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The Eternal Idol

Black Sabbath

Type:
Full-length
Release date:
November 1st, 1987
Catalog ID:
832 708-1
Label:
Vertigo Records
Format:
Vinyl
Reviews:
15 reviews (avg. 80%)
Side A
1. The Shining 05:58   Show lyrics
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2. Ancient Warrior 05:34   Show lyrics
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3. Hard Life to Love 05:00   Show lyrics
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4. Glory Ride 04:48   Show lyrics
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Side B
5. Born to Lose 03:43   Show lyrics
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6. Nightmare 05:17   Show lyrics
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7. Scarlet Pimpernel 02:07   instrumental
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8. Lost Forever 04:00   Show lyrics
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9. Eternal Idol 06:35   Show lyrics
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Band members
Tony Martin Vocals
Eric Singer Drums
Bob Daisley Bass
Tony Iommi Guitars
Guest/Session
Ray Gillen (R.I.P. 1993) Laughter on "Nightmare"
Bev Bevan Percussion on "Scarlet Pimpernel"
Geoff Nicholls Keyboards
Miscellaneous staff
Patrick Meehan Executive Producer
Vic Coppersmith-Heaven Producer
Jeff Glixman Producer
Chris Tsangarides Producer, Mixing
Cindy Palmano Art direction, Design
Tony Martin Vocals
Eric Singer Drums
Bob Daisley Bass
Tony Iommi Guitars
Ray Gillen (R.I.P. 1993) Laughter on "Nightmare"
Bev Bevan Percussion on "Scarlet Pimpernel"
Geoff Nicholls Keyboards
Patrick Meehan Executive Producer
Vic Coppersmith-Heaven Producer
Jeff Glixman Producer
Chris Tsangarides Producer, Mixing
Cindy Palmano Art direction, Design
Read My blood will spill my blood 61% Metal_Thrasher90 April 18th, 2014
Read Iommi Eternal. 87% Metal_Jaw June 30th, 2013
Read Eternally Eighties 74% MEGANICK89 January 4th, 2013
Read The Statue Of Limitation 38% marktheviktor September 4th, 2011
Read Sinners say your prayers... 94% extremesymphony April 5th, 2011
Read Let's Take a Chance 88% Twisted_Psychology October 27th, 2009
Read Excellent first outing with... 90% adders11 May 26th, 2009
Read Sabbath does power metal -... 90% Uebermensch September 1st, 2008
Read Oh C'mon! 60% Acrobat August 20th, 2007
Read Decent album from an... 77% Satanwolf May 21st, 2007
Read Brilliant 95% DawnoftheShred December 16th, 2006
Read Astonishing. 95% hells_unicorn August 29th, 2006
Read Good startin' for Tony... 73% westknife August 21st, 2004
Read Underrated with a big U 90% HawkMoon September 28th, 2003
Read Great atmosphere! Awesome... 92% UltraBoris August 26th, 2002

Warner Bros. Records released it on 8/11/87 for the American market.

The most problematic album recording in the history of Black Sabbath. Production started in Montserrat, with Jeff Glixman producing, and a line-up of Iommi, Gillen, Nichols, Singer and Spitz, and ended in London, with Chris Tsangarides producing, and a line-up of Iommi, Nichols, Martin and Daisley guesting on bass. Band manager Patrick Meehan was also fired during recording.

A video was shot for "The Shining", with a stand-in bass player and Terry Chimes (of punk band The Clash) on drums.

"Nightmare" was originally intended for inclusion in the soundtrack of "Nightmare on Elm Street" (hence the title).

The cover depicts real people covered in bronze paint, to recreate an Auguste Rodin sculpture titled "Eternal".

An alternate title to the album was "Blood God".

"The Eternal Idol" was originally recorded with Ray Gillen but was redone with Tony Martin after Ray left the group. The only surviving part of Ray's voice on the released Eternal Idol album is some laughing on the track "Nightmare"

Although Dave Spitz receives credit in the liner notes for playing bass on the album, the bass sections were actually played by Bob Daisley.

Reissued on October 25th, 2010 in the UK as a Deluxe Expanded Edition with 2 bonus tracks:
10. Black Moon (3:39)
11. Some Kind of Woman (3:16)
and a second CD, featuring the Ray Gillen sessions for the same album:
1. Glory Ride (5:21)
2. Born to Lose (3:41)
3. Lost Forever (4:17)
4. Eternal Idol (6:48)
5. The Shining (6:30)
6. Hard Life to Love (5:20)
7. Nightmare (4:49)
8. Ancient Warrior (4:54)

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Barcode: 042283270817

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