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Headless cross [Import]

Black Sabbath Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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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 CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,119 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Where All Witches Meet 25 Oct 2007
By Ed
Format:Audio CD
After essentially confusing and alienating a large proportion of their fan base Black Sabbath since about 1983 (namely Tony Iommi) decided he needed his credibility back, that's not to say that `Born Again', `Seventh Star' and `Eternal Idol' didn't produce some great stuff or weren't musically credible but the whole `Who's in your band this week, Tony?' was starting to seriously damage the bands reputation especially in the press who were quite merciless in their ribbing of Sabbath (the cheek! You write for Kerrang!). Also the fact that on `Seventh Star' and `Eternal Idol' Iommi had used a lot of more lightweight material making those albums the worst since `Technical Ecstasy' and `Never Say Die'. It's safe to say it was time for a rejuvenation and a serious return to form...and predictably the two Tony's and Cozy delivered in the face of adversity and then some, in the same way that `Heaven and Hell' had done almost a decade ago.

So what we have here is a heavy metal classic, a consistent one too. This is easily the bands strongest set of songs since the all out amazing `Mob Rules'. Not a trace of the filler that plagued `Eternal Idol'. `Headless Cross' is the best known song of the Tony Martin era and not without reason, it's a killer. From that `I play my drums with hammers' intro, to that classic Iommi riff, to Tony Martin's awe inspiring vocals, it just sets the tone for the rest of the album; cheesy, epic, heavy and generally wailing on about Satan.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Headless, but not heartless 21 May 2010
Format:Audio CD
After a few years of derision in the press, and a line up which couldn't hold for more than a few months, you wouldn't blame Tony Iommi for giving up the ghost on Black Sabbath. Everyone but the diehard fans had, and his last album, The Eternal Idol sold well beneath expectations.

Iommi, is made of tougher material though - and after a brief hiatus, and a change of record label from Warner Bros. and Vertigo to the smaller IRS records (the main mistake he made in his lengthy career), he contacted long time friend Cozy Powell to work on songs and credibility for the band.

Joining him were Geoff Nicholls and Tony Martin - the two survivors from the Eternal Idol sessions, and sessionman Laurence Cottle on bass - and just when Sabbath needed it most, they delivered an album, though heavily steeped in the production style of the late 80's, which was an absolute monster.

After the eerie intro of The Gates of Hell, the title track arrives - Cozy's signature thunder welcomes us to the hill of the Headless Cross - a song that is surprisingly keyboard driven more than guitar, a move unexpected and it's a ripper. Tony Martin, considered to be nothing more than a Dio clone proved he was anything but, as he tore his larynx out in shrieks that even Rob Halford would have trouble copying.

Devil and Daughter was a pop infused radio rock piece of fluff which is held together by Cozy and Laurence's groove. Good solo from Tony I. as well.

When Death Calls - a classic Sabbath song - slow at first, atmospheric with Cottle's bass intro superb. Just when you can't think it can get any better, as it heats up in the middle - Brian May of Queen plays a solo on the track. One of Black Sabbath's finest moments. Superb.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cross Over 10 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Compared with most of the 'classic' early Black Sabbath albums, the Tony Martin era was the least well received of the bunch. This is unfair but understandable as at the time the Ozzy and Dio material had been so good that such comparisons were unavoidable. Personally, and in hindsight, a lot of my favourite Sabbath tracks appear on either The Eternal Idol, Headless Cross and Tyr, despite their music being considerably prone to being dated. They are a very 80s sounding rock album. A lot of the fuzzy, downtuned gloom that permeated their early efforts, and actually created heavy metal in the process, have been replaced by thumping power chords and licks that bring to mind lesser acts like Dokken and superior outfits such as Whitesnake. Black Sabbath didn't go glam, but they had started to sound les and less like Black Sabbath. Of course much of this had occurred before Tony Martin stepped up to the plate. The Dio years were basically hard rock, albeit damn fine hard rock. But near the end of the 80s, Sabbath were fast becoming a less interesting band in the eyes of the establishment. In reality they were producing some classic stuff.

The opener, 'Gates of Hell' is merely an arbitrary scary keyboard effect, making the album proper merely an EP by today's standards, clocking in at a scant 7 tracks. But I'd rather these 7 than 14 with 7 filler. The title track follows and is a bona fida classic. It has a big sound, great lyrics and Tony Martin on top form, sounding less and less like he did on The Eternal Idol. 'Devil & Daughter' is equally as great, albeit in a more upbeat, mid-tempo way. It's the single song in all aspects with a great, yet subtle chorus. 'When Death Calls' is a slow burner but the chanting chorus suddenly becomes something you won't be able to forget after a few listens.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic
as a Sabbath fan of 35 years this album is a classic no crap songs unlike some from the first eight the title track alone is fantastic infact buy any Sabbath album with tony... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Big Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars A late cracker
I bought this record in a thrift shop in the late nineties on a whim for pennies on the strength of the Black Sabbath name having given up on the band after about Technical ecstasy... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Ken Raus
5.0 out of 5 stars Product Feedback
Product had a different cover to the one advertised but was still in excellent condition. CD plays very well, no problems whatsoever with the sound. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Miss M R James
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare album on CD
This album done during the Tony Martin period of Black Sabbath with Cozy Powell on drums is one of my favorites from that era of Black Sabbath.

It is also quite rare. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Robert J. Brisley
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated. To all ozzy/ozzy & dio purest, this is still worth a...
1989's Headless Cross is in my opinion is the 3rd best Black Sabbath album behind, 1971's Master of Reality and 1980's Heaven and Hell. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bob Loo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Tony Martin-era album!
Headless Cross was actually the first Sabbath album I heard when I was about 12 but never got around to buying it until now and I still love it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Bobrock_32
4.0 out of 5 stars Black Rainbow
Well this is a strange one to review, first off there is not a trace of Black Sabbath on this album, the only original member is Toni and he doesnt play any guitar that early... Read more
Published 12 months ago by John P. Parkin
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Sabbath Albums
This is possibly one of the best albums Sabbath recorded, regardless of the Ozzy v Dio debate. Tony Martin's contribution to Sabbath is far too often overlooked and/or underrated,... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Peter
4.0 out of 5 stars black sabbaths headless cross
for the item, not what i expected. recording is good quality..no complaints there but this is a home made cd and cover, done very well and all good quality and worth the price i... Read more
Published 16 months ago by matt connor
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Black Sabbath Album
This is my favourite Black Sabbath Album. Tony Martin does a grand job on vocals. The Ozzy era was interesting but unfortunately Ozzy's vocals are dire. The lineup is perfect here. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Bob
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