BLACK SABBATH‘s song, titled “Slapback,” was uploaded to YouTube earlier this month by Gary Rees, the stepson of longtime SABBATH keyboard player Geoff Nicholls and manager of his estate.
“Slapback” features Ronnie James Dio on vocals, and reportedly dates from the 1979 sessions for the band’s Heaven And Hell LP.
When asked about the track (listen below) SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi told SiriusXM’s Eddie Trunk: “I’m not at all happy with it at all. And it’s left a really bad taste in my mouth.
“At that point, when we did that, Geoff wasn’t even involved in the band; I hadn’t even got Geoff over at that time. That is actually Ronnie playing bass on that. And that was just in the lounge recorded on a cassette.”
Explaining why the track was not previously released, Iommi said: “We had one or two things that we’d jam around on and play on and stuff, but it wasn’t right for the album, so we didn’t put it into shape; we didn’t record it or anything.”