Learn more Download now Browse your favorite restaurants Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Learn more Shop Fire Shop Kindle Learn More Pre-order now Shop now Learn more

Customer Review

on 17 May 2011
"Seventh Star" is the Black Sabbath album that wasn't supposed to be a Black Sabbath album. Most of you probably know the story: after the album that was going to be Tony Iommi's first solo effort had been finished, the record company insisted that the Black Sabbath name should be used, leading into the compromise of "Black Sabbath featuring Tony Iommi." When considered against this background, the departure from the traditional Sabbath style, and songs like the radio-friendly power ballad "No Stranger To Love" and the lengthy blues jam of "Heart Like A Wheel" make more sense. Having said that, there are enough heavier moments on the album, the standout tracks being the catchy hard rocker "Danger Zone" and the brooding title track.

What really is the gem in this re-release is disc 2, a live CD featuring Ray Gillen on vocals, having taken over from Glenn Hughes after a couple of gigs. As far as I know, the songs were taken from a disc called "Ray Rules," a decent-enough sounding unofficial concert recording. The sound may not be the best possible one, but hey, let's face it: there aren't exactly that many live recordings from this brief period of Sabbath, are there?

Based on this evidence, Ray Gillen's vocal talents were undeniable. No disrespect to Glenn Hughes, but I actually prefer Ray's version of "Danger Zone" to the original. All the other songs are handled capably as well.

All in all, a worthy release, covering one of the obscurest eras of the band.
2 people found this helpful
|0Comment|Report abuse| Permalink
What's this?

What are product links?

In the text of your review, you can link directly to any product offered on Amazon.com. To insert a product link, follow these steps:
1. Find the product you want to reference on Amazon.com
2. Copy the web address of the product
3. Click Insert product link
4. Paste the web address in the box
5. Click Select
6. Selecting the item displayed will insert text that looks like this: [[ASIN:014312854XHamlet (The Pelican Shakespeare)]]
7. When your review is displayed on Amazon.com, this text will be transformed into a hyperlink, like this:Hamlet (The Pelican Shakespeare)

You are limited to 10 product links in your review, and your link text may not be longer than 256 characters.


Product Details

4.2 out of 5 stars
49