Iommi with Glenn Hughes
The 1996 DEP Sessions
Sanctuary Records
Produced By: Tony Iommi

Running Time: 37.44

Release Date: Out Now


Musical Style: Hard Rock / Metal

Links: Sanctuary
Songs: 90%
Sound: 90%
This is pretty much an essential purchase for any fans of Tony Iommi, Glenn Hughes and the album they both previously worked on, Black Sabbath's Seventh Star release.
That album was never intended to be a Sabbath release, but as a stand along release, it has a cult following.
The team of Hughes and Iommi went to work to create a follow-up, some 10 years later, in 1996. Things didn't quite get finished before the wheels fell off and the sessions went into one of those ever too large record company vaults.
Now almost another 10 years later we find those tapes have been found, restored and released and none too soon either! There has been bootleg's circulating of the songs for a few years now.
The 8 tracks on offer aren't really enough to create a classic album, however, just 2 or 3 more tracks to round things out and it would be classic.
The songwriting here is more experimental than The Seventh Star, with the pair using more updated textures within the songs, as well as the classic heavy metal vibe that cemented Sabbath as one of the all time great bands.
This is a more dramatic and hard hitting affair than the more straight ahead hard rock of Seventh Star. Recorded in the post-grunge era, the guitar sounds are updated from those that ruled the 80s and in places, tuned down in line with what was almost an expectation for hard rock in the mid to late 90s.
The music is also more experimental, with a definite retro vibe mixed with 90s heaviness and production tricks.
Gone and Time Is The Healer is amongst the heaviest material I have heard Hughes sing.
Don't Drag The River, layered with both electric and acoustic guitars, is probably the most familiar tune for fans of the original Hughes sound.
My other pick for best tune is the frantic I'm Not The Same Man, which matches a powerful lead vocal with a swirling guitar riff and some insightful lyrics.
It Falls Through Me is another classic Hughes vocal with a big Sabbath inspired guitar riff, softening to an acoustic guitar laced verse.
The Bottom Line
As the first line suggested, this is essential for all fans of Hughes and Iommi, who prove a compelling pairing and update the sound of their first collaboration with some songs that would have won wide acclaim if released when originally planned.
Now we will have to look back on it as an archive release, but its class is undeniable and the truth is that it sounds just as fresh today as it would have in 1996. Perhaps that has something to do with the mix, which was only just completed in order to get these tapes to release standard. These guys simply have to record together again. It must happen!
Discography / Previously Reviewed
Seventh Star
The 1996 Dep Sessions

Line Up
Glenn Hughes: Vocals, Bass
Tony Iommi: Guitar
Jimmy Copley: Drums
Don Airey/Geoff Nichols/Mike Exeter: Keyboards

Essential for fans of:
Black Sabbath - Seventh Star
Glenn Hughes, Iommi
Track Listing
From Another World
Don't You Tell Me
Don't Drag The River*
Time Is The Healer
I'm Not The Same Man*
It Falls Through Me
--*Best Tracks

23/08/05: Mark Nunnery -
Rating: 90
A great album, well worth the wait. Combines surely the best voice around with the best riffs delivered by the master, "Don't you tell me" echoes of the best tracks from Iommies solo album, it's hardly been off my player.

11/07/05: Mark Nolde -
Rating: 7
The number would have been higher with more numbers. On the other hand : Glenn Hughes is always great to listen too(Well, except his "Michael Jackson Shrieks", they really devaluate his, otherwise, GOD like singing. ) ans this is not an exception.

But, resembling Chris Cornell of Soundgarden??? Are you mad??? Shame on you!!!

Mark Nolde, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

08/05/05: Halkbi -
Rating: 96
Wow! This is a fantastic album! Songs like "Don't Drag The River" and "I'm Not The Same Man" really gives me goosebumps. As I notised, the main riff of "Don't You Tell Me(You Don't Know)" is used on "Black Oblivion" on Iommi's first solo album "Iommi". I've listened to the bootleg "8th Star" wich contains most of the songs of the album and heard that all songs contains a keyboard. It really makes it sound more like an 80s album, but on "Don't Drag The River" it's a piano in the verses and it makes it more souly. Overall it's a very good album!

15/02/05: rockarolla -
Rating: 55
Interesting album but nothing so special.We all love the ''voice of rock'' and that is why we bought this album.But one perfect voice and a great guitar player are not enought o make a good album.There are no special compositions and something is missing in every song.I enjoyed that i had the chance to listen to songs i've never heard but it is an album just for Glenn and Iommi fans.

14/02/05: John Elway -
Rating: 70
This is ok, but nothing that blows my mind. The fact that it is an extremely short cd doesn't help either. With that said, I might be a bit biased as I think Glenn Hughs is totally overrated. I just can't get into his voice.

29/11/04: RL -
Rating: 85
I really enjoyed this record also. Nice to see Glenn tackle material tht not only suits his voice, but is from more of a hard rock genre. (He was 'set straight' by the editor of CLASSIC ROCK recently when he complained in their mail page of fans/critics not being more open to his more 'soulful' recordings and his 'artistic choices'. It appears the editor's response, that basically stated in so many words that "you made your name as a hard rock singer/musician, get back to it", must have impacted Glenn.)

Tracks such as "From Another World", "Don't Drag the River", & "It Falls Through Me" are geat examples of what I'd like to hear Glenn continue to do in this day and age. And hats off to Tony for not bogging down the album with traditional Sab-like riffs over and over... and opting to play a variety of rock styles to keep things fresh and enjoyable. Very solid effort.

25/11/04: micha -
Rating: 90
This is an absolute incredible album - It was worth to wait 8 years until these sessions finally found their official release.
Glenn Hughes sings like a god, Iommi delivers fine guitarwork with his trademarks, the excellent riffs. Best song: From Another World (a true classic in the spirit of the best songs on seventh star). The clue: the album doesn't sound outdated, because of the excellent singing and the sometimes grungy riffs, both things which are timeless - Hughes reminds me a bit of C.Cornell of Soundgarden. I hope that they will work together to write a third album.

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