Born Again is the 11th studio album by Black Sabbath, out on Aug 1983. It is the only album with DEEP PURPLE's Ian Gillan as vocalist, after the exit of Ronnie James Dio.
It was also the last album for nine years to feature original bassist Geezer Butler, and drummer Bill Ward, until he played the studio tracks on their 1998 live album Reunion.
The album has received negative reviews from critics, but it was a commercial success upon its 1983 release, reaching No. 4 in the UK charts and also hit the top 40 in Us. Following the departure of vocalist Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice in 1982, the band changed management to Don Arden (Sharon Osbourne's father) and it was he who suggested Ian Gillan as the band's new vocalist.
Initially, the project which became Born Again was intended to be a new supergroup; they did not intend to bill themselves as Black Sabbath but management insisted on the group using the well known moniker.
Black Sabbath began recording the album in May 1983 at The Manor Studio.
The album's cover was produced by Steve 'Krusher' Joule, based on a black-and-white photocopy of a baby photo published in a 1968.