News > Brian To Appear On Quartz Re_Issue CD

Added on 02-Jan-2004

Long lost Quartz album features secret guest appearances from Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Brian May. Sanctuary Records re-issue the debut album from Birmingham Heavy Metal

band Quartz in early 2004. Quartz was one of the leading NWoBHM bands.

Guitarist Mike Hopkins had previously played with John Bonham's Way Of

Life whilst second guitarist Geoff Nicholls would join Black Sabbath in

1979. Drummer Malcolm Cope was involved with pre-production for Black

Sabbath's 'Born Again'.

Over their career Quartz toured heavily - playing the Reading Festival

three times ('76, ''77 and '80) - and touring as support to the likes of

UFO, Iron Maiden, Saxon, Gillan and Rush. The band released four albums.

Originally issued on Jet Records in 1977 the album has never, until now,

seen a CD release. Quite remarkable for an album produced by Tony Iommi

and featuring Ozzy Osbourne, Brian May and keyboard player Geoff


This edited extract from Garry Sharpe-Young's acclaimed Black Sabbath

biography 'Never Say Die'.,

Quartz was on the rise and having Tony Iommi acting as producer on their

album lent extra kudos. "Working with Tony as a producer on our debut

record was great, very different to some of the big name producers we

had used in the past" reckons Malcolm Cope. "Tony put guitar on two

tracks on the record and even played his flute on 'Sugar Rain'. He's a

great flute player. Not many people know that."

Contracts kept any notion of actual performance credits out of the

public arena as acknowledged by Geoff Nicholls. "Tony had produced the

record and he was obviously going to play on it too. It's just that we

couldn't say that at the time for legal reasons. He did quite a bit on

the record actually, a couple of solos. Ozzy sang on 'Sugar Rain' too.

Again, we weren't allowed to credit him."

It would not only be the Sabbath duo that featured on the record. Tony's

friend Brian May of Queen fame was invited down to the recording studio.

The man would get to add a splash of that famous hand made guitar onto

the track 'Circles', once more featuring a certain Mr. Ozzy Osbourne on

backing vocals. "Ozzy tried to put some harmonica on too" laughs


'Circles' inexplicably never made the album, only appearing as the B

side to the subsequent 'Stoking The Fires Of Hell' single.

The Sanctuary re-release, issue date to be confirmed, features many

bonus tracks, including 'Circles', and liner notes from Garry

Sharpe-Young. A detailed Quartz biography and discography is at


Thanks to CatMoves for posting this info on the Brian May mailing list (

Submitted by: mr mercury

What do you think?

Post Reply