Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Bill Ward - Ward One: Along the Way (1990)

The awesomely weird debut solo album from the great Bill Ward. In addition to the expected dark, driving metal, there's a strain of sprawling, Floyd-ian prog and psych. Add in Ward's thin but effective vocals, a pair of guest spots from one Mr. Osbourne, and some baffling production choices, and you're looking at an unexpectedly idiosyncratic good time.

Track listing:
1. Shooting Gallery (Mobile)
2. Short Stories
3. Bombers (Can Open Bomb Bays)
4. Punk Clouds an Island
5. Light Up the Candles (Let There Be Peace Tonight)
6. Snakes and Ladders
7. Jack's Land
8. Living Naked
9. Music for a Raw Nerve Ending
10. Tall Stories
11. Sweep
12. Along the Way

Consider this a warning

You should also listen to:
Crimson Glory -
Crimson Glory (1986)
Black Sabbath -
Dehumanizer (1992)


  1. Call me crazy, but I'm of the mind that this is the best solo record from any of the original Sabs (I am admittedly not the hugest fan of solo Ozzy). You don't happen to have the also-good When the Bough Breaks, do you?

    1. I love this record, but definitely also love solo Ozzy, and would probably have to go with Diary of a Madman. Ward One is a totally respectable choice, though. Here's When the Bough Breaks:

    2. Thanks, man!

      Picked up Sedation recently, and it's been my go-to writing music of late, by the way -- great stuff.

    3. hi dear spirit - any chance of a new link for When the Bough Breaks?!
      many thanks


    5. hey dear spirit - many, many thanks!

  2. Thanks for the post. Had no idea Mr. Ward released solo stuff.

  3. What a great record, love how it sounds so strange yet accessible at the same time. Thanks!