Seventh Star

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Seventh Star
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Studio album by
Released22 January 1986
Recorded1985
Studio Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, California
Cheshire Sound Studios, Atlanta, Georgia
Genre Heavy metal [1] , hard rock
Length34:55
Label Vertigo
Warner Bros. (US/Canada)
Producer Jeff Glixman
Black Sabbath chronology
Born Again
(1983)
Seventh Star
(1986)
The Eternal Idol
(1987)
Tony Iommi with Glenn Hughes chronology
Seventh Star
(1986)
The 1996 DEP Sessions
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Seventh Star is the 12th studio album by English Heavy Metal band Black Sabbath. Released in January 1986, it features founding guitarist Tony Iommi alongside musicians Geoff Nicholls, Eric Singer, and Dave Spitz, playing keyboards, drums, and bass, respectively, and Glenn Hughes, ex-Deep Purple bassist and vocalist, as lead singer. The album was the group's first release without bassist and primary lyricist Geezer Butler, who left the band in 1984 after the Born Again tour. It was originally written, recorded, and intended to be the first solo album by Iommi. 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. Later releases label the album as simply by Black Sabbath. Despite the issues behind the release's production, it earned moderate commercial success, reaching #78 on the Billboard 200 chart. [2]

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Album information

As was the case with its predecessor, Born Again , this album was not intended to be a Black Sabbath record. Last-minute pressure from Warner Bros stemmed from the belief that it was likely to sell more with the famous name. Its sound is a drastic (and intentional) departure from the trademark Sabbath sound. Many of the songs have a very hard rock sound, while some contain a bluesy feel (especially "Heart Like a Wheel"). Seventh Star was the first album to feature long-time keyboardist Geoff Nicholls as an official band member. [6]

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The promo-single and video version of "No Stranger to Love" had additional harmony vocals added by Hughes to make it more "radio-friendly". Actress Denise Crosby, who would later portray Tasha Yar in Star Trek: The Next Generation , was featured in the video.

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Seventh Star was rereleased in Europe on 1 November 2010, as a two-disc special edition. Disc 2 includes a concert recorded in 1986, with Gillen on vocals. The single version of No Stranger to Love is a bonus track on disc 1. [9]

Reviews and reception

The album peaked at #78 on the Billboard 200 chart. [2] Some retrospective critical assessments of the album have been negative; for example, The New Rolling Stone Album Guide rated the release only two out of five stars. [3]

However, critic Eduardo Rivadavia of Allmusic has given Seventh Star a mixed to positive review, praising what he saw as the "fiery tunefulness" that makes "aggressive hard rockers like "In for the Kill," "Turn to Stone," and "Danger Zone" uncommonly catchy". However, he argued that the songwriting and vocal work fell flat on songs such as the album's title track. He stated generally that he found the release an "often misunderstood and underrated album". [2]

Reviews from the period were more positive. Popular Rock publication Kerrang! magazine gave Seventh Star a rare perfect 5/5 score. [10]

Track listings

Music by Tony Iommi; lyrics by Tony Iommi, Glenn Hughes, Geoff Nicholls and Jeff Glixman.

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."In for the Kill"3:48
2."No Stranger to Love"4:28
3."Turn to Stone"3:28
4."Sphinx (The Guardian)"1:12
5."Seventh Star"5:20
Side two
No.TitleLength
6."Danger Zone"4:23
7."Heart Like a Wheel"6:35
8."Angry Heart"3:06
9."In Memory..."2:35

2010 Deluxe Edition Disc 2

Recorded at Hammersmith Odeon in London, England on 2 June 1986, featuring Ray Gillen performing vocals

No.TitleLength
1."The Mob Rules"2:59
2."Danger Zone"4:44
3."War Pigs"8:10
4."Seventh Star"5:01
5."Die Young"3:58
6."Black Sabbath"9:33
7."N.I.B."1:37
8."Neon Knights"4:36
9."Paranoid"3:17

Personnel

Black Sabbath

Additional Musicians

Release history

RegionDateLabel
United Kingdom28 January 1986 Vertigo Records
United States1986 Warner Bros. Records
Canada1986Warner Bros. Records
United Kingdom1996 Castle Communications
United Kingdom2004 Sanctuary Records
United Kingdom2010Sanctuary Records/Universal Music Group

Chart performance

YearChartPosition
1986Sweden11
Finland12
Norway17
United Kingdom27
Germany51
United States78
Australia88

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  10. Kerrang!, January, 1986 issue