Offered for sale is an original Japanese white label promotional pressing of Never Say Die! by Black Sabbath, including the original obi.
About this copy: This copy of Never Say Die! is a 1978 pressing on the Vertigo label.
The cover is M-. The obi is VG, with a number of wrinkles and a couple of small (1 cm or so) repaired tears.
The lyric insert and custom inner sleeve are VG+ with slight foxing, but no wear or tears.
The white label promo disc is VG++ on side one with a couple of faint scuffs through the first track. Side two is M-. It appears that the disc has only been played a couple of times. Clean disc!
A beautiful copy of a rare Black Sabbath LP and the first promo Black Sabbath LP that we’ve had for sale in a long time.
Background: Released in 1978, Never Say Die! was the eighth album by Black Sabbath, and the last album to feature the entire original band before singer Ozzy Osbourne left for a solo career.
The album reached #12 on the UK charts and #69 in the U.S.
After going their separate ways for a brief period following the emotionally taxing and drug-infested Technical Ecstasy tour, Black Sabbath and singer Ozzy Osbourne reconciled long enough to record 1978’s Never Say Die! — an album whose varied but often unfocused songs perfectly reflected the band’s uneasy state of affairs at the time. Even the surprisingly energetic title track, which seemed to kick things off with a promising bang, couldn’t entirely mask the group’s fading enthusiasm just beneath the surface after a few repeated listens. … So even though those same die-hard Black Sabbath fans and completists will likely find some redeeming value in Never Say Die! after all these years, the original lineup’s final gasp will hold little interest to the average heavy metal fan.
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