According to Ozzy Osbourne's recollections, Tony Iommi, who also produced the album, issued the directive "you have to sound more like Foreigner or Queen!" What gave the already bad-tempered Osbourne from then on with thoughts of leaving the band
In England the punk revolution had just broken out, as a heavy metal act they felt disoriented. In the neighbouring studio in Miami, The Eagles recorded their album "Hotel California", but only in the use of cocaine they found a common ground. The British magazine MOJO aptly summed up the musical result: "Technical Ecstasy is the sound of Sabbath trying to make a grown-up, radio-friendly rock record and, in some parts, it works! The cover by graphic agency Hipgnosis, on the other hand, became legendary. Asked about its meaning, Osbourne says: "two robots screwing on an escalator!"
Limited edition, remastered, new mix, 90 minutes of unreleased outtakes, alt mixes, live tracks from Ozzy, Tony, Geezer and Bill plus extensive book, tour programme and poster
Reviews"Like some Sabbath classics before it, Sanctuary has now subjected this unloved child to a sumptuous deluxe edition, on four CDs and proper value on five LPs, with a juicy remaster and a genuine, actually much better-sounding remix by master Steven Wilson on one LP each, a disc of outtakes and alternative mixes, and two LPs (one CD) filled with recordings from the 1976/77 world tour." (Good Times, October/November 2021)