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Black Sabbath is credited with creating heavy metal. The success of their first two albums - Black Sabbath and Paranoid - marked a paradigm shift in the world of rock. Not until Black Sabbath upended the music scene did the term “heavy metal” enter the popular vocabulary to describe the denser, more thunderous offshoot of rock over which they presided.

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  • Audio CD (October 28, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: WEA/Reprise
  • Run Time: 44 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002LB4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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1. The Shining
2. Ancient Warrior
3. Hard Life To Love
4. Glory Ride
5. Born To Lose
6. Nightmare
7. Scarlet Pimpernel
8. Lost Forever
9. Eternal Idol

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Darth Pariah on October 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album came out in 1987, during the very unsettled period in Black Sabbath's history when lineups changed almost weekly and probably the only one who knew who actually was in the band was Tony Iommi himself!

"The Eternal Idol" followed on from "Seventh Star", the Glenn Hughes-fronted album that was supposed to have been an Iommi solo album. Hughes' drug problems kept him from cutting it live, and American Ray Gillen (later to form Badlands and who died some years ago) replaced him on the live dates. He cut the original vocals for this album and bootlegs of this are floating around.

The album lists Tony Iommi as "The Player" and credits all songs to him, with many other players in the lineup. However, based on the research I've done, the lineup was probably:

TONY IOMMI (of course!) - Guitar


BOB DAISLEY - Bass Guitar



I would also say that Bob Daisley probably had a hand in the lyrics, which he did many times for Ozzy Osbourne and received unjust treatment in return from the Sharon Osbourne corporate machine now controlling virtually anything to do with Ozzy and Sabbath. As anyone familiar with his work with Rainbow, Uriah Heep, Gary Moore and (of course) Ozzy can attest, the Australian is one of heavy rock's best bassists and is criminally under-rated.

This album is most notable for the debut of Tony Martin, another under-rated talent who unfortunately became best known not for his considerable vocal talent (I've seen Sabbath live with him on vocals and can attest to his abilities) but as the band's "farm team" singer - brought in when no-one else would do. That's a shame.
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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Erik Rupp VINE VOICE on April 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
THE ETERNAL IDOL marked the lowpoint for Black Sabbath as far as lineup stability. Ironically, it was also the high water mark for Tony Iommi's songwriting. After failed lineups with Ian Gillan, and then Glenn Hughes as singer, Iommi knew that he had to come back with a classic HEAVEN AND HELL style album. That's exactly what he delivered. Recruiting Tony Martin (after Ray Gillen didn't work out), Iommi proceeded to record what is considered by many fans to be the best Black Sabbath album. An all-star lineup of musicians including drummer Eric Singer (KISS, Badlands) bassist Bob Daisley (Ozzy, Rainbow) and long-time Sabbath keyboard player Geoff Nichols give outstanding performances, as everyone involved seemed to know that anything less than great would be viewed negatively by skeptical fans and critics alike in view of the constant personnel shifts. While album opener "The Shining" gets most of the attention from fans, it is actually one of the weaker songs on the album. It is an outstanding track, but songs like "Hard Life To Love," "Glory Ride," and "Born To Lose" are even better. Tony Martin has been called either "the best singer ever in Sabbath," or "a second-rate Dio clone." The truth is that he is neither. His vocals are reminiscent of Dio, true, but they also bring to mind the voice of David Coverdale. His performance on THE ETERNAL IDOL is very strong, despite the fact that most of the vocal parts were written by another singer (Ray Gillen), and he is a much better fit in Sabbath than either Ian Gillan or Glenn Hughes.Read more ›
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Michael Courtney on January 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Tony Iommi proves why he uses the name Black Sabbath without any of the other original members in the line up. The greatest news with this disc is the arrival of singer Tony Martin, who breathes back to life the vital sound of Black Sabbath. To me this is the best Sabbath ever! While some talk of instability in the line up, Iommi surrounds himself with seasoned veterans Dave Spitz, Bob Daisley, Bev Bevan and Eric Singer. The creditials of those musicians alone show the seriousness of this recording.
Anyone that feels that this album is a let down, also believes that there is no Sabbath without the original band. That's their opinion, this is mine. This is great! Lyrically the band has never been better and the musicianship never more superb, with the possible exception of Seventh Star! This is as good a disc as any group has ever put out. It stays in my jukebox!
The songs here are first rate. I can't even begin to tell you the weakest link, because they are all worthy of airplay. Some of my all-time favorite tracks are "Born to Lose", "Hard Life to Live" and "the Shining". Great tracks are "Nightmare", "Lost Forever" and "Ancient Warrior". Iommi's guitar, Martin's scorching vocals, Singer's skin slammin' combined with the artistry of the additional members weave a tapestry that proves Rock is alive and well. To say this is highly recommended would be an understatement!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 2003
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I think this is one of the best heavy metal albums ever. If they ask me, it's got everything it needs (though I'm really not such an expert in rock music's structure or guitar playing or whatever, I just like to listen to it). This was one of their least succesful albums. Well it shouldn't have been.
They say, if the singer's not Ozzy, then it's not Black Sabbath. Well, maybe it's not Black Sabbath then, but it's still GREAT! Tony Martin IS a great singer too, as well as the others. Also, a band's identity doesn't matter if you like the music.
I won't analyze the songs one by one now, I guess I couldn't even do that. The music is simply fabulous. But this work does have a message in it's entire (which not every album does). I think it says, don't screw up your life and try to live it to the fullest. I like that.
We have to admit, this music was born in the glam period, which most people hate and I don't like it either. So what? We shouldn't judge things by that. All right, the drum snare does sound a bit strange, but that doesn't make it glam music, 'cause it isn't; fortunately, because this style did influence later Sabbath albums.
So you should get this, even if you think it isn't really Black Sabbath.
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