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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 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 Ozzy.Yes..in 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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Format: Audio CD
This is hands down the best Tony Martin Black Sabbath album. Ozzy was the charisma, Dio was...well, Dio, a few other forgetable vocalists, with Tony Martin the last replacement easily possessing the most legitmate voice and best vocal range. I tend to like singers with a multi-octave range instead of the generic because genericism pisses me off for its unoriginality. Easily one of the scariest Black Sabbath albums, the title track features brilliant lyrics courtesy of Tony Martin. Tony Martin wrote the only genuinely Satanic Black Sabbath lyrics, even if they are still hypocritically warning against the occult. This is recommended for genre fans for breathing new life into what was then a parody of a career a la Spinal Tap. What began as a breath of fresh air with The Eternal Idol was fully realized with Headless Cross.
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Format: Audio CD
... 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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