I think TE is he black sheep of the Ozzy-era catelog, and very underrated. Sorta the stepping stone from Sabotage to NSD. My favorite track from TE has to be It's Alright lovely song Bill is a wonderful musician. 2nd favorite has to be Gypsy Bill's drumming shines, I was very frustrated trying to learn the drum part to that, tookk mee a while to figure out he had a tamborine back track. I think its a very good album, but I need to be in just the right mood to listen to it.
However, I gotta disagree about it forshadowing the sound on H&H and MR, unless you are talking about You Won't Change me. On TE I hear a steady progression of the Sabbath sound since Vol 4. Starting with that Sabbath gradually started to change ending with a rather jazzy feel on NSD. H&H was 90 degree turn, but sorta keeping the keys that would remain. On H&H Tony went back to his doomy riffs of MOR but with a very different sound. Although I enjoy the sound on TE and NSD it is a sound that can become nostalgic very quickly, I think Tony realized this aswell which is why H&H sounds so different.
Tony Iommi = God, his arch angels are Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Walker, Ronnie James Dio, Ian Gillan, Dave Donato, Glenn Hughes, Ray Gillen, Tony Martin, and Bill Ward (bassically everyone who sang on a song labeled Black Sabbath)
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