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Black Sabbath has been so influential in the development of heavy metal rock music as to be a defining force in the style. The group took the blues-rock sound of late '60s acts like Cream, Blue Cheer, and Vanilla Fudge to its logical conclusion, slowing the tempo, accentuating the bass, and emphasizing screaming guitar solos and howled vocals full of lyrics expressing mental anguish and ... Read more in Amazon's Black Sabbath Store

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  • Audio Cassette (2 Aug. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000053PST
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,106,710 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Erik Rupp on 18 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Fans of Dio-era Black Sabbath should have been excited to hear The Eternal Idol upon it's initial release. Instead, there was a general feeling of, "So what?" The rotating line-up certainly didn't help the impression that Sabbath was a sinking ship at that point. The fact that Tony Iommi was the only remaining original member also didn't help credibility much. And the Deep Sabbath sound of Seventh Star (in reality an Iommi solo album, but forced to put the Sabbath name on the cover by the record company) had turned some core Sabbath fans off.

But for those who actually bought The Eternal Idol and listened to it something surprising came out of the speakers - a great album.

Going back to the style that had resurrected Sabbath's career in 1980/81 Tony Iommi came up with some phenomenal riffs, and (then) singer Ray Gillen and legendary bass player/songwriter Bob Daisley came up with some strong vocal melodies and hooks to complete the package. While Gillen left the band prior to the album's completion, Iommi recruited yet another top notch singer in the form of Tony Martin, whose Dio meets Coverdale voice was a perfect fit for the album. Martin further polished up the vocal melodies and helped create an album that is, in fact, one of the highlights of the Sabbath catalog.

From the powerful opening cut of, "The Shining," to the dark, moody closer, "Eternal Idol," this album is a classic bit of Dio-esque Sabbath. "Hard Life to Love," has a somewhat similar riff to, "Mob Rules," while, "Born to Lose," features an aggressive bit of riffing from Iommi that wouldn't have been at all out of place on the Mob Rules album. "Lost Forever," is another standout track with it's great vocal melodies and, "Turn Up the Night," or, "Neon Knights," type riff.
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By ratmonkey on 3 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD
The first of the Tony Martin era Sabbath marked a new direction, fuelled by the Dio years and not really touching the previous 2 albums that both veered significantly in tone and content. It sounded like they had found their niche again. It wasn't groundbreaking and not anywhere near as 'classic' as their earlier material or Heaven & Hell, but it was a very good, consistent collection of well made songs.

It all starts well with a great, almost epic song, 'The Shining'. The sound, tone and creativity are all introduced here and the template didn't change much over this and the 2 following albums. Soaring chorus and a powerful opening. 'Ancient Warrior' continues the trend with another very good track. Understated chorus but another, mid-paced driving song. 'Hard Life to Love' is more upbeat and has some great riffs. It's more akin to Seventh Star material but it's a good effort. 'Glory Ride' returns to the previous tone with another catchy closer to side 1. There are no instant classics here but no real duds either.

'Born To Lose' is much the same as 'Hard Life...' and these are probably the weakest tracks as they are more rocky, although they do fit with the overall feel. 'Nightmare' is a lumpen, dark song but it is rather good and has a time change near the end which helps. 'Scarlet Pimpernel' is a beautiful instrumental that is only a few minutes long. 'Lost Forever' is yet another very good, catchy, heavy song with great vocals from the underrated Tony Martin. And the title track completes the work perfectly. It is a very slow, almost plodding closer but nevertheless a good track.

Overall it is not outstanding but it holds up to many repeated listens. The 3 Tony Martin era albums before they brought Dio back were, in my opinion, some of the consistently best albums Sabbath had produced. And The Eternal Idol is where it all began.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By OSCAR on 24 Mar. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This cd was already great in the regular version, you imagine double!?
I love this phase of Black Sabbath (the best time), so if do you do not have?
Buy it now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jordan119 on 12 Jan. 2013
Format: Audio CD
After the disruption of the lineups Sabbath was all over the place until the second longest Singer of Sabbath joined the band, Tony Martin! This is his first album with the band and he proves he got what it takes to be in Black Sabbath, this album is an absolute gem and you won't be dissapointed
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By SML3000 on 6 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
The making of The Eternal Idol (1987) was fraught with well documented disruptions and personnel changes. Therefore, it's against all the odds that the album is a huge triumph. Featuring Tony Martin's first outing as Sabbath front man, Idol boasts a spectacular array of pounding good music. From the epic and dramatic likes of The Shining and Ancient Warrior, to adrenalin-rush-inducing stompers like Hard Life To Love and Nightmare, right through to the closing monumental title track, there's not a dull moment in evidence. Every single song has that special `sing-along/nod-your-head' quality (aside from the majestic acoustic instrumental Scarlet Pimpernel, obviously). This record proves that there is indeed life after Ozzy/Dio and affirms Tony Iommi's status as heavy metal's very own resurrection man and heavy metal idol! Regardless of the never-ending debates about what constitutes `real' Black Sabbath, this is a magnificent, hard rocking record that deserves a listen, at the very least!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cmac on 10 Oct. 2014
Format: Audio CD
The real star here is Ray Gillan...fantastic singer!!!! If only it had lasted and been the original release, it blows that away!!!
Real power and excitement...please play cd2 first....you'll love it!!!!
Iommi is fantastic as always!!!
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