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Classic Album Review: Lounge Brigade | Sabbath in the Suburbs

This shamelessly silly tribute disc revamps Ozzy & co.’s classics into Tiki-torch fare.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


If you think Pat Boone’s swinging hep-cat version of Crazy Train is cheesy, well, get ready to board the Velveeta Express, baby.

The shamelessly silly Sabbath In The Suburbs is an entire album of Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath classics revamped into Tiki-torch fare by someone or something called the Lounge Brigade. They may be unknowns, but they sure know what they’re up to here. Iron Man and Paranoid become zippy, Latin-flavoured cocktail gems; Mr. Crowley burbles along to popcorn synth lines; Bark At The Moon takes flight as a zingy, string-sweetened waltz; I Don’t Know gets outfitted in polyester disco duds; and this version Crazy Train hangs 10 with a twangy surf arrangement that bites the heads off Jan and Dean. Ca-razy, indeed.