside
Searching for a reason, looking for a rhyme
Snow White’s mirror said “partners in crime!”

Don’t they ever have to worry?
Don’t you ever wonder why?
It’s a part of me that tells you
Oh, don’t you ever, don’t ever say die
Never, never, never say die again

Sunday’s satisfaction, Monday’s home and dry
Truth is on the doorstep, welcome in the lie
All dressed up in sorrow, got no place to go
Hold back, `till it’s ready, taking it slow

Don’t they ever have to worry?
Don’t you ever wonder why?
It’s a part of me that tells you
Oh, don’t you ever, don’t ever say die
Never, never, never say die again

Don’t you ever say die
Don’t you ever say die
Never say die

Panic, silver lining, writing’s on the wall
Children get together, you can save us all
Future’s on the corner, throwing us a die
Slow down, turn around, everything’s fine

There’s no need to have a reason
There’s no need to wonder why
It’s a part of me that tells you
Oh, don’t you ever, don’t ever say die
Never, never, never say die again.

Black Sabbath – Johnny Blade (lyrics):

Tortured and twisted, he walks the streets alone
People avoid him, they know the street’s his own
Cold blade of silver, his eyes they burn so wild
Mean as a tiger, society’s own child

Those who try to burn him pay
You don’t do that to Johnny Blade
He’s the meanest guy around his town
One look and he will cut you down
Johnny Blade, Johnny Blade

Life has no meaning, and Death’s his only friend
Will fate surprise him, where will he meet his end?
He feels so bitter, yes he’s so full of hate
To die in the gutter, I guess that’s Johnny’s fate

Rivals all across the land
He kills them with his knife in hand
He’s the meanest guy around his town
One look and he will cut you down
Johnny Blade, Johnny Blade
Johnny Blade, Johnny Blade

Well you know that Johnny’s a spider
And his web is the city at night
He’s a victim of modern frustration
That’s the reason he’s so ready to fight

He’s the one that should be afraid
What will happen to you, Johnny Blade?

Oh he knows his future’s decided
And he ain’t gonna change it, no way
He was born to die in the gutter
He’ll keep fighting `till the end of his days

Been alone all through his life
His only friend is a switchblade knife
He’s the one who should be afraid
What will happen to you, Johnny Blade?

You fool the people
Who’s fooling who?
It’s time to listen
Who’s fool are you?

Black Sabbath – Junior’s Eyes (lyrics):

Junior’s eyes looked up to the skies in tears
He prayed that his maker, the giver and taker, would `pear
Junior sighed, as his hands reached out to the sky
Junior cried, the day that his best friend died
Yeah!

They’re coming home again tomorrow
I’m sorry it won’t be for long
With all the pain I’ve watched you live within
I’ll try my hardest not to cry
When it is time to say goodbye

Junior’s eyes, they couldn’t disguise the pain
His father was leaving, and Junior’s grieving again
Innocent eyes watched the man who had gave everything
Junior’s sorrow, who knew what tomorrow would bring?
Yeah!

They’re coming home again tomorrow
I’m sorry it won’t be for long
With all the pain I’ve watched you live within
I’ll try my hardest not to cry
When it is time to say goodbye

Junior’s eyes looked into the skies once more
Now he knew well, this life was hell for sure
He desperately tried, his fingertips stretched to the stars, yeah
Reaching for reason, along with the time and the stars
Yeah!

They’re coming home again tomorrow
I’m sorry it won’t be for long
With all the pain I’ve watched you live within
I’ll try my hardest not to cry
When it is time to say goodbye.

Black Sabbath – A Hard Road (lyrics):

Old men crying, young men dying
World still turns as Father Time looks on
On and on
Children playing, dreamers praying
Laughter turns to tear as love has gone
Has it gone?

Oh, it’s a hard road
Oh, it’s a hard road

Whirlwind churning, lovers learning
On this path of life we can’t back down
Is it wrong?
Widows weeping, babies sleeping
Life becomes the singer and the song
Sing along

Oh, it’s a hard road
Carry your own load

Why make the hard road?
Why can’t we be friends?
No need to hurry
We’ll meet in the end

Why make the hard road?
Why can’t we be friends?
No need to worry
Let’s sing it again

Brother’s sharing, mother’s caring
Nightime falling victim to the dawn
Shadows small
Days are crawling, time is calling
To the Earth that not that life has gone
Love line drawn

Oh, it’s a hard road
Carry your own load
Oh, it’s a hard road
Oh, it’s a hard road…

We’re living in sorrow, we’re living the best
And look to the future, `cause life goes together now
We’re living in sorrow, we’re living the best
And look to the future, `cause life goes together now
We’re living in sorrow, we’re living the best
And look to the future, `cause life goes together now…

Black Sabbath – Shock Wave (lyrics):

There’s no reason for you to run
You can’t escape the fate of the chosen one
Black moon rising, in a blood red sky
This time you realise that you’re gonna die

Drinking your blood brew is your answer
That’s what you plan to do
No dreaming, time you cheat this master
You’re on your own going through

Wind of mist has taken over your mind
And you think you’re on your own
Don’t believe you are the only one here
Look around, you’re not alone

Feel the forces from another world
Ghostly shadows fill your mind
Evil power hanging over you
As you freeze, you’re like a child
Look behind you!

Somebody’s calling
Someone is near
Feel yourself falling
Falling with fear
You tell yourself you’re dreaming
You realise you’re screaming
You know that this shouldn’t happen to you
You tell yourself that it’s scary too
But there is nothing you can do, oh!

Ghostly shadows from the other world
Evil forces in your mind
Trapped between the worlds of life and death
Frozen in the realms of time
Look behind you!

You feel yourself falling, you’re at the end of the line
Your body is crawling, but your senses are blind
Cold, cold feelings are running through your brains
Ice cold fingers, running through your veins.

Black Sabbath – Air Dance (lyrics):

She sits in silence, in her midnight world
Her faded pictures, of her dancing girls
Her, distant dreamer, on the seas of time
Her happy memories, dancing through her mind

In days of romance
She was the queen of dance
She’d dance the night away

And as the seasons turn the days to years
She holds her pictures, hears the silent cheers
The days grow lonely for the dancing queen
And now she dances only in her dreams

In days of romance
She was the queen of dance
She’d dance the night away, away, away, away.

Black Sabbath – Over to You (lyrics):

Born in the window
Cold blooded spoof
Raised in the prison
You called the school
Taught young in legends
Told what to do
I handed my childhood
Over to you

Travelling endlessly, I’m searching for mind
I’m almost afraid of what I will find
Wandering aimlessly, oh what can I do?
I handed my future over to you, to you

Over to you
Future looks blue
What can I do?

Watching for freedom
Fighting our wars
Feeding our children
Keeping your laws
Someday you’ll suffer
And what I’ll do
I’ll hand all your promises
Over to you

Standing inside myself, I’m losing control
You made me believe in the stories you told
Waiting impatiently, what else can I do?
I handed my future over to you, to you

Over to you
Future looks blue
What can I do?

Tears filled of sadness
Stealing myself
Which burning secrets?
What to they tell?
Mad politicians
Can tell it true
I handed my children
Over to you

All over, over to you
All over, over to you
All over, over to you…

Black Sabbath – Swinging the Chain (lyrics):

It’s against my uniform
To be a civil judge
All the songs are history now
`Bout rock stars and their grudge
Let us cast our minds back
To thirty years or more
You took up all the vandals
Will Hitler beat `em all?

And we’re sad and sorry
Really sorry that it happened that way
Yes we’re sad and sorry
But why’d you have to treat us that way?

Compare ourselves with others
And cover them in sin
Oh, God what a terrible
A terrible state we’re in
There must be some way out of here
A comprimise that’s right
If we cannot work it out
We’re gonna have to fight

Yes we’re sad and sorry
Really sorry that it happened that way
Yes we’re sad and sorry
We cannot go on in those days

I’m talking about my brothers
Yeah, I’m talking `bout sisters as well
I wish you good luck
Good luck!

Oh, but the world’s still on fire
Chain the hope you take on, liar
This fire
We’re on fire, we’re on fire, yeah…

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