THIS IS THE STORY OF HOW AN IRISH NUCLEAR CONSTRUCTION SAFETY INSPECTOR BROUGHT 10 EX MEMBERS OF BLACK SABBATH TOGETHER TO PRODUCE A TRIBUTE ALBUM TO ONE OF THE GREATEST BANDS EVER!
The ‘Ninth Star’ album is an ambitious epic rock & classical music tribute to BLACK SABBATH.
‘Ninth Star’ by Emerald Sabbath 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/Ron Keel Band), Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath/Heaven & Hell), DaveWalker (Black Sabbath/Fleetwood Mac), Bobby Rondinelli (Black Sabbath/Rainbow), Tony Martin (Black Sabbath/Headless Cross), Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne/Whitesnake) and The English Chamber Choir. Other Emerald Sabbath contributors include WillMalone and Mike Lewis (Sabotage/Technical Ecstasy) Mike Exeter (Black Sabbath/Judas Priest), SkailaKanja (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, talks about ‘Ninth Star’.
WELCOME ALL BLACK SABBATH AND ROCK FANS WORLDWIDE
“This is a quick note to all of those fans. 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 line-up [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 mypersistence 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.” – Michael Suilleabhain (Emerald Sabbath founder/producer/singer)
The ‘Ninth Star’ album is dedicated to Black Sabbath and their Fans Worldwide.
Released via Plastic Head Distribution on the 15th of February 2019.
Tracklist and credits:
Adam Wakeman: Keyboards | Bev Bevan: Percussion | Laurence Cottle: Bass | Anneka Sutcliffe: Violin | Sarah Tobias: Flute/Clarinet
2. DIE YOUNG
Ron Keel: Vocals | Vinny Appice: Drums | Rudy Sarzo: Bass | DC Cothern: Guitar | Pete Rinaldi: Guitar | Ellen Morgan: Keyboards
Sarah Tobias: Flute/Clarinet | Ardeton String Quartet | Pete Rinaldi: Guitar
Ron Keel: Vocals | Vinny Appice: Drums | Bev Bevan: Percussion | Laurence Cottle: Bass | Pete Rinaldi: Guitar
Adam Wakeman: Keyboards | Laurence Cottle: Bass | Pete Rinaldi: Guitar | Sarah Tobias: Flute
6. SHE’S GONE
Dave Walker: Vocals | Neill Murray: Bass | Bill Dwyer: Drums | Ardeton String Quartet | Lisa Ljungberg: Backing Vocals
7. IN FOR THE KILL
Tony Martin: Vocals | Laurence Cottle: Bass | Bobby Rondinelli: Drums | Pete Rinaldi: Guitars | Adam Wakeman: Keyboards
Neil Murray: Bass | Sarah Tobias: Flute/Clarinet | Ardeton String Quartet | Pete Rinaldi: Guitar
9. HOLE IN THE SKY
Ron Keel: Vocals | Bobby Rondinelli: Drums | Laurence Cottle: Bass | Pete Rinaldi: Guitar
Michael Suilleabhain: Vocals | Adam Wakeman: Keyboards | Laurence Cottle: Bass | Bev Bevan: Percussion | Queenie May: Backing Vocals | Annela Sutcliffe: Violin | Sarah Tobias: Flute/Clarinet
English Chamber Choir | Adam Wakeman: Keyboards | Terry Chimes: Drums | Laurence Cottle: Bass | Pete Rinaldi: Guitar | Skaila Kanja: Harp | Elen Morgan: Glockenspiel