SEVENTH STAR

seventh-star

Seventh Star is the twelfth studio album by British band Black Sabbath, released on January 28, 1986. The release came at a difficult time as the group had just finished a highly contentious tour, experiencing conflicts within the band. With guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi being the sole original member left, musicians Geoff Nicholls, Eric Singer, and Dave Spitz contributed to the album, playing keyboards, drums, and bass, respectively. Glenn Hughes, ex-Deep Purple bassist and vocalist, was the lead singer on this album. Musically, it features a blues rock influenced sound that moved from the group’s traditional heavy metal to a more eclectic style. Additionally, it was the first Black Sabbath album to feature the band as a quintet, as keyboardist Geoff Nicholls was confirmed as an official band member the year prior.
The album was the group’s first release without bassist Geezer Butler, who left the band in 1984 after the aforementioned Born Again tour. It was originally written, recorded, and intended to be the first solo album by Iommi, as shown by the musical experimentation. However, due to pressures by Warner Bros. Records and the prompting of band manager Don Arden, the record was billed as Black Sabbath featuring Tony Iommi. Later releases label the album as simply by Black Sabbath.
Despite the issues behind the release’s production, it earned major commercial success, reaching #78 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Side one
“In for the Kill” – 3:48
“No Stranger to Love” – 4:28
“Turn to Stone” – 3:28
“Sphinx (The Guardian)” – 1:12
“Seventh Star” – 5:20
Side two
“Danger Zone” – 4:23
“Heart Like a Wheel” – 6:35
“Angry Heart” – 3:06
“In Memory…” – 2:35

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