The Eternal Idol
Eternal Idol
Released November 23, 1987
Recorded October 1986 – March 1987
Length 42:42
Number of tracks 9
Label Vertigo (UK)
Warner Bros. (US)
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The Eternal Idol is the thirteenth studio album by Black Sabbath. It was recorded at Air Studios in Montserrat, Air Studios and Battery Studios in London, England and released in November 23, 1987. It is the first Black Sabbath album to feature vocalist Tony Martin. It was also the last full album of new material by Black Sabbath to be released by Warner Bros. Records (in North America), and the final album through their original label Vertigo Records until the release of 13 in 2013.

Originally, Ray Gillen was going to record vocals for the album, but he quit the band after the studio sessions in Monserrat.

Tracklist of Tony Martin version

  1. The Shining
  2. Ancient Warrior
  3. Hard Life to Love
  4. Glory Ride
  5. Born to Lose
  6. Nightmare
  7. Scarlet Pimpernel (Instrumental)
  8. Lost Forever
  9. Eternal Idol


Additional musicians

  • Bev Bevan: cymbals on "Scarlet Pimpernel" and "Eternal Idol"


  • Jeff Glixman: producer, engineer at Air Studios Monserrat
  • Vic Coppersmith-Heaven: producer, engineer at Air Studios London
  • Chris Tsangarides: producer, engineer and mixing at Battery Studios, London
  • Patrick Meehan: executive producer


  • The Ray Gillen version was released in 2010 as a bonus disc.
  • Ray Gillen performs a laugh on both versions.
Black Sabbath studio albums
Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Master of Reality, Vol. 4, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Sabotage, Technical Ecstasy, Never Say Die!, Heaven and Hell, Mob Rules, Born Again, Seventh Star, The Eternal Idol, Headless Cross, Tyr, Dehumanizer, Cross Purposes, Forbidden, 13
The Eternal Idol
The Shining, Ancient Warrior, Hard Life to Love, Glory Ride, Born to Lose, Nightmare, Scarlet Pimpernel, Lost Forever, Eternal Idol