BLACK SABBATH – Seventh Star, The Eternal Idol Deluxe Expanded-Edition Reissues Reviewed

October 27th, 2010
by EvilG
Seventh Star & Eternal Idol Deluxe Editions

Seventh Star & Eternal Idol Deluxe Editions

Sanctuary/Universal Music UK recently confirmed a November 1st release date for the deluxe-edition reissues of the BLACK SABBATH albums Seventh Star, The Eternal Idol, Live At Last and Past Lives.

Black Sabbath News has an extensive article regarding the Seventh Star and The Eternal Idol albums including numerous photos.

Joe Siegler writes: “I cannot recommend these albums highly enough. Eternal Idol a bit more due to the inclusion of the long unreleased Ray Gillen album. But both are worthy purchases. Even if you’ve bought the original releases, the Castle releases, and any other versions.. Go grab these. Support Tony Iommi and validate his decision to release these rare Ray Gillen recordings, and buy these. You can do so by clicking on the cover art above. Also, Amazon UK’s site has samples from all the tracks available for you to check out, too.”

Read more here.

After the departure of Black Sabbath’s third vocalist Ian Gillan following the Born Again album (released in 1983) the band effectively split up and the remaining members embarked upon their own solo ventures. However, pressure from record companies and management would dictate the name Black Sabbath should forge-ahead and even though guitarist Tony Iommi would by now be the sole remaining original member, his unmistakable musicality and signature guitar sound would prove more than sufficient to keep the heart of Black Sabbath alive and beating deep into the 1980s and beyond.

Seventh Star (originally released in 1986) saw Iommi recruiting the skills of Dave “The Beast” Spitz and drummer Eric Singer (later of KISS) and for the first time the position of a keyboardist became a visible credit and long-serving back-room operator Geoff Nicholls was finally brought to the foreground as an official member. However, it would be the position of lead vocalist that would have the greatest impact upon the new Sabbath sound and the appointment of ex-TRAPEZE and DEEP PURPLE bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes set interest and expectations high. Seventh Star would be somewhat of a departure from what was expected from the Black Sabbath name, and the songs on Seventh Star are more blues inclined and in the case of the single release, ‘No Stranger To Love’, an altogether more AOR- and radio-friendly breeze is adopted.

This remastered deluxe expanded edition of the album adds the U.S. remix of the ‘No Stranger To Love’ single and also for the very first time on CD, a live performance from London’s Hammersmith Odeon in June ’86 which features then-unknown American singer Ray Gillen who was brought-in to complete the tour following the departure of Glenn Hughes due to illness.

The Eternal Idol (Black Sabbath’s thirteenth studio album released in 1987) was an altogether harder-sounding record and brought back an ‘edge’ that had been missing from Seventh Star. Although the album was originally recorded with unknown American singer Ray Gillen, by the time it came to the album release Tony Martin had joined the band and subsequently replaced all the vocal work for the final album.

The Eternal Idol remastered deluxe expanded edition adds two single B-sides from ‘The Shining’ – ‘Black Moon’ and ‘Some Kind Of Woman’ ‘ while the second disc brings to CD for the very first time the complete album session originally recorded by the late Ray Gillen.

Black Sabbath - Seventh Star

Black Sabbath - Seventh Star

Seventh Star remastered deluxe expanded edition:

Disc One (Original Album):

‘In For The Kill’
‘No Stranger To Love’
‘Turn To Stone’
‘Sphinx (The Guardian)’
‘Seventh Star’
‘Danger Zone’
‘Heart Like A Wheel’
‘Angry Heart’
‘In Memory…’
‘No Stranger To Love (single remix – bonus track)

Disc Two (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, England – June 2, 1986):

‘Mob Rules’
‘Danger Zone’
‘War Pigs’
‘Seventh Star’
‘Die Young’
‘Black Sabbath’
‘N.I.B.’
‘Neon Knights’
‘Paranoid’

Black Sabbath - Eternal Idol

Black Sabbath - Eternal Idol

The Eternal Idol remastered deluxe expanded edition:

Disc One (Original Album):

‘The Shining’
‘Ancient Warrior’
‘Hard Life To Love’
‘Glory Ride’
‘Born To Lose’
‘Nightmare’
‘Scarlet Pimpernel’
‘Lost Forever’
‘Eternal Idol’
‘Black Moon (single B-side – bonus track)
‘Some Kind Of Woman (single B-side – bonus track)

Disc Two (The Eternal Idol – Ray Gillen Session):

‘Glory Ride’
‘Born To Lose’
‘Lost Forever’
‘Eternal Idol’
‘The Shining’
‘Hard Life To Love’
‘Nightmare’
‘Ancient Warrior’

Although controversial in nature due to being released without permission or sanction by the band at the time, Live At Last (originally released in July 1980), was regardless, a landmark release for Black Sabbath, it being their first proper live album to feature Ozzy Osbourne on vocals (despite the fact that he had parted company with the band two years earlier). Reaching Top 5 in the UK chart, the tracks were recorded on the Vol. 4 tour some seven years prior in 1973 and specifically from shows performed in Manchester and London. From the opening salvo of ‘Tomorrow’s Dream’ through ‘Sweet Leaf’, ‘Killing Yourself To Live’ and ‘Snowblind’, right up to the finale of ‘War Pigs’, the mammoth ‘Wicked World’ (with snippets of ‘Into The Void’ and ‘Supernaut’) and the inevitable closer, ‘Paranoid’, this is the original Black Sabbath lineup in ferocious form – and when it’s this good, there was no-one better!

Captured between 1970 and 1975, the recordings on Past Lives show a band moving along the fast track like a runaway train. Opening disc one, with ‘Tomorrow’s Dream’, this live collection is both bombastic and unrelenting. In some respects, Black Sabbath classics like ‘Sweet Leaf’, ‘Children Of The Grave’, ‘War Pigs’ and ‘Paranoid’ sound even more haunting and powerful on this set because of the transcendent live energy that pervades these songs. Bill Ward has occasionally referred to a “fifth member” joining them on stage, a non-literal suggestion denoting the sheer power and energy of the four Sabs on stage together. Tracks one-five were recorded at the Hard Rock in Manchester on March 11, 1973 while tracks six-nine were recorded at the Rainbow Theatre in London on March 16, 1973. Disc two expands the more familiar and available performances on disc one, with further compelling live versions of tracks recorded in Paris at the Olympia Theatre in December 1970 and Asbury Park Convention Hall, New Jersey during August of 1975.

Black Sabbath - Live At Last

Black Sabbath - Live At Last

Live At Last remastered deluxe edition:

‘Tomorrow’s Dream’
‘Sweet Leaf’
‘Killing Yourself To Live’
‘Cornucopia’
‘Snowblind’
‘Children Of The Grave’
‘War Pigs’
‘Wicked World’
‘Paranoid’

Black Sabbath - Past Lives

Black Sabbath - Past Lives

Past Lives remastered deluxe expanded edition:

Disc One:

‘Tomorrow’s Dream’
‘Sweet Leaf’
‘Killing Yourself To Live’
‘Cornucopia’
‘Snowblind’
‘Children of the Grave’
‘War Pigs’
‘Wicked World’
‘Paranoid’

Disc Two:

‘Hand of Doom’
‘Hole in the Sky’
‘Symptom of the Universe’
‘Megalomania’
‘Iron Man’
‘Black Sabbath’
‘N.I.B.’
‘Behind The Wall Of Sleep’
‘Fairies Wear Boots’

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