Readers' Poll: The Ten Best Black Sabbath AlbumsPicks include 'Heaven and Hell,' 'Master of Reality' and 'Paranoid'
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10. 'Never Say Die!'
The original lineup of Black Sabbath was on its last legs when they went into the studio to cut Never Say Die! in early 1978. It was their eighth album in as many years and they were simply tapped out, not to mention terribly hobbled by cocaine and alcohol abuse. The Ramones opened for them on their last tour, and the band started to realize their sound was a little passé. A burned-out Ozzy quit the group shortly before recording, so Tony Iommi turned to Dave Walker. "We were grasping at straws," Iommi wrote in his memoir Iron Man. "We have a studio booked and no singer!" They played with Walker on a single TV show and cut a few songs with him, but then Ozzy came to his senses and returned. They started from scratch, but nobody was really happy. "It's hard to relate to that album," says Iommi. "It was a bitter time for us." Despite the endless problems, the LP has some very nice moments, particularly the title track and "A Hard Road."