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Black Sabbath Bassist Geezer Butler Talks Recording and Touring
Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, who will soon hit the road with his newly reformed band for yet another string of dates in support of last year’s triumphant comeback album 13, took some time out from his pre-tour preparation to sit down and chat with EMG TV about Sabbath’s resurgence and his gear preferences.
“The new stuff’s going down great,” Butler enthused. “We purposely recorded it the way we did the first three albums. We forgot about all the modern technology...so everything was recorded live in the studio. And that surprised everybody, because we haven’t actually just sat down and come up with something off the top of our heads since we did the song ‘Paranoid’ back in 1970.”
The video is essential viewing for gearheads, as Butler geeks out on bass equipment and the science of sound. The clip also features an interview with Butler’s bass tech Terry Welty, who discusses the challenges of providing technical support for a rock legend. Anyone who’s even halfway curious about how Sabbath manages to sound so dang HEAVY will get a kick out of the seven-minute profile. Check it out below.
In other Black Sabbath news, next month will find Birmingham’s finest bundling their seminal 1970s work into a box set called Black Sabbath: Complete Studio Albums (1970-1978). The set will include Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970), Master of Reality (1971), Vol. 4 (1972), Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973), Sabotage (1975), Technical Ecstasy (1976), Never Say Die! (1978).
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