25337 Seventh Star
Produced by Jeff Glixman
Released on February 1986
US CHART POSITION #78
Find it at GEMM
25337 LP cover  

A few years passed before Sabbath (sort of) returned with Seventh Star. The project was in fact originally conceived as a Tony Iommi solo album, but as he didn’t have the cachet of an Ozzy or Ritchie Blackmore (disappointing, I know), the album was released as Black Sabbath featuring Tony Iommi. Of course, the record would have invited comparison to Sabbath anyway, in this case leaning decidedly toward the post-Ozzy incarnation of the band. Glenn Hughes is a limber vocalist, sounding at times like Corey Glover from Living Colour, and the rest of the band is serviceable if undistinguished. The material is solid (Iommi acquits himself ably as a lyricist), no worse than the filler you’d find on a Dio or Judas Priest album of the time. Seventh Star did not generate a hit single -- “Danger Zone” is a good choice for the honor, and the album-ending combination of “Angry Heart” and “In Memory…” is a graceful exit, but nothing on here would come up in a conversation of Sabbath’s best music. While the crunch of old is absent, Iommi does catch fire for a few guitar leads, notably on “Heart Like A Wheel.” And if “No Stranger To Love” seems a little light for metal, it is a pretty catchy power ballad all the same. There’s no reason to shun Seventh Star, although it’s probably one of the last Sabbath albums you need to own.

25337 back cover 25337 lyric sleeve
25337 back cover 25337 lyric sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. IN FOR THE KILL    3:48
  2. NO STRANGER TO LOVE    4:28
  3. TURN TO STONE    3:28
  4. SPHINX (THE GUARDIAN)    1:12
  5. SEVENTH STAR    5:20
  6. DANGER ZONE    4:26
  7. HEART LIKE A WHEEL    6:36
  8. ANGRY HEART    3:06
  9. IN MEMORY...    2:36

    All songs written by Anthony Iommi

CREDITS

GLENN HUGHES -- vocals, additional lyrics
TONY IOMMI -- all guitars
GEOFF NICHOLLS -- keyboards, additional lyrics
ERIC SINGER -- drums
DAVE "THE BEAST" SPITZ -- bass
Gordon Copley -- bass (2)
Jeff Glixman -- engineer, additional lyrics

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK February 1986 Vertigo LP/CS VERH/VERHC 29 lyric sleeve
US February 1986 Warner Bros. LP/CS 25337 lyric sleeve
ARG 1986 Vertigo LP 27301  
CAN February 1986 Warner Bros. CS 92 53374  
BRA/NET 1986 Vertigo LP 826 704  
JPN   Teichiku LP TECW 20186  
VEN 1986 Vertigo LP 20066  
UK/GER April 1996 Essential CD ESMCD 335 digitally remastered, lyric sleeve
JPN   Victor CD VICP-61288 digitally remastered

 

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