A new tribute to our Gods Black Sabbath will soon see the light of a day! This is the story of how an Irish nuclear construction safety inspector brought 10 former members of BLACK SABBATH together to produce a tribute album to one of the greatest bands ever.
The "Ninth Star" album by EMERALD SABBATH is an ambitious epic rock and classical music tribute to BLACK SABBATH.
"Ninth Star" features 10 former members of BLACK SABBATH and much more, including:
* Adam Wakeman (BLACK SABBATH, OZZY OSBOURNE) * Bev Bevan (BLACK SABBATH, ELO) * Neil Murray (BLACK SABBATH, WHITESNAKE) * Terry Chimes (BLACK SABBATH, THE CLASH)
* Laurence Cottle (BLACK SABBATH, THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT) * Ron Keel (BLACK SABBATH, KEEL) * Vinny Appice (BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL) * Dave Walker (BLACK SABBATH, FLEETWOOD MAC) * Bobby Rondinelli (BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW) * Tony Martin (BLACK SABBATH, HEADLESS CROSS) * Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE) * The English Chamber Choir
Other EMERALD SABBATH contributors include Will Malone and Mike Lewis ("Sabotage", "Technical Ecstasy"), Mike Exeter (BLACK SABBATH, JUDAS PRIEST), Skaila Kanja (Royal Academy Of Music) plus BLACK SABBATH album graphic designers Richard Manning and Colin Elgie ("Technical Ecstasy") and Hugh Gilmour ("Born Again").
EMERALD SABBATH founder/producer Michael Suilleabhain states about "Ninth Star": "I have been a BLACK SABBATH fan since 1983, when I heard them for first time. Like a lot of fans, it was BLACK SABBATH's debut album I heard first, and as they say, the rest is history. Over the years, I have since seen BLACK SABBATH a total of 82 times with every lineup [except with Ray Gillen]. I also have a great passion for classical music, and in May 2015 I decided to mix both of them. Adam Wakeman was the first to contribute to the project, with keyboards on 'Changes', and then it snowballed into this final product.
"I decided to re-record BLACK SABBATH tracks and instrumentals with as many as ex-members of BLACK SABBATH as possible. A lot of the artists also played on the originals (such as Vinny Appice, who joined SABBATH on drums for the 'Heaven And Hell' tour, and The English Chamber Choir on 'Supertzar'). I then brought in a string quartet along with various classical players. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would be able to do this, but my persistence paid off. I would like to thank all the ex-BLACK SABBATH guys for helping me with this, as well as the former BLACK SABBATH graphic designers, string arrangers and producers. I hope that everyone will enjoy this album.”
"Ninth Star" will be released on February 15, 2019 via Plastic Head Distribution.
Track listing and credits:
"Embryo" - Adam Wakeman: Keyboards, Bev Bevan: Percussion, Laurence Cottle: Bass, Anneka Sutcliffe: Violin, Sarah Tobias: Flute/Clarinet
"Die Young" - Ron Keel: Vocals, Vinny Appice: Drums, Rudy Sarzo: Bass, DC Cothern: Guitar, Pete Rinaldi: Guitar, Ellen Morgan: Keyboards
"Fluff" - Sarah Tobias: Flute/Clarinet, Ardeton String Quartet, Pete Rinaldi: Guitar
"Trashed" - Ron Keel: Vocals, Vinny Appice: Drums, Bev Bevan: Percussion, Laurence Cottle: Bass, Pete Rinaldi: Guitar
"Stonehenge" - Adam Wakeman: Keyboards, Laurence Cottle: Bass, Pete Rinaldi: Guitar, Sarah Tobias: Flute
"She's Gone" - Dave Walker: Vocals, Neill Murray: Bass, Bill Dwyer: Drums, Ardeton String Quartet, Lisa Ljungberg: Backing Vocals
"In For The Kill" - Tony Martin: Vocals, Laurence Cottle: Bass, Bobby Rondinelli: Drums, Pete Rinaldi: Guitars, Adam Wakeman: Keyboards
"Orchid" - Neil Murray: Bass, Sarah Tobias: Flute/Clarinet, Ardeton String Quartet, Pete Rinaldi: Guitar
"Hole In The Sky" - Ron Keel: Vocals, Bobby Rondinelli: Drums, Laurence Cottle: Bass, Pete Rinaldi: Guitar
"Changes" - Michael Suilleabhain: Vocals, Adam Wakeman: Keyboards, Laurence Cottle: Bass, Bev Bevan: Percussion, Queenie May: Backing Vocals, Annela Sutcliffe: Violin, Sarah Tobias: Flute/Clarinet
"Supertzar" - English Chamber Choir, Adam Wakeman: Keyboards, Terry Chimes: Drums, Laurence Cottle: Bass, Pete Rinaldi: Guitar, Skaila Kanja: Harp, Elen Morgan: Glockenspiel
Blabermouth.net, 12 December 2019