Today in 1986 Black Sabbath’s twelfth album, Seventh Star was unleashed up on the world.
The album began life as a solo effort from guitarist Tony Iommi but bowing to pressure from Warner Bros Iommi released it under the Black Sabbath featuring Tony Iommi moniker, although the record features no, at that time, current members of Black Sabbath. Iommi brought in Glenn Hughes (vocals), Geoff Nicholls (keyboards), Dave Spitz (bass) and Eric Singer (drums) to play on the album instead. Musically, ‘Seventh Star’ was much more blues influenced, rather than featuring Sabbath’s trademark metal attack.
The album peaked at #78 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart and the accompanying tour was, for the most part, a disaster with vocalist Glenn Hughes being fired five dates in (to be replaced by Ray Gillen) and several US dates cancelled.
In 2010, ‘Seventh Star’ was reissued by Universal Music and includes a second disc, recorded live at London’s Hammersmith Odeon.