This album was never meant to be a “Black Sabbath” album. It was named as such late in the recording process. Fans were expecting a typical Sabbath approach and some were dissappointed. When you look at is as the solo project it was meant to be and give the songs a chance, you will discover a really tight well recorded album. Several tracks are very catchy. If you like a bluesy feel, then “Heart Like A Wheel” will appeal to you. No Stranger To Love is the real star here though several others are certainly worthy of a listen as well. Don’t expect classic Sabbath and you will find an enjoyable album.
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…who cares? I grew up with Ozzy-era Sabbath, and did not buy another Sabbath album after he left. I am not a fan of Heavy Metal anymore, but I AM a Tony Iommi fan, and what this is, is a Tony Iommi CD. The lyrics are typical HM sclock, but Iommi’s playing is great.
We bought this album in the 80’s and quickly figured it was a Tony Iommi solo album. In fact, it never should have been strapped with the Black Sabbath title, because I think that unfairly biased many people against what is a very good album.
After two decades, I burned it to CD so I could listen to it on my long commute to work. After giving it a fair listen, I must say I like it a lot better than when I first heard it. Back then, I was also expecting something in the vein of Black Sabbath and was likely disappointed and shelved it. Now I’m glad I have given it another go.
I had no idea Tony Iommy was such a good guitarist! I mean, he would do a bit of soloing here and there among the drudgy riffing of Sabbath, but I was surprised he could really cut it with more standard metal. The songs here are full of his riffs and lots of jamming. This is a guitar player’s album and I now have a much greater appreciation for his guitar and songwriting skills.
After listening to it several times, I have no specific favorite cut as they all have their merits. This was quite a pleasant surprise. Highly recommended.
This CD should not be called Black Sabbath, but rather a Immoi original. Don’t get me wrong, it is a good rocking CD, but it is not what Sabbath fans are used to. All the music has the Tony Iommi influence and distinctive sound and the chemistry with Glen Hughes is great. The songs like Seventh Star and In for the Kill will rock your socks off, but songs like No Stranger to love are too Journey like, thus not making the grade. As with other ventures between Iommi and Huges, it has its good and bad, but still a keeper if you are an Iommi fan after the true Black Sabbath of Ozzy and Dio era.
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.