Producer Rick Rubin on new Black Sabbath album ’13’: ‘We took a ’60s approach to recording’

Producer says working with the Birmingham rock legends was a 'magical experience'

Producer Rick Rubin has discussed his experience working with Black Sabbath on their comeback album ’13’.

The new album, which was released on Monday (June 10), marks the first time Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler have recorded together since 1978’s ‘Never Say Die!’. “We spoke about making an album as long as 15 years ago. It didn’t happen then, but for some reason now felt right for them,” Rubin recalled, speaking to NME.COM.

Discussing the difficulties he faced while making the album with Sabbath, Rubin said: “I think the hardest part was getting them comfortable playing together again and to go back to the recording techniques of their earliest work. Technology has changed the way music has been made since then, and as individual artists, they have changed the way they record to more a modern method. For this album, we took much more of a ’60s approach to recording.”

However, Rubin also insisted that producing Sabbath was always a total pleasure for him. “Coming to the studio each day and hearing Black Sabbath sound like Black Sabbath was a magical experience. I grew up listening to their music and all of the bands that came in their wake. There is nothing like hearing the real thing!” he added.

Meanwhile, Sabbath have announced a UK arena tour for December 2013. The band will kick off the tour at London’s O2 Arena on December 12, before calling in at Belfast, Sheffield, Glasgow and Manchester and rounding off with a homecoming show at Birmingham’s LG Arena on December 20.

Black Sabbath will play:

London O2 Arena (December 10)
Belfast Odyssey Arena (December 12)
Sheffield Arena (December 14)
Glasgow Hydro (December 16)
Manchester Arena (December 18)
Birmingham LG Arena (December 20)

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