How Good It Is

» Posted on Jan 5, 2017 | 26 comments

Here is a track I composed for Birmingham Cathedral, featuring contributions from the Birmingham Cathedral Choir and words selected by the Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, Dean of Birmingham.  The track is titled “How Good It Is”.

This is my way of giving back to Birmingham.

You can also download an mp3 of the song at this location.

You can also read some additional information about the song here.

26 Comments

  1. Cracking arrangement. Would love to hear more like this.

    • Wonderful. Thanks for this Tony.

  2. “How Good It Is” is an apt start as it is good. Its the first time I have heard a Black Sabbath track since 1972 and its an astonishing revelation; brilliant listening, depth& height enriched by long experience; possibly of both the composer and the listener!
    Thank you

  3. This composition borders on musical genius… It’s absolutely brilliant. I’m in awe each and every time I listen to it. Tony, if you are reading this, I would love to see an entire album’s worth of such work. To bear witness of the breadth, depth and scope of your talent is truly an honor. Onward and upward, Sir!

  4. It’s greate, beauteful music! Tony, may you live on and on and on!! Stay healthy!

  5. A new breed of classic in every sense. J S Bach has modern competition!

  6. Dear Tony, this piece of music is of angelic beauty. Only you could write such a piece. It’s a wonderful surprise for your die hards, and a witness of your artistical versatility. The best is yet to come, my Master, we all , including yourself and Army of your fans, are going to enjoy great projects and beautiful music coming out of your hands. God bless you, Anthony!

  7. Wow! This piece of yours, Tony, actually DOES sound like it could fit into an Ecclesiastical Order of Service/Worship! I should think that my “Main Man”, Jesus of Nazareth, and His/our Father, would thank you as well. May They grant you Eternal Grace . . . Eternal Grace, for an Ancient Warrior.

    Hmm, Churches, Cathedrals (perhaps Temples & Synagogues, too), Choirs, and PIPE ORGANS; have you ever thought, Tony, of attempting a collaboration, with American Pipe Organist, Cameron Carpenter? Now, THERE could be a powerful musical collaboration!! That man has done for Pipe Organ, what Jimi Hendrix did for Electric Guitar.

  8. Oh, yes, and a very, VERY Happy and WONDERFUL Birthday to you Tony!!

  9. What a fabulous piece of music! Like Simon commented above, I would love to hear more of this – perhaps an album Tommy? Good luck in your new endeavours. PS is it possible to purchase an MP3 of “How Good It Is”?

  10. If this is any indication of what the future of your music will sound like, you need to put together an album asap. Don’t let another day go by. People need to hear more of this to appreciate the guitarist inside the man. Life long fan, the Cubb

  11. ….. Beautiful ….. I hope it’s ok that I shared the link onto the Tramp Entertainments f/b page. You were part of our history at Tramp, we all love to see how you’re doing.

    You may also be pleased to know The Pokey Hole Club in Lichfield has also struck up again. Been running for a year now and John Fiddler (Medicine Head) has already appeared… with Climax Blues Band appearing in June. Would be really wonderful if you would play one more time at the venue where you first played the track “Black Sabbath”….. https://www.facebook.com/groups/OriginalPokeyHoleBluesClub/

  12. Tony, now that the end tour is complete, I would like to share a legacy message that resonates with you and Back Sabbath:

    On Eagle Owl wings the guitar was carried to distant realms where brimstone and ice forged the flaming sword,

    Falling from the owl’s talons the guitar fell into the hands of the Dark Lord who ignited a fire that sparked a sound that pierced earth and sky,

    As the guitar transformed into The Flaming sword, it turned and twisted into the winds of destiny that trembled every memory known to man.

    Engraved on the blade was the name IOMMI which means Conqueror of rock and roll destiny.

    Tony, congratulations on your bright and challenging tenure with Black Sabbath. I hope going forward you maintain the goal of producing some form of rock music being recorded whether its a solo album or with the guys from Sabbath.

    my best wishes always, Vinny

  13. This delightful music! Thank you Tony! You, as always on top! We are with you until the end of time !!!!!

  14. Bravi!
    May your art always flow, beautiful work!
    Thank you for all the years of beautiful music!
    Dave,
    Knaresborough UK

  15. As Excalibur was drawn from the stone, the name TONY IOMMI was forever engraved on the blade burning in the exploding sun.

    Tony now that the End Tour is complete I am sure your future will burn brightly with new music whether its a solo performance like the album FUSED that came out several years ago or another album with the Sabbath guys.

    God bless,

    Vinny Excalibur

  16. Tony, I realize your birthday is approaching. I have to admit you look strong and healthy. As classic and timeless the Sword Excalibur remained in the stone, your legacy with Black Sabbath will reign far past any memory.

    From the dawn of Black Sabbath to songs like Season of the Dead, you will always wield your guitar like Excalibur rising from the lake. ( I cannot wait for more razor sharp riffs to come)

    May triumph and healthy wishes be with you on your approaching birthday. I look forward to hearing new music by you or a recording with the Sabbath greats Geezer, Ozzy and Tommy Cluefettos. No disrespect to the legendary Bill Ward.

  17. Tony, two more days for your birthday. I have to admit, you look polished and still maintain a commanding image. I am sure through the aged grip of your sterling hands, a variety of incisive guitar riffs will be produced by another future album whether a solo project or with the greats of Geezer and Ozzy.

    Have a superb birthday.

  18. HELLO TONY, JUST ANOTHER HAPPY BIRTHDAY ONCE AGAIN AS I HAVE TWEETED YOU THIS MORNING, I REALLY DO HOPE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE YOU AND HEAR NEW MUSIC IN THE NEAR FUTURE LONG LIVE YOU AND BLACK SABBATH

  19. HAPPY B DAY AGAIN TONY. MY FREIND

  20. How Good it Is — This is a really lovely piece of music. Fans of Tony’s metal playing will easily recognize his trademark style – the rhythm guitar in a minor key, the tasteful soloing, which blends seamlessly with the choral passages. But more importantly, the song conveys the affection we feel for our home cities, and perhaps the wistful nostalgia we feel after many years away.

  21. An absolute genius, a man that should have been knighted years ago

  22. dear Tony if i didn’t commit suicide it’s only because of your wonderful gift of music, please don’t give up, you will be Always in my heart, life has always a sense to be lived, i will Always remember your smile during the concert, your music has Always given me the power to live, every time i’m sad i reject my sadness thinking about your musical feelings
    grazie tony
    paolo italia

  23. Tony, I see you have drawn the sword from the stone again. I recently read you are putting together a release of a Black Sabbath documentary including a release of the End Birmingham concert. I am delighted to also have read your interest to assemble a solo album. This news is just GRAND!! I can hardly await the release of these products. Hopefully they will be available on a CD/DVD format. Keep the faith in ROCK because you wield your guitar as THE FLAMING SWORD FOR THE WORLD TO SEE,

    God Bless, Vinny Dark Knight for Iommi

  24. Tony, I see you have drawn the sword from the stone again. I recently read you are putting together a release of a Black Sabbath documentary including a release of the End Birmingham concert. I am delighted to also have read your interest to assemble a solo album. This news is just GRAND!! I can hardly await the release of these products. Hopefully they will be available on a CD/DVD format. Keep the faith in ROCK because you wield your guitar as THE FLAMING SWORD FOR THE WORLD TO SEE,

    God Bless, Vinny

  25. Where can you purchase a cd of this song?

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