7 Deadly Zens

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7 Deadly Zens
Studio album by Tommy Shaw
Released June 30, 1998
Genre Rock
Length 60:06
Label CMC International
Producer Tommy Shaw
Eddie Ashworth
Tommy Shaw chronology
Ambition
(1987)
7 Deadly Zens
(1998)
The Great Divide
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

7 Deadly Zens is a solo album from Styx guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw. It was released in 1998 by CMC International Records.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Tommy Shaw, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Ocean"     3:33
2. "Stop Knockin'"   Tommy Shaw/Gerry Goffin/Barry Goldberg 5:17
3. "All in How You Say It"   Tommy Shaw/Gerry Goffin 4:47
4. "What Do You Want From Life"     4:37
5. "In This Night"     3:55
6. "Half a Mind"     3:58
7. "Straight Down the Line"   Tommy Shaw/Jack Blades 5:01
8. "Diamond"     4:24
9. "Inspiration"     5:55
10. "Who I Am"     7:08
11. "Down on the Ground"     5:53
12. "A Place to Call My Own"     5:40
13. "It Doesn't Show (Hidden Track)"      
14. "How Should I Feel" (Japanese Bonus Track)"     4:55

Personnel[edit]

  • Tommy Shaw: all guitars, mandolins, baritone guitars
  • Ted Nugent: lead guitar on tracks 1 & 12
  • Jeffery "C.J." Vanston: Hammond B-3, Wurlitzer & Fender-Rhodes electric pianos on tracks 2, 3, 8 & 10
  • Kirk Helle: extremely noisy guitars & things on tracks 1, 2, 3, 7, 10 & 11; string arrangements
  • Jack Blades: bass guitar
  • John Pierce: bass guitar
  • Marco Mendoza: bass guitar
  • Todd Sucherman: drums
  • Michael Cartellone: additional drums
  • Umfante': all percussion; all background vocals except on track 10
  • Maxine, Julia & Oren Waters: background vocals on track 10
  • Jerry Goodman: terrifying violin solo on track 2
  • The 7 Deadly Zens Quartet: David Lowe, Jerry Goodman, Vivian, Oscar: strings
  • Murmuring Tommyncale Choir: choral group
  • Kevin Cronin: duet vocal on track 7
  • Alison Krauss: duet vocal on track 6
  • Ed Roland: middle eight vocal on track 1
  • Asfoon Kia: castanets on track 11
  • Keith Marks: additional engineering (guitar solos & keyboards)
  • Ted Nugent, Marina Sirtis, Angie Dickinson, Umfante': spoken words

Enhanced CD[edit]

Enhanced CD features include:

  • QuickTime videos on the making of the album, with studio footage and clips with Kevin Cronin, Alison Kraus and Ted Nugent
  • photos
  • song lyrics
  • web links

References[edit]