Iommi (album)

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Iommi
Iommialbumcover.jpg
Studio album by Tony Iommi
Released October 17, 2000 (2000-10-17)
Recorded 1996–2000
Studio (see Studios)
Genre Heavy metal
Length 51:08
Label Divine, Priority
Producer Bob Marlette
Tony Iommi chronology
Iommi
(2000)
The 1996 DEP Sessions
(2004)

Iommi is the debut solo album by Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and myriad guest musicians and vocalists.

The album took nearly 5 years to make. All of the songs were written by Iommi, producer Bob Marlette and the respective vocalists of each track (except "Black Oblivion", which was written by only Iommi and Billy Corgan).

According to Tony Iommi, he and Phil Anselmo had recorded three tracks together for the album, but only one was put onto the album. Iommi has also said he "Wrote a couple of tracks with Billy Idol and two with Billy Corgan, but you know, we could only use one of each".

Other songs written[edit]

In an interview with Cosmik Conversations, Iommi said that they "actually wrote a few tracks with Billy [Idol]...three with Phil Anselmo...and two tracks with Billy Corgan, but you know, we could only use one of each."[1] There is also a track entitled "Something Wicked This Way Comes" written and recorded with Scooter Ward of the band Cold that was not included on the album. The bulk of the music for that track was used for Peter Steele's song, "Just Say No to Love." The track has been available through various filesharing networks. One of the unreleased tracks with Phil Anselmo is a faster-paced song entitled "Inversion of the Saviours".[2] It has also been available through various file sharing networks.

Black Sabbath band members and former members on the album[edit]

Iommi's career is closely linked to his time in Black Sabbath, a band he led from its formation in 1968 to its semi-retirement in 1999, and has continued to lead during sporadic reunions (in 2001, in some form or another every year from 2004 to 2007 and again from 2011 to the present). Subsequently Iommi formed the band Heaven & Hell, a group featuring a collection of former Black Sabbath band members that had performed together under the Black Sabbath name in the past. A number of musicians associated with Black Sabbath appear on Iommi.

Track nine features Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath vocalist (1968–1979, 1996–2006, 2011-present) and drummer Bill Ward (1968–1980, 1983–1984, 1994, 1997–2006, 2011–2012). The track also features Laurence Cottle on bass, the session bassist for Black Sabbath's studio album Headless Cross.[3] Cottle also features on tracks 3-5 and 7-9. Tracks 3 and 7 feature guitarist Brian May (of Queen), who had previously guest performed with Sabbath on their 1989 tour, performing a guitar solo on the Headless Cross album.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[4]
Rock Hard (de) 8/10[5]

In 2005, Iommi was ranked number 451 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Guest musicians Length
1. "Laughing Man (In the Devil Mask)"   Iommi, Marlette, Rollins
3:42
2. "Meat"   Iommi, Marlette, Skin
4:55
3. "Goodbye Lament"   Iommi, Marlette, Grohl
4:52
4. "Time is Mine"   Iommi, Marlette, Anselmo
4:58
5. "Patterns"   Iommi, Marlette, Tankian
  • Serj Tankian – vocals
  • Laurence Cottle – bass
  • Jimmy Copley – drums
4:22
6. "Black Oblivion"   Iommi, Corgan
8:22
7. "Flame On"   Iommi, Marlette, Astbury
  • Ian Astbury – vocals
  • Laurence Cottle – bass
  • Matt Cameron – drums
4:31
8. "Just Say No to Love"   Iommi, Marlette, Steele
  • Peter Steele – vocals, bass
  • Laurence Cottle – bass
  • Matt Cameron – drums
4:29
9. "Who's Fooling Who"   Iommi, Marlette, Osbourne
6:12
10. "Into the Night"   Iommi, Marlette, Idol
5:06
Total length:
51:08

Credits[edit]

Writing, performance and production credits are adapted from the album liner notes.

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

Visual art[edit]

  • Art Shoji – art direction
  • Maggie Magarian – art direction, design
  • William Hames – photography
  • Ross Halfin – photography
  • Mike Clement – photography
  • Gene Kirkland – photography
  • JMO Design – logo

Studios[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[7] 43
US Billboard 200[8] 129

References[edit]

  1. ^ Johnson, DJ. "TONY IOMMI (of Black Sabbath)". A 6th Year of Cosmik Conversations. Cosmik Conversations. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Interview: Philip Anselmo Talks Down, Dime and Lost Iommi Tracks". 
  3. ^ "AllMusic Headless Cross credits". Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  4. ^ Allmusic review
  5. ^ Rensen, Michael. "Rock Hard". issue 162. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  6. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 27. ISBN 3-89880-517-4. 
  7. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Tony Iommi – Iommi" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts.
  8. ^ "Tony Iommi – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Tony Iommi.