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  • Audio CD (October 8, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino Flashback
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,965 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Seventh Star is the twelfth studio album by Black Sabbath, released in January 1986. It was also the first Black Sabbath release not to feature 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. The album's 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.

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The musicians Tony chose are all great players.
Ricky In
Born Again saw the reunion of Iommi, Butler, and Ward, but Bill's drumming on that album seems to be lacking something.
And, with all that said, I have to say that I really, really, really like this album.
J. Hill

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ricky In on November 11, 2013
Well, I'll go first here. I am a die hard Sabbath fan. I've bought and read Tony Iommi's book, Glenn Hughes' autobiography,and read I Am OZZY as well. Thanks to Rhino for finally remastering this lost jem, in the Sab's back catalog. This sounds "loud and proud" w/o compression overkill. The musicians Tony chose are all great players. Glenn Hughes (ex-Trapeze, and ex-Deep Purple )handles the vocal duties,but does not play the Bass. "The Beast" Smitz, does a fine job there. I was surprised to find this one in the %.00 bin. For the true Sabbath fans, like myself, I bought 2 copies. The first one will be played to death! Any fan knows this LP was supposed to be Tony's first solo record. Pressure from the WB company wanted it to be called a "Black Sabbath" album. Truth be told-this does not sound much like the usual BS. To these old ears, it sounds like a killer hard rock/ blues band from the early 80s. It has "No Stranger to Love" and "The Danger Zone" from the MTV glory days. These two are worth admission price. For those fans who just wanted a cool remaster w/o the Deluxe Version-what are ya waiting for? I love to listen to the whole cd through my headphones. Love the riff-masters bluesy licks. This was the first lp to have tony and Glenn work together on. So, yes the remastering makes it sound as good as, if not better than my LP. If you like hard rock and blues, this one grows on you. Wish Rhino would do "Born Again"as a single remastered disc. Still praying for Tony's cancer recovery. RIP-DIO. Thanks for your time reading. Kinda skimpy w/o any lyrics, but does have the dragony-type picture. Sounds more like great Trapeze, after Medusa lp. Thanks again to Rhino.Ricky In KY.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AD on December 18, 2013
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When it comes to Black Sabbath, I am a completist. I own and have listened to every single Sabbath album. The band's sound evolved over time as members and styles rotated in and out, but Tony was always there to churn out insidiously wicked riffs and hair-raising solos. Each Sabbath album, whether it be from 1975 or 1995, contains a uniquely dark feel that is all Sabbath's own. Each is worth your time and money. I wouldn't be without any of them.

Having said that, there are weaknesses present in some albums, and your own particular conception of what a Black Sabbath album should sound like will determine what you think of any given disc. Some albums truly tap into Sabbath's original sound and roots, while others seem to be carried by the metal trends of the day.

Case in point: Seventh Star.

Without reservation, I can say that this is relatively the worst album to carry the name Black Sabbath. As another reviewer mentioned, this is really a Tony Iommi solo album. Record company pressure resulted in it being labeled Black Sabbath "featuring Tony Iommi." After all, he was the only original member of the band left to play on these recordings. Glen Hughes of Deep Purple fame makes his rather unimpressive debut here as Sabbath once again had to hire a new singer. Ian Gillan, another Purple alumni, had performed singing duties on the album before this (Born Again; another Sabbath flop, in my estimation), but just as fast as he was in he was out. Lineup difficulties had a considerable effect on the quality of the music. The 1980s started out with the post-Ozzy phenomena of Ronnie James Dio being in the band.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Hill TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 19, 2014
Tony Iommi tried. He really did.

For years, I've heard people complain that Tony continued to use the Black Sabbath name long after he should have, that the music had changed and he was the only original member left and on and on. But before the release of "Seventh Star," he TRIED to shed the Sabbath name and reputation and do his own thing. "Seventh Star" with Glenn Hughes on vocals was intended to be Tony's first solo album, and as such, it features quite a bit of music that's outside of what people consider the typical Black Sabbath sound. However, at basically the last minute, the record label decided they wanted to release it as a Black Sabbath album since that was a more bankable name than Tony Iommi. Hence the cover, letting you know that this is not just Black Sabbath, but Black Sabbath Featuring Tony Iommi (as if every Black Sabbath album ever made doesn't feature Tony Iommi). With that in mind, it really isn't fair to judge "Seventh Star" by Black Sabbath standards.

And, with all that said, I have to say that I really, really, really like this album. I mean a lot. First off, you get an absolutely beautiful vocal performance from Glenn Hughes here. It's a real shame that Glenn's bad habits at the time resulted in a short collaboration with Tony. It's unfortunate, because this a fantastic pairing. Hughes technically became the second Deep Purple singer to front Sabbath, following the "Born Again" album with Ian Gillan. Full of soul and with miles of range, Hughes's powerful voice can't be denied on these tracks, whether he's belting out a hard rocker or crooning a slow song. I'm a fan of Glenn's successor in Sabbath, Tony Martin, but I can't help yearning to hear what could've come next with the Iommi/Hughes combo.
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