Black Sabbath – Technical Ecstasy first issue Japan LP with obi


Free U.S. shipping!  An original 1976 Japanese pressing of Technical Ecstasy by Black Sabbath, including the original obi.

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Offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing of Technical Ecstasy by Black Sabbath, including the original obi.

First issues of all Japanese Black Sabbath albums are rare; they sold most of their albums in Japan as reissues.

About this copy: This copy of Technical Ecstasy is the original 1976 Japanese issue on the Vertigo “spaceship” label.

The cover is M-, with a couple of very tiny corner dents.  The obi and insert are M-.

The disc is M-, with a few spindle marks on the labels but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a scarce Black Sabbath LP and the only first pressing we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: Released in 1976, Technical Ecstasy the seventh studio album by Black Sabbath.

The album reached #31 on the UK charts and peaked at #51 in the U.S..

The album was a bit of a change for Black Sabbath, as it introduced a lot of synthesizers where one would previously have expected guitars. It also included a ballad, sung by drummer Bill Ward, that seemed a bit out of place, even if it was a catchy tune.

Technical Ecstasy had this review at

Black Sabbath was unraveling at an alarming rate around the time of their second to last album with original singer Ozzy Osbourne, 1976’s Technical Ecstasy. The band was getting further and further from their original musical path, as they began experimenting with their trademark sludge-metal sound. While it was not as off-the-mark as their final album with Osbourne, 1978’s Never Say Die, it was not on par with Sabbath’s exceptional first five releases. … The melodic “It’s Alright” turns out to be the album’s biggest surprise — it’s one of drummer Bill Ward’s few lead vocal spots with the band.

You can listen to “It’s Alright” here:

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Vertigo
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1976
Format: Stereo
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Weight 10 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in