7 Deadly Zens

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7 Deadly Zens is a solo studio album by Styx guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw. It was released in 1998 by CMC International Records. The album is in a hard rock style.

7 Deadly Zens
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 30, 1998
LabelCMC International
ProducerTommy Shaw
Eddie Ashworth
Tommy Shaw chronology
7 Deadly Zens
The Great Divide
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Tommy Shaw, except where noted.

1."Ocean" 3:33
2."Stop Knockin'"Tommy Shaw, Gerry Goffin, Barry Goldberg5:17
3."All in How You Say It"Tommy Shaw, Gerry Goffin4:47
4."What Do You Want From Life" 4:37
5."In This Night" 3:55
6."Half a Mind" 3:58
7."Straight Down the Line"Tommy Shaw, Jack Blades5:01
8."Diamond" 4:24
9."Inspiration" 5:55
10."Who I Am" 7:08
11."Down on the Ground" 5:53
12."A Place to Call My Own" 5:40
13."It Doesn't Show (Hidden Track)"  
14."How Should I Feel" (Japanese Bonus Track)" 4:55


  • Tommy Shaw: all guitars, mandolins, baritone guitars
  • Ted Nugent: lead guitar on tracks 1 & 12
  • Jeffery "C.J." Vanston: Hammond B-3, Wurlitzer & Fender-Rhodes electric pianos on tracks 2, 3, 8 & 10
  • Kirk Helle: extremely noisy guitars & things on tracks 1, 2, 3, 7, 10 & 11; string arrangements
  • Jack Blades: bass guitar
  • John Pierce: bass guitar
  • Marco Mendoza: bass guitar
  • Todd Sucherman: drums
  • Michael Cartellone: additional drums
  • Umfante': all percussion; all background vocals except on track 10
  • Maxine, Julia & Oren Waters: background vocals on track 10
  • Jerry Goodman: terrifying violin solo on track 2
  • The 7 Deadly Zens Quartet: David Lowe, Jerry Goodman, Vivian, Oscar: strings
  • Murmuring Tommyncale Choir: choral group
  • Kevin Cronin: duet vocal on track 7
  • Alison Krauss: duet vocal on track 6
  • Ed Roland: middle eight vocal on track 1
  • Asfoon Kia: castanets on track 11
  • Keith Marks: additional engineering (guitar solos & keyboards)
  • Ted Nugent, Marina Sirtis, Angie Dickinson, Umfante': spoken words

Enhanced CDEdit

Enhanced CD features include:

  • QuickTime videos on the making of the album, with studio footage and clips with Kevin Cronin, Alison Kraus and Ted Nugent
  • photos
  • song lyrics
  • web links