|Studio album by Black Sabbath|
|Released||25 September 1976|
|Recorded||June 1976, Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida, US|
|Black Sabbath chronology|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
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!.
"Gypsy", "Dirty Women", "Rock 'n' Roll Doctor" and (briefly) "All Moving Parts (Stand Still)" were played live on the supporting tour.
We're very fond of that cover. From the title of the piece, Technical Ecstasy, I thought of something ecstatic rather than something technical, and I immediately thought of ecstasy in sexual terms: some sort of mechanical copulation, which would be tricky to do. I then thought of ecstasy as falling in love, perhaps during a brief encounter on an escalator – and, since it was 'technical', I thought of two robots.
They don't look very robotic in the usual comic-book sense.
No, they don't, but they're just what George came up with. It's really quite simple – he's just done curves for the female and hard, angular, macho lines for the male. It's really quite sexist, actually – stereotyped. Anyway, it's love at first sight, but I felt robots wouldn't do it like humans would do it, so instead they're squirting lubricating fluid at one another. Now, to get that photographically didn't seem necessary, and I decide with George we'd do it as a mixture. So the escalator and background are photographic, while the robots are designed by George but drawn by a photo-retoucher.
If that's a photo, that's a very odd escalator!
Yes, it was somewhere like Harrods. I think it was actually glass-sided, but we painted it opaque yellow – on the photograph!
The UK release had a two-sided lyric/credit-insert.
All songs written and composed by Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward and Ozzy Osbourne.
|1.||"Back Street Kids"||3:47|
|2.||"You Won't Change Me"||6:42|
|1.||"All Moving Parts (Stand Still)"||5:07|
|2.||"Rock 'n' Roll Doctor"||3:30|
- The cassette version reverses the two sides
|United States||25 September 1976||Warner Bros. Records|
|United Kingdom||8 October 1976||Vertigo Records|
|Canada||25 September 1976||Warner Bros. Records|
|United Kingdom||1996||Castle Communications|
|United Kingdom||2004||Sanctuary Records|
- Prato, Greg. "Black Sabbath: Technical Ecstasy" at Allmusic. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
- "Black Sabbath: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
- "American album certifications – Black Sabbath – Technical Ecstasy". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
- "Technical Ecstasy: Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums" at Allmusic. Retrieved 30 January 2009.
- "The Artwork". Black Sabbath FAQ. black-sabbath.com. Retrieved 2 April 2007.
- What the hell happened to Technical Ecstasy?, an article about the album by music journalist Dan Marsicano