The co-founder of Black Sabbath, Tony Iommi has recently appeared in an interview, where he revealed his excitement for remixing his band’s album Born Again, for its future release.
As the only album recorded with the lead vocalist Ian Gillian, Born Again was released back in 1983, along with also being the last studio album of Black Sabbath featuring drummer Bill Ward, as well. And recently, the talented guitarist Tony Iommi appeared in a new interview, as he revealed that Born Again master tapes have been found, leading him to reprepare the album to get its sounding right to make it available to the public.
The guitarist of Black Sabbath, Tony Iommi started to tell how the tapes have been found in the first place,
“Apparently, my manager found a connection there, where the master tapes were. I haven’t heard any more. We’re waiting to get these now. They discovered where they were — in some library in some record company somewhere. Obviously, I’d love to do that. I would love to get that one that sounds right. ‘Cause I think that was a really good album. And when we’d first done it in the studio, it sounded great. But when it came out on record, it was really muffly and not good. So I wanna try and do something with that.”
Released in August 1983, Born Again is the 11th studio album of Black Sabbath, as it is also the only album the group recorded with lead vocalist Ian Gillan, along with having the band’s original bassist Geezer Butler and original drummer Bill Ward for the last time. After its release, the album reached 4th place on the UK charts, along with hitting the top 40 in the United States. Although Born Again has become a commercial success of Black Sabbath, it also received some critics along with being acclaimed, as well. And luckily, the talented guitarist and founding member of Black Sabbath, Tony Iommi confirmed that the long-lost original master tapes of the album had been finally located, and he has been preparing to remix the album for a future re-release.
On the other hand, also the former singer and songwriter of Black Sabbath, Ian Gillian talked about Born Again, and its occurring process in an earlier interview of his, as well.
“How it started was just ’cause we got drunk together one night. I went for a drink with Tony and Geezer, and we ended up under the table. And I can’t remember much more that happened. But I got a call from my manager the next day saying, ‘Don’t you think you should call me if you’re gonna make decisions like this?’ I said, ‘What are you talking about?’ He said, ‘Well, apparently you… I just got a call. You agreed to join SABBATH.’ So that’s how it happened. I was at a kind of loose end anyway, having just finished with my own band and PURPLE not really being anything viable at the time. So we set a one-year plan, and it was to do an album and a tour. Nobody knew what was gonna happen, so we pitched up and I pitched my tent, literally, at the old manor in Oxfordshire. And we made an album. I didn’t see much of ’em. They were night people, so they slept all day and worked all night. I got up in the morning, cooked my breakfast, went to the studio to hear what they had recorded the night before, and write a song over it. And that’s how the album was made,” told Deep Purple’s singer, Gillian.
After making their second North American tour, the talented singer Ian Gillian quit the band, deciding he could not have a long-term role as Black Sabbath’s singer.