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Iommi

Tony IommiAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (October 17, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Priority Records
  • ASIN: B00004XR1P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,253 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Laughing Man (In The Devil Mask)
2. Meat
3. Goodbye Lament
4. Time Is Mine
5. Patterns
6. Black Oblivion
7. Flame On
8. Just Say No To Love
9. Who's Fooling Who
10. Into The Night

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A diverse cast of characters helped create this impressive, four-years-in-the-works solo debut from legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi. The vintage ultra-heavy Sabbath musicality gives the disc a cohesiveness despite the variety of voices and lyrics penned by 10 different singers. Skin (of Skunk Anansie) has a lovely, precise delivery that contrasts with the dirgelike feel of "Meat," while Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl turns in a performance that mixes the Foos, Nine Inch Nails, and Sabbath on "Goodbye Lament." Ian Astbury's dramatic vocals on "Flame On" are especially suited to the material, which in this case sounds like Danzig. Also perfect for the portentous vibe is Billy Idol, whose sensual snarl and trademark "yow!" on "Into the Night" is a highlight, despite lame lyrics. A few singers miss the mark: Type O Negative's Peter Steele's deep bass out-Goths the material and Henry Rollins sounds silly. But Iommi's stellar strategic solos (at times they achieve a Jimmy Page-like mysticism) and retro Sabbath stylings make Iommi a must-listen for old-school metal mongers. Black light posters optional. --Katherine Turman

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Triumphant Return ... October 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The long awaited solo effort from the heavy metal riffmaster Tony Iommi is here at last. And was it ever worth the wait. Not that Tony Iommi had gone anywhere, but in the years before his reunion with the almighty original lineup of Black Sabbath, he didn't exactly enhance his legacy with a string of Black Sabbath albums in the late 80's and early 90's that simply were not up to the lofty standards set by the group's earlier material. Tony Iommi introduced a completely new guitar style tuning lower and playing louder than anyone before him had ever dared. Tony has created some of the most memorable riffs in the history of heavy music. His influence is felt far and wide, as seen by the wide range of performers that appear on Iommi. From the first chord of the first track (which features Henry Rollins on vocals) it is apparent that Tony means business on an album that many people feel is an indicator of the future direction of his career. This album is a showcase for Tony's many talents, including his unquestionable songwriting abilities, as well as his ability to work in guitar solos that add to the song rather than overpower it. Tony does an excellent job of playing to each guest vocalist's stregnths, complimenting their talents rather than overshadowing them. Not being much of a Foo Fighters fan, I expected little from Dave Grohl, but what I found was a very good and inspired performance. Time is Mine, which features Pantera's Phil Anselmo on vocals, shows that Tony is not afraid to update his sound for a new era of music, while staying true true to the qualties that make him a living legend. Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spot on delivery February 14, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Anything Iommi does has his tradmark quality on it. Whilst it is not the "sound alike" mess that too many heavy guitarists seem to indulge in, it is without a doubt a very listenable work, and if you don't like one of the vocalists, you are bound to like at least some of the others.

Worth a try, Worth a buy .. the Man delivers in all respects, and for a variety of people. Of course I like Ozzy's work the best, but I can appreciate the remainder since a classic master is helming the ship into the great waters Iommi himself has chartered.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it just for the guitar work! December 22, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is actually the legendary (former?) Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi's second solo album. 1986's excellent "Seventh Star" with Glenn Hughes on vocals was his first. It only came out as "Black Sabbath Featuring Tony Iommi" due to record company pressure.

This album is not at all bad for his first effort definitely stepping outside the confines of Sabbath. He has, of course, many guest vocalists on hand. My age and out-of-tuneness with the "nu-metal" scene shows in that the only vocalists on here I have actually heard sing are Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol and former Pantera vocalist (RIP "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott) Philip Anselmo!

Tony's bud Brian May appears on several tracks and the album is the better for it as the former Queen maestro is the only guitarist I can see sounding good with Tony. See "When Death Calls" on Sabbath's "Headless Cross" album for further proof.

With Tony writing and playing guitar, of course it's HEAVY. Thank God for that. Some people probably wanted him to do a self-indulgent instrumental showcase, but with Tony, the song has always been more important. And the songs here are, for the most part, good, though there is a little bit too much of a "'90s" flavour to most of them for my tastes, as with "Flame On" and "Just Say No To Love." However, the latter has a bit of humour as Peter Steele sings "you left me for Tony Iommi!"

The most-noticed track here is the almost-Black Sabbath reunion of "Who's Fooling Who", which features both Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward. It definitely has that early Sabbath sound to it. Why didn't Tony get Geezer Butler and make it a REAL Sabbath song? It's far better than the two studio tracks on Black Sabbath's "Reunion" album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Why wasn't this album huge? August 22, 2005
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I am more of a greatest-hits Sabbath fan rather than a total Sabbath freak but I have a healthy admiration for Mr. Iommi's guitar skills and was mildly interested when this all-star-guest-singer (ala Santana) solo album was released.

I can't say that I love every song here but I was really blown away by the contributions from Henry Rollins, Dave Grohl and Billy Corgan and the Ozzy, Ian Astbury, Billy Idol contributions are plenty of fun too.

These songs are super-heavy but also very catchy and to my ears fit right into the hard rock / neo metal radio format of the time (that played plenty of Sabbath / Ozzy). I could never understand why this record wasn't huge, why was Goodbye Lament not a rock radio single? Oh well, I advise you to buy this used ASAP and crank it up.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Metal Lives!! October 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Well, just when everybody said heavy metal (the good stuff, not Sliknot...ick) was dead, here comes Tony Iommi, the Godfather, the Originator, THE first true heavy metal guitarist of the first true Heavy Metal band (forget Page). Black Sabbath fans rejoice, this is Sabbath version 2 (Yes, I know the band has changed 8 kazillion times). What I mean is, Tony's extremely dark riffs are there in all their gloom, but his guitar playing has evolved way beyond his most famous stuff with Black Sabbath. The whole album is like this: early 70s Sabbath riffs + Modern faster riffs + cool solos + modern vocals and drums=Tony Iommi! This album also features a host of extremely famous singers, including Henry Rollins, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, The cool singer from System of a Down (not that I like the band), Billy Corgan, Billy Idol, and...yes, folks...OZZY OSBOURNE!!! YES!! THE OZZMAN COMETH!! Though this may not be a good thing. Those who thought his voice was weird in his classic stuff should prepare for a bombardment of Ozzy gone bizarre....Interesting though, Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward plays drums on that song ("Who's Fooling Who")...Also, Brian May, famed guitarist of Queen plays 2nd guitar on some songs. Here is my breakdown of the songs (the ones I like best) Laughing Man (In the Devil Mask)-with Henry Rollins, this is a fast, harsh song, with a -gasp-fast solo! Meat-Incredibly heavy riffs, interesting singer (Skin) Goodbye Lament-catchy song with the Foo Fighters guy Patterns-With Serj Tankian of System of a Down, VERY cool singer, very cool song! More heavy riffing, semi-chanted lyrics Black Oblivion-long epic song with Billy Corgan, very fantasy-like. Who's Fooling Who-WITH OZZY!! Need I say more? Into the Night-Another fantasy metal adventure.... Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated album from an underrated artist
This is one of the best metal CD's I have, and I have lots!
There isn't a bad song on this album. Read more
Published 18 days ago by tyedye
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked and underrated
This is a great album from one of the original masters of metal. Tony Iommi's heavy-handed guitar work is paired with a contemporary rhythm section studded with other classic... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Adam Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars The Metal Magician
Tony never ceases to amaze me. After all these year and all these rifts he still manages to come up with more that are as interesting as the last. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Steven H. Barr
5.0 out of 5 stars pretty good
The description of the singers who "missed the mark" is wrong in my opinion. I bought this cd just for the song Peter Steele sung. His voice is wonderfully deep and strong.
Published 18 months ago by Bella
5.0 out of 5 stars There are two types
of heavy metal gutarists:Those who admit they wish they were Tony Iommi and those who lie and say they don't.
Stellar CD.
Published on May 18, 2012 by Billazona
5.0 out of 5 stars satisfied
I bought this for someone, and the absolutely love it! It was very reasonably priced and this is a very hard cd to find!
Published on September 22, 2011 by satisfied
5.0 out of 5 stars masterfull used of revolving door of singers with the king of of metal...
great songs here many should have been sabbath tunes one song even has ozzy and bill ward on it you know it's heavy,phil from pantera track rocks,pete from type O neg solid... Read more
Published on August 11, 2011 by john F'n doe
4.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece by the master himself
I love this album!
It's so good and holds such a high quality. It's a collection of songs and different singers brought together on one album. Read more
Published on May 25, 2011 by Daniel Appelkvist
2.0 out of 5 stars Perspective is Key to this recording
Your enjoyment on this recording might hinge upon whether you are truly a Black Sabbath fan, or a fan of modern rock music. Read more
Published on April 5, 2011 by Take No Prisoners
5.0 out of 5 stars The return of Iommi
Thanks God. This album is what we were waiting for a long time from Iommi. Its heavy in the old Black Sabbath sound but in a fresh new way. Read more
Published on February 13, 2011 by KOURKOULOS NIKOS
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