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Black Sabbath - The Eternal Idol
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The Eternal Idol

Black Sabbath

Type:
Full-length
Release date:
November 23rd, 1987
Catalog ID:
832 708-1
Label:
Vertigo Records
Format:
12" vinyl (33⅓ RPM)
Reviews:
19 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
Tony Iommi Guitars
Bob Daisley Bass
Eric Singer Drums
Geoff Nicholls (R.I.P. 2017) Keyboards
Guest/Session
Bev Bevan Percussion (track 7)
Ray Gillen (R.I.P. 1993) Laughter (track 6)
Miscellaneous staff
Patrick Meehan Executive producer
Jeff Glixman Producer
Vic Coppersmith-Heaven Producer
Chris Tsangarides (R.I.P. 2018) Producer, Mixing
Cindy Palmano Art direction, Design
Tony Martin Vocals
Tony Iommi Guitars
Bob Daisley Bass
Eric Singer Drums
Geoff Nicholls (R.I.P. 2017) Keyboards
Bev Bevan Percussion (track 7)
Ray Gillen (R.I.P. 1993) Laughter (track 6)
Patrick Meehan Executive producer
Jeff Glixman Producer
Vic Coppersmith-Heaven Producer
Chris Tsangarides (R.I.P. 2018) Producer, Mixing
Cindy Palmano Art direction, Design
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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 Tony Iommi, Ray Gillen, Geoff Nicholls, Eric Singer and Dave Spitz, and ended in London, with Chris Tsangarides producing, and a line up of Tony Iommi, Geoff Nicholls, Tony Martin and Bob 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 Idol".

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 Gillen left the group. The only surviving part of Ray Gillen'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.

Recording information:

Recorded at :
-Air Studios, Montserrat
-Air Studios, London
-Battery Studios, London

Identifiers:

Barcode: 042283270817
Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped): 8327081 1 502
Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped): 8327081 2 520
Matrix / Runout (Side A label): 832 708-1.1
Matrix / Runout (Side B label): 832 708-1.2
Rights Society: S.I.A.E.

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