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“Some producers didn’t understand the sound about Sabbath as a band full stop. Because if you play as a band and you separate each individual instrument, it probably sounds awful. Which it did.
"When we worked with a producer in later years we’d put a track down individually and they’d say, ‘Ooh the guitar sounds a bit ragged. The bass is really distorted.’ I’d say, ‘Yeah – that’s the sound and you’ve got to listen to it as a whole.’ They could never quite see that.
“I’d walk in the control room sometimes after we’d been out in the studio playing and they’d have me separated, or Geezer or Bill; whoever it was and I’d say, ‘Listen to it as a band, how it’s coming out as a whole– don’t analyse it...
"They tried to make the guitar cleaner. ‘Can you turn the guitar down a bit? Turn the amp down a bit?’ ‘No.’ We don’t do that – they just didn’t get it.”
Total Guitar issue 223 (on sale 28 December to 27 January) features a full tab of Black Sabbath classic ‘Children Of The Grave’, as well a backing tracking, a guide to nailing the tones and the story behind the song.