Seventh Star

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Seventh Star
Studio album by Black Sabbath
Released 28 January 1986
Recorded 1985 at Cheshire Sound Studios, Atlanta
Genre Heavy metal
Length 34:55
Language English
Label Vertigo
Warner Bros. (US/Canada)
Producer Jeff Glixman
Black Sabbath chronology
Born Again
(1983)
Seventh Star
(1986)
The Eternal Idol
(1987)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars[2]
Classic Rock 5/10 stars[3]
Martin Popoff 7/10 stars[4]

Seventh Star is the twelfth studio album by British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in January 1986. It was also the group's first release without bassist Geezer Butler, who left the band in 1984 after the Born Again tour, leaving guitarist Tony Iommi as the sole original member left in the band.

It was originally written, recorded, and intended to be the first solo album by Iommi, but due to pressures by Warner Bros. Records and the prompting of band manager Don Arden, the record was billed as Black Sabbath featuring Tony Iommi. Glenn Hughes, ex-Deep Purple bassist and vocalist, was lead singer but did not play bass on this release.

Album information[edit]

As was the case with its predecessor, Born Again, this album was not originally intended to be a Black Sabbath record. It was last-minute pressure from Warner Bros. to stamp the Black Sabbath name onto it due to the belief that it was more likely to sell records with the already famous name. Because of this, its sound is a drastic (and intentional) departure from trademark Sabbath sound. Many of the songs have a very hard rock sound, while some contain a bluesy feel (especially "Heart Like a Wheel"). Seventh Star was the first album to feature long-time keyboardist Geoff Nicholls as an official band member.[5]

The promo-single and video version of "No Stranger to Love" had additional harmony vocals added by Hughes to make it more "radio-friendly". Actress Denise Crosby, who would later portray Tasha Yar in Star Trek: The Next Generation, was featured in the video.

There was a tour for the album, but Hughes only performed at the first few shows. Hughes was sacked five dates into the tour, and replaced by Ray Gillen, who completed both the North American and European legs of the tour, though several dates in the US were cancelled. Anthrax was the supporting act on their North American tour.

Glenn Hughes has performed "No Stranger to Love", "Seventh Star" and "Heart Like a Wheel" at some of his live concerts.[citation needed] "I really like Seventh Star," Tony Martin told Sabbath fanzine Southern Cross, "mainly because I admire Glenn Hughes' voice."[6]

It peaked at number 78 on the Billboard 200 chart.[7]

Seventh Star was re-released in Europe on 1 November 2010, in a special edition 2 disc set. Disc 2 includes a concert recorded in 1986, with Ray Gillen performing vocals for the band. In addition, the single version of No Stranger to Love was included as a bonus track on disc 1.[8]

Track listings[edit]

Music by Tony Iommi; lyrics by Tony Iommi, Glenn Hughes, Geoff Nicholls and Jeff Glixman.

Side one
  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
Side two
  1. "Danger Zone" – 4:23
  2. "Heart Like a Wheel" – 6:35
  3. "Angry Heart" – 3:06
  4. "In Memory..." – 2:35
2010 Deluxe Edition Disc 1 bonus track
  1. "No Stranger to Love" (Single Remix)

2010 Deluxe Edition Disc 2[edit]

Recorded at Hammersmith Odeon in London, on 2 June 1986, featuring Ray Gillen performing vocals

  1. "The Mob Rules"
  2. "Danger Zone"
  3. "War Pigs"
  4. "Seventh Star"
  5. "Die Young"
  6. "Black Sabbath"
  7. "N.I.B."
  8. "Neon Knights"
  9. "Paranoid"

Personnel[edit]

Black Sabbath

Additional

  • Gordon Copley – bass guitar (on "No Stranger to Love")
  • Ray Gillen – vocals (on "2010 Deluxe Edition – Disc 2")

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
United Kingdom 28 January 1986 Vertigo Records
United States 1986 Warner Bros. Records
Canada 1986 Warner Bros. Records
United Kingdom 1996 Castle Communications
United Kingdom 2004 Sanctuary Records
United Kingdom 2010 Sanctuary Records/Universal Music Group

Chart performance[edit]

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Rivadavida, Eduardo. "Black Sabbath: Seventh Star > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Black Sabbath: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Elliott, Paul (January 2011). "Black Sabbath – Reissues". Classic Rock 153. London, UK: Future plc. p. 112. 
  4. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5. 
  5. ^ "Iommi with Glenn Hughes: The 1996 DEP Sessions". melodicrock.com. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Southern Cross (ISSN 0966-5064), No.10, May 1993
  7. ^ "Seventh Star: Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums" at AllMusic. Retrieved 31 January 2009.
  8. ^ Siegler, Joe (15 September 2010). Black-Sabbath.com Ray "Gillen Eternal Idol to be released – FOR REAL!". black-sabbath.com. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 

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