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Headless Cross Original recording remastered, Import

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  • Audio CD (May 21 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00001ZT6Z
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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1. The Gates Of Hell
2. Headless Cross
3. Devil And Daughter
4. When Death Calls
5. Kill In The Spirit World
6. Call Of The Wild
7. Black Moon
8. Nightwing

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Black Sabbath's 1989 Album -- the Singer Tony Martin's Short-Lived Era. Digitally Remastered and Reissued in 1996. Includes Original Art, Liner Notes and Track Sequence. Features the Bone-Crushing Tracks "Headless Cross", "Devil and Daughter", "When Death Calls" and Six More. Essay by Hugh Gilmour.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trent B. Mcdaniel on June 18 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is the deal. If you are a Black Sabbath purist and lean toward the Ozzy sound of the 70's or maybe even the Dio sound of the early 80's then this album is probably not for you. If you don't know much about Black Sabbath, and you have no preconceptions about what this album is, then buy this album. This came out in 1989. It does have some haunting lyrics and music that is chilling. The music is good and it is heavy. The dark references pile up as the album moves onward -- satan, Lucifer, prince of darkness, etc. I think the lyrics were a gimmick but you can't fault the music and the overrall production and feel of the album. This is one of the best Sabbath albums of the Tony Martin era, in my opinion. Their next effort, Tyr, is like a movie sequal and you really don't need to own one without the other because they flow together so well. After Tyr, the band brought Dio back for Dehumanizer which killed the momentum of the Tony Martin movement. Dehumanizer was heavier and was a geat album in its own right. Tony Martin came back after that for Cross Purposes and Forbidden.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 14 2000
Format: Audio CD
A majority of Sabbath fans over the years never adjusted too well to the changing frontman situation after Ozzy's departure in 1978.We've seen Iommi take down and re-assemble this band a number of times since 1980 and fans are divided on the issue of whether or not his 80's efforts are indeed "Black Sabbath" or are they merely "Tony Iommi and his backing band" hmmmm..the debate rages on.Who could not take a stand on a way Ozzy was "Sabbath" in the classic legendary sense,however,Iommi should've gotton more credit than received for his post-Ozzy works as well.Bringing in Dio was brilliant move,but then Gillian:ehhhh! Glenn Hughes:No comment! If Tony wanted to bring credibility back to Sabbath,he needed a dynamic frontman that could turn some heads.He found him in Tony Martin back in 1987 during sessions for "The Eternal Idol" as Ray Gillen backed out midway through the recording..Martin re-recorded the vocal parts and it turned out to be a new era in the Sabbath legacy.Due to the commercial flops of "Born Again" and "Seventh Star",long time label Warner Bros. and Iommi said 'adios' along with Iommi dismissing the "Idol" band as well with one exception.Retaining Martin as his frontman,and on "Headless Cross" it is easy to see why. Securing a new deal on IRS Records and showcasing talent such as long time keyboard whiz-Geoff Nichols and veteran drummer Cozy Powell (Deep Purple,Whitesnake) Iommi and co. unleash "Cross" in the spring of 1989.This effort wasn't Iommi and his "backing band".Musically,it had the same depth and aura as the self-titled debut back in 1970.Read more ›
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... and every career must have a nadir.
In Sabbath's defense, the late 80's were not the greatest period for hard rock/heavy metal. On one side were the glam bands (Poison, Warrant, etc.) and on the other were the thrash/speed metal bands (Testament, Metallica, etc.). So there really wasn't much of a niche for Black Sabbath in 1989.
The personnel on this album:
Tony Iommi - guitars (of course)
Lawrence Cottle - bass (who?)
Geoff Nichols - keyboards
Cozy Powell - drums
Tony Martin - vocals
Cozy Powell performs *brilliantly* on this album! Unfortunately, the drums are washed out with reverb. The bass is mixed somewhat low, so Cottle may very well be a virtuoso, who can tell? Geoff Nichols does a great job of making the album sound "modern" - which now dates the album pretty seriously.
Tony Martin. He's got a great voice. Range. Power. Consistency. So what's wrong? He doesn't have as much vocal *personality* as either Ozzy or Dio.
It goes without saying that Tony Iommi plays fantastically on the album, even though the riffs are fairly pedestrian for a Sabbath album. It sounds like he's updated his style even, using finger-tapping for the "Devil and Daughter" solo for some reason.
"Gates of Hell" starts it all off, which is essentially a bunch of spooky keyboard noises, leading straight into...
The "Headless Cross". Supposedly there's a story about a bolt of lightning hitting a cross and destroying it and the entire neighboring village died, whatever. You can't tell from the lyrics. The riffs aren't very exciting, and Martin shrieking "THE HEEAAADLESS CROSS!" makes your hair stand on end, though not in the way it was intended.
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After the miscarriage of "Seventh Star" and the utter confusion on "Eternal Idol", Tony Iommi decided to go back to what people wanted to hear from his band: purely evil Heavy F'n Metal!
The music is dark and powerful, and the lyrics are equally demonic, though occasionaly border on self-parody with the "Satan" overkill. But who cares? At least it's Tony Iommi composing in his most preferred style.
A big kick in the pants to these songs is the drumming of new Sabbath recruit (but hard rock drum legend) Cozy Powell, who was probably the best drummer ever for Sabbath with his powerful cannon volleys yet tasteful style.
Also on deck is Queen guitarist, and good buddy of Tony Iommi, Brian May, who performs the guitar solo on "When Death Calls".
Vocalist Tony Martin, though able to carry a tune, is not quite the optimal singer for songs of this nature. His voice is too clean for lyrics like these, sapping them of any aggression they should have had. Without the maniacal edge of Ozzy's early voice, or the aggressive gruffness of Dio's voice, the songs suffer from campiness when sung by a guy who'd be better off singing pop songs.
Produced by Tony Iommi and Cozy Powell, the sonic effect of the album is adequate, with its huge guitars and drums, but is a little washed out with reverb it seems. Yet that's a minor complaint when compared to how good it is to have them back playing some decent music which can definitely, finally, be classified as HEAVY METAL. Without Geezer's bass playing it lacks that final element to make it a Sabbath classic, but it's way better than the previous couple of albums, which didn't even deserve the Sabbath name.
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