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Seventh Star

Black Sabbath Audio CD
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1. In For The Kill
2. No Stranger To Love
3. Turn To Stone
4. Sphinx (The Guardian)
5. Seventh Star
6. Danger Zone
7. Heart Like A Wheel
8. Angry Heart
9. In Memory...

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Digitally remastered and expanded deluxe two CD edition of this 1986 album including bonus tracks. Seventh Star was the 12th official Black Sabbath studio album and reached the #27 position in the UK and #78 in the US. This expanded edition of the album adds the U.S. remix of the `No Stranger To Love' single and also for the very first time on CD, a live performance from London's Hammersmith Odeon in June '86 which features then unknown American singer, Ray Gillen on lead vocals who was brought-in to complete the tour following the departure of Glenn Hughes due to illness. Sanctuary. 2010.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seventh Heaven Dec 15 2010
By LeBrain HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The only Black Sabbath album with Glenn Hughes on vocals. The only one released under the somewhat silly name "Black Sabbath Featuring Tony Iommi". The first one to feature no original members except Tony himself, with Geezer and Bill departing after the disasterous hiring of a new singer named Dave "Donut" Donato, a male model. That bore no fruit, and Iommi instead toiled away on what he intended to be his first solo album....

Finally, Seventh Star has been given the Deluxe Edition treatment. I've been waiting for some kind of official release of the music video version of "No Stranger To Love" for 24 years. Finally it is available on this Deluxe Edition, along with a pretty good live show featuring Ray Gillen on vocals. I already have a Ray show on bootleg (a very common one called The Ray Gillen Years) but this is a completely different show with a different setlist.

Seventh Star as an album probably never should have been released under the Black Sabbath name. It's truly a solo album that Warner Bros didn't want to release as a Tony Iommi album. So here it is, an official Sabbath album. If that didn't occur, would Sabbath as an entity even have continued? I doubt it. Sabbath here consists of:

Tony Iommi - guitars
Glenn Hughes - lead vocals
Dave "The Beast" Spitz - bass
Eric Singer - drums
Geoff Nicholls - keyboards

Only Iommi and Nicholls remain from previous Sabbath lineups. You know Glenn Hughes of course from his soulful wail in Deep Purple, and Eric Singer from his later work in Kiss. Here, the five musicians coalesce into a more commercial version of Black Sabbath. The hard hitting riffs are still there, the frenetic solos, the mystical lyrics, the pounding drums. Yet these songs are more melodic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars More like a 3.5 April 19 2013
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Many people thought that Sabbath had run its course by the mid 80's. The Ian Gillen experiment didn't work out (I still like Born Again even though many don't) and Sabbath was down to Tony Iommi and little else. It was supposed to be a solo album but he was persuaded to use the Sabbath moniker and move forward. Good choice. While these tunes are unlike Sabbath of old, they still have some of the characteristics. Iommi's heavy riffs, pounding bass lines and somewhat heavy drums. "In For The Kill" has all of these and more. Even the ballad "No Stranger To Love" has its merits, including a pretty solid solo from Iommi.
It's not your typical Sabbath album, but give it a listen anyway. You'll find more similarities with classic Sabbath than differences.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not A Black Sabbath Album But It's Still Good May 6 2010
By Tommy Sixx Morais TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
To some Black Sabbath was Ozzy's old band, to some it was the band that had 3 albums with Dio but to real followers of the band who stuck long after either of those singers left Black Sabbath. Those are people who don't understand that Iommi IS Black Sabbath, he continued the band once the success was a thing of the past because Sabbath is his baby and just couldn't watch it die. Iommi kept Sabbath alive because he was the only one who never left and he has seen many musicians come in and out of the band over the years. "Seventh Star" was released in 1986 and was supposed to be Iommi's solo album, that's the way it turned out because it doesn't sound so much like Sabbath but the record company wanted to label it as a Black Sabbath album. The album was credited as Black Sabbath Featuring Tony Iommi" to please everyone; it's ironic because by this point Iommi was the only original and real member of the band by this point!

In my opinion the singer for the album Glen Huges (former Deep Purple) is a much better singer than he is given credit for; he is simply underrated because of the legendary singers that were in Black Sabbath before him: Ozzy Osbourne, Ronnie James Dio and Ian Gillian. For some Black Sabbath fans there is nothing good at all after Ozzy or Dio, that is understandable but those fans choose to overlook "Seventh Star" and the rest of the albums the band released and may miss out on some great music. Huges sounds great on songs like "In For The Kill" and the title track, I remembered him from early Deep Purple albums and thought he sounded great on those as well, he's an excellent singer.

Seventh Star has some great songs: "In For The Kill" is without a doubt the heaviest song here with a Sabbath sounding riff, I think it's one of the best songs on the whole album.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Iommi's real first solo album Dec 26 2009
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The only reason this was called a Sabbath album was due to pressure on Iommi from management, to which he acquiesced. The Sabbath name took a bit of a hit as a result, and the album never did very well. That's too bad, because once you get past the Sabbath controversy it's a pretty good hard rock album with strong tracks, good playing and decent if not great production. Mine is an English import (Seventh Star was never released in NA on CD) and it sounds a little muddy. Not great but certainly worth a listen, and tracks like the title track, "Heart Like a Wheel" and "Danger Zone" are worth the price of admission. As well, it's a great opportunity to hear Eric Singer (KISS) beat skins in a different context.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disc 2 is basically a bootleg. Nov. 23 2010
By D. J. OConnor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
All is well with the ongoing reissue program except for the fact that the live disc included here is of HORRENDOUS sound quality and prospective buyers should've been told so in the advertising and packaging. It's no more than an audience bootleg and that's a real shame.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seventh Star Great, but no live extras w/ Glenn a dissapointment... Nov. 16 2010
By clayopalstar - Published on Amazon.com
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Seventh Star is an excellent 80's style Tony Iommi solo metal album. Calling it Black Sabbath backfired as a sales incentive, angering many Black Sabbath fans who would have been more open minded to the records different styles if it had been labeled ONLY as a Tony Iommi solo project. And it would still be long forgotten without the excellent soulful vocals of Glenn Hughes, "The Voice Of Rock". He makes the average songs good, and the good ones incredible! Heart Like A Wheel, Danger Zone, Angry Heart and In Memory are standout tracks because they DON"T sound like Black Sabbath. A unique record in the 'Sabbath timeline.
It's the bonus live tracks that dissapointed me so badly. Glenn was sick/in a fight and got his nose broken/having drug issues (or all of the above) just before the Seventh Star tour, and was in no shape vocally to perform. Glenn stuck it out anyway and sang on March 21, 1986 in Cleveland. It was rough in parts, but the show went over well. After that, Glen fell apart more each performance, and was replaced by Ray Gillen within days.
The live bonus tracks feature Ray instead of Glenn on vocals, and that's where things go wrong. Whether you're a Ray Gillen fan or not,these live versions are nothing like the Seventh Star studio tracks! The first (and best) live show that Glenn Hughes performed with Black Sabbath (Cleveland 3/21/86) should have been remastered and added as the bonus tracks... they are the only ones that compliment the Seventh Star release and would have truly let you hear and judge this unique "Black Sabbath" lineup live before it's brief time was up.
24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good...but don't expect Sabbath Sept. 13 2006
By Lunar Strain - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Seventh Star is a real anomaly in the Black Sabbath album catalogue. The first thing that makes this album stand out as odd is the long title. The name "Black Sabbath featuring Tony Iommi" made more than a few Sabbath fans raise an eyebrow. The cover itself is less than extraordinary with a very blah photo of Tony in a leather jacket. At first glace, this album looks like it's going to be bad...but thankfully it isn't.

Apparently after the disappointing release of 1983's Born Again the band went their separate ways and began to work on solo projects. Iommi got a new group together (including ex-Deep Purple vocalist Glen Hughes) and began working on a solo project. Sadly due to studio pressure, Iommi was force to release his solo album under the Black Sabbath name. I guess he got back at the studio by adding the moniker "featuring Tony Iommi" under the Sabbath name. This could also be a way to warn fans that this isn't a true Sabbath album.

Because this technically is Tony Iommi's first solo album it shouldn't come as a surprise that this does not sound exactly like Black Sabbath. So it doesn't sound like Sabbath...but does that make it bad? Oh hell no as this album is actually quit good. The music is far from the doomy style Sabbath material and is more upbeat straight ahead 80's heavy metal.

The album opens with the fast paced rocker In for the Kill. I will admit I am not familiar with Glenn Hughes's vocals when he sang for Deep Purple but he fits the music well. A dang fine voice if you ask me. No Stranger to Love is a power ballad and the albums one single. For a ballad this isn't bad and I actually like it quit a bit. Turn to Stone is another power rocker that has a wonderful 80's style metal ring to it.

Sphinx is one of those passable "atmospheric" intros into a song and the Song Seventh Star is a slower, more melodic song. Danger Zone isn't bad, but don't worry it's not a cover of the popular Kenny Loggin's song from the movie Top Gun. The last three songs are rather passable but the first half is top rate.

Some people frown on this release because it doesn't sound like Sabbath but it again it was never meant to. If you go into this album knowing it was supposed to be a Tony Iommi solo album I think more people will find it to their liking.

Though I like this album, I am glad Iommi would reform the Sabbath band for the next album The Eternal Idol and return to more of a doomy (with 80's style flavor) Sabbath musical mold.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sabbath Returns To Blues Rock Roots! June 4 2011
By Randall Brooks - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After the "Born Again" tour ended, Ian Gillan and Bev Bevan took off, leaving Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler yet again in a bad spot, needing to rebuild their band, Black Sabbath. An attempt was made in 84 with the return of Bill Ward, and new-comer vocalist David Donato, but that lasted only for a few photo shoots, and maybe a couple of rehearsals before falling apart. Then in 85 the original Black Sabbath reunited for "Live Aid", and there were rumors of them reuniting for good. Thank God that didn't happen!

Iommi and Butler branched off (or one could say that Butler left Sabbath, and that's the way I see it) to do solo projects. However, Sabbath still owed WB Records a 'Black Sabbath' record, plus WB execs, after hearing what Iommi had recorded with bassist Dave "The Beast" Spitz, drummer Eric Singer, and vocalist Glenn Hughes (one-time bassist/vocalist for Deep Purple), they urged Iommi to release it under the Black Sabbath name. Something that he would have been a fool not to have done! I've just always hated the 'featuring Tony Iommi' part under the Sabbath name. It was (and still is) a 'catch-22' situation: If it would have been released as a Tony Iommi solo album, critics and fans alike would have bashed it, calling it a Sabbath knock-off, and released as a Sabbath album, it was bashed for not being released as a solo album.

However, the album did pretty well, and Sabbath were born again yet again! Opening with the fierce and heavy and fast "In For the Kill", they let you know from the get go they are back with a vengeance. From the start I was hooked immediately. It took me a while to get used to the whole new 'double bass drum' sound of "Turn to Stone", love the title track, have been back and forth on "Danger Zone", and the rest I love as well. The ballad "No Stranger To Love" reminds me a LOT of earlier Sabbath 'ballads' like "You Won't Change Me", "Changes", "Solitude", et al, even though it is a bit more radio-friendly.

Drummer Eric Singer should not only be credited for being one of the greatest drummers in rock (then unknown, stolen from the Lita Ford band, but to go on to working with the likes of Alice Cooper and KISS), but for introducing Sabbath fans to the double bass drum kit sound in the confines of Sabbath. Yes, Bill Ward had a double bass kit, but he was (and still is) a King of the Single Bass, as is Vinnie Appice. The already mentioned "In For The Kill" and "Turn To Stone" are solid rockers that are furthered along with Eric's mean kick a** drumming.

But, the real treat on this album (if those weren't good enough) are the very bluesy numbers "Heart Like A Wheel", "Angry Heart", "Danger Zone", and "In Memory" (and the already mentioned "No Stranger To Love"). This is the blues like only Iommi and Sabbath could play it (and remember, Black Sabbath were a blues group from the outset). Very haunting riffs blended with Hughes' unique soulful blues voice just brings this album to life!

And, if that's all not good enough, there is a real great 'mystic' track on here! An instrumental called "Sphinx (The Guardian)" blends into the title track for one of the best Black Sabbath songs since "Heaven And Hell" and/or "Lonely Is the Word" from the "Heaven And Hell" album.

Personally, I am SO glad that this was released as a Black Sabbath cd instead of an Iommi solo project, for if it had been released back then as an Iommi solo project, not only would it have been slammed for already said reasons, but it would have ended up in the same cut-out bins with Jimmy Page's "Outrider". Does anyone remember that one??? It was actually pretty good. Page should have taken a cue from Iommi and tried calling that a Zep record, and maybe it would still be talked about to this day like "Seventh Star" is...Then again, maybe not, because this has withstood the test of time because it is great music from a great band.

And, this set live was phenomenal! Even though Glenn was fired after only 5 days on the road and the AWESOME Ray Gillen was brought in to replace him, it was a great year for Sabbath live! This version of the band was AWESOME live! They definitely deserved to be called Black Sabbath! So, if for only that, I am so glad this was released as a Sabbath album, for it helped keep them going on through the 90's. Thank you. :>)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better choices were available for 2nd disc March 30 2011
By C. Oberst - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this album on vinyl when it first came out and have always liked it, though it is pretty short (only about 35 minutes or so). It's a Tony Iommi solo album that the record company stupidly insisted on releasing as a Sabbath album. Forget the name on the cover. It's a VERY GOOD Iommi solo album, with great hard rock songs and a killer vocal performance by Glenn Hughes. On this deluxe edition, the bonus track on the first CD is the alternate mix of "No Stranger To Love" that was released as a single--it has more keyboards and was probably intended to be more 'radio-friendly'. Not a major inclusion, but nice to have.

It would have been nice to have some demos with a few of the other singers that were tried before Glenn Hughes was brought in, including the infamous Jeff Fenholt. Maybe Iommi doesn't feel comfortable sharing that material or no longer has access to it.

The second disc in the deluxe edition is really why I'm writing this review. It's a live recording from the very last gig of the Seventh Star tour in London in 1986, several months after Ray Gillen had replaced Glenn Hughes on vocals. The performance is good but the sound isn't so great. I don't mind so much, since it's nice to have this recording available. However, the record label should have sought out an excellent recording that exists of an earlier gig in San Antonio, Texas featuring the same lineup. I have it on cassette somewhere, and the sound quality (it was a radio broadcast) is fantastic. Plus, it's a longer show.

Oh well, at least we have this release.
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