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Eternal Idol [CASSETTE]

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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 (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,373,197 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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Bought the download and now bought the Album, I had not heard this album before never knew how good it was, even in the 80's when it was released, I could not stop playing it even though its not Ozzy, but its Black Sabbath and really speaking anything that comes my way I will love it, I have not found one track that I really do not like in all these years, shame it will all come to an end next year. Buy it and enjoy.
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much much better than I remembered - solid Iommi works despite the fragmented band membership and occasional soggy drumming but in general its a very solid workmanlike heavy record with excellent music and vocals from bot singers
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
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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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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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Tony Martin Era of Black Sabbath First off the bonus tracks & main reason for buying this is : 'Some Kind Of Women' & 'Blackmoon' Blackmoon was at first gonna be a instrumental because noone could finish the lyrics. Until the very end when Tony Martin and Nicholls were albe to do it. It's original working title was 'Gypsy Warning'. Also the song was the only one where Nicholls played bass on a Sabbath record. Biggest diiference between this version and what was used on 'Headless Cross' is the guitar is heavier and the keyboards are very low. 'Some Kind Of Women' bass parts are from Dave Spitz. It was left out because it didnt fit in with everything else. Tony Martin wrote and recorded the lyrics so the song could be included on the 12in LP record single of the 'The Shining'. 2nd Bonus disc is the Ray Gillen tracks he recorded but left the band soon after.
Track Listings cd 1:
The Shining
Ancient Warrior
Hard Life to Love
Glory Ride
Born to Lose
Nightmare
Scarlet Pimpernel
Lost Forever
Eternal Idol
Extra Tracks:
Some Kind of Woman
Black Moon
Track Listings cd 2
Glory Ride
Born To Lose
Lost Forever
Eternal Idol
The Shining
Hard Life To Love
Nightmare
Ancient Warrior

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.
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