Tony Iommi, Aubrey Powell (Hipgnosis) & Storm Thorgerson
Signed Black Sabbath
Technical Ecstasy Print At St Pauls Gallery.
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!.
The cover art is designed by Hipgnosis and is meant to
represent two robots having sex. Osbourne once described it
as “two robots screwing on an escalator.”
The UK release had a two-sided lyric/credit-insert.
“Gypsy”, “Dirty Women”, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Doctor” and (briefly)
“All Moving Parts (Stand Still)” were played live on the
“It’s Alright” was often covered live by Guns N’ Roses, and
included in their Live Era: ’87’93 album.
It was certified Gold on June 19, 1997 and peaked at number
51 on the Billboard Pop Album chart.