Black Sabbath - Seventh Star (1986) [Japan 1st Press] EAC | FLAC-Image+CUE+LOG > 243 MB | Full Scans | MP3 CBR 320 Kbps > 79 MB
Hard Rock / Heavy Metal | TT - 35:02 minutes | Label: Vertigo/Nippon Phonogram # PHCR-2055
Seventh Star is the twelfth studio album by Black Sabbath, released in
January 1986. It was originally written, recorded, and intended to be
the first solo album by guitarist Tony Iommi, but due to label pressures
and the prompting of band manager Don Arden, the record was billed as
Black Sabbath featuring Tony Iommi. Glenn Hughes, ex-Deep Purple bassist
and vocalist, was lead singer but did not play bass on this release.
As this album was not originally intended to be a Black Sabbath record,
its sound is a drastic (and intentional) departure from trademark
Sabbath sound, especially its predecessor, Born Again.. Many of the
songs have a very glam metal sound, while some contain a bluesy feel
(especially "Heart Like a Wheel"). Seventh Star was the first album to
feature long-time keyboardist Geoff Nicholls as an official band member.
An often misunderstood and underrated album, 1986's Seventh Star was never
intended to be a Black Sabbath release, as the band had effectively
broken up following its disastrous 1984 tour in support of career low
point Born Again. Instead, Seventh Star was conceived as guitarist Tony
Iommi's first solo project, and it was only record company pressure that
forced him to resurrect his longtime band's moniker at the last minute.
With this in mind, one can better appreciate both the record's more
blues-based, often un-Sabbath-like songwriting and the contributions
made by journeyman singer Glenn Hughes (ex-Trapeze, Deep Purple, etc.),
whose incredibly emotive and soulful vocal style was completely at odds
with the deadpan delivery of Sabbath's most recognizable singer, Ozzy
Osbourne (a discrepancy that would spell his quick exit when the
necessary classics were wheeled out for the ensuing world tour). Still,
within the unique circumstances of Seventh Star's creation, Hughes'
fiery tunefulness made aggressive hard rockers like "In for the Kill,"
"Turn to Stone," and "Danger Zone" uncommonly catchy, and gorgeous
ballads such as "Angry Heart/In Memory..." and "No Stranger to Love" all
the more heart-rending. Tellingly, his efforts fell resoundingly flat
on the bluesy aimlessness of "Heart Like a Wheel" and the gothic menace
of the title track, making it possible for keener observers to foresee
the troubles ahead. Yet, in light of the even more traumatic
difficulties that preceded it, Seventh Star -- for all its
uncharacteristic sonic qualities -- actually represents the turning of a
corner for Black Sabbath's lengthy career, which steadily regained
momentum in the years that followed.
-- Review by Eduardo Rivadavia, allmusic.com Tracklist:
01. In For The Kill
02. No Stranger To Love
03. Turn To Stone
05. Seventh Star
06. Danger Zone
07. Heart Like A Wheel
08. Angry Heart
09. In Memory
Produced and Engineered by Jeff Glixman.
- Glenn Hughes: vocals
- Tony Iommi: guitar
- Dave Spitz: bass guitar
- Geoff Nicholls: keyboards
- Eric Singer: drums
Original non-remastered Japanese 1st pressed CD.
Made in Japan by Nippon Phonogram Co., Ltd. , Tokyo.
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