The Eternal Idol Original recording remastered
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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.Read more ›
at this price a very good groove indeed - listened straight through
satisfactory grumbles from the locals ... this is drum and bass from the steel yards
Buy it and enjoy
however no sleeve notes or info at all so not really deluxe apart from from 2 singers on different cds
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.
Real power and excitement...please play cd2 first....you'll love it!!!!
Iommi is fantastic as always!!!
Track Listings cd 1:
Hard Life to Love
Born to Lose
Some Kind of Woman
Track Listings cd 2
Born To Lose
Hard Life To Love
Tony Iommi - Guitar
Tony Martin - Vocals
Dave Spitz and Bob Daisley - Bass
The album list both but only Bob Daisley played on the album.
Dave Spitz was signed on to play live with the band.
So he was given credit to connect him to the band live and the album for continuity sake.
Eric Singer - Drums
Eric plays all the drums for the most part.
Bev Bevan - Percussion
Bev just did some extra work on the album. Nothing really major.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pretty good riffs, as you'd expect from the "Riffmeister", Tony Martin delivers competently, but the best thing about this album is Tony Iommi's soloing, much more melodic... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ozymandias
It was so amazing to hear the Ray Gillan contribution to the album. Ray recorded it first but the album was re-recorded again with the new vocalist. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Melodic Rock
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!
While the album in itself isn't too bad. Sounds a bit like a lighter version of Iron Maiden (and of course much worse vocal) It shows that by this time Sabbath was down to only one... Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2014 by Jan Patrik Sahlstrøm