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Black Sabbath 4 [SACD, SHM-CD, Import]

Black Sabbath Audio CD
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Black Sabbath has been so influential in the development of heavy metal rock music as to be a defining force in the style. The group took the blues-rock sound of late '60s acts like Cream, Blue Cheer, and Vanilla Fudge to its logical conclusion, slowing the tempo, accentuating the bass, and emphasizing screaming guitar solos and howled vocals full of lyrics expressing mental anguish and ... Read more in Amazon's Black Sabbath Store

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  • Audio CD (31 July 2012)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: SACD, SHM-CD, Import
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • ASIN: B007Y7RG9K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 541,248 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Predecessor to a masterpiece. 17 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's fair to say that the first six Sabbath albums were defining classics of the heavy rock genre. With Vol 4 (or should I say Snowblind, its working , drug orientated original title) Sabbath began to put a bit of finesse into their music. From the epic eight minute "Wheels of Confusion", a true Sabs fan can see that whilst the band had not lost any of its pummelling brutallity, the band had actually began to write some rock classics, the best of which would probably be "Snowblind" and "Supernaut". However if your like me and pure heavy Iommi riffs and Banshee screams, check the downtuned "Cornucopia" and "Under the Sun" to see just where the Soundgardens andf Metallicas of this world came from. Add to these the beautifully subtle, Morriconesque "Laguna Sunrise" and I suppose you have the perfect album and a wonderful predecessor to "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still 100% Sabbath... 31 Jan 2007
By Tom
Format:Audio CD
To say that Vol 4 was the beginning of the end for Sabbath, the start of the long downward spiral into break ups and infighting, as some have commented is a bit of an overstatement.

The year was 1972. The band had only been going as a professional unit, with albums under it belt for 2 years ! If anything, Vol 4 consolidated everything that the band had put into previous efforts, tweaked the problems and brought the good stuff to the fore.

If you want to hear it start to go wrong, or at least go awry, buy `Sabotage'.

Vol 4 is in my opinion a monster of a record. From the opening distraught guitars of Wheels of Confusion, to the last notes of Under the Sun, this album shows Sabbath doing what they do best, experimenting with sound and pulling it off.

Sure the inclusion of tracks like `FX' and `Changes', are all a bit unnecessary, the former track being regarded by Tommy Iommi now as a complete waste of time.

Vol 4 has after all some of Sabbath's greatest live songs on it. Supernaught, not only a distinctly "Sabbath track" but one of rocks all time best tunes. Snowblind, again, shows off Sabbath's knack of going from pretty mid paced, melancholic ramblings, to all out vehement aggressive rock. And that's what makes them great.

Iommi's crushing guitar riffs, Butler's bass punching the music out of the speakers, bill Wards drumming, strangely furious in places, in others almost stoned. And of course Ozzy's strangled, some times sorrowful, sometimes violent vocals.

The riffs on tracks like Supernaught and St Vitus Dance just reaffirm why Sabbath are the true granddaddies of modern metal.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Classic Heavy Rock! 10 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Black Sabbath's Volume 4 is an outstanding collection of mature songwriting and superb musicianship.The album doesn't have one weak track and stands beside Led Zeppelin's fourth album Deep Purple's Made in Japan and AC/Dc's Back in Black as an essential to any rock collection.Wheels of Confusion has an addictive infectious groove with a superb Ozzy vocal that leaves you singing "Long ago I wandered through my mind" long after the cd has finished.Supernaut with awesome Bill Ward drumming (check out the bass drum patterns) and Snowblind are killer tracks and Under the Sun and Cornucopia are noisy walks through the graveyard.Of course Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler are also on form too.It's a pure classic and you must have it.In my opinion it's Sabbath's finest moment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This fourth release from Black Sabbath's classic line up, Osbourne, Iommi, Ward and Butler, is a bit of a mixed bag and a little bit of a disappointment after the mighty Master of reality'.

It is well documented that at this time the substance abuse was starting to become a real problem for the band, and it is just starting to show in the work here. It would become more prominent in later releases.

Not as coherent or consistent as `Master of Reality', with attempts to expand the classic Black Sabbath sound with keyboards and orchestrations, this is a bit of a departure that sometimes works, sometimes doesn't. The pace is a bit different as well, with slower piano led tracks like `Changes' interspersing the classic Heavy Rock sound. There is some good songwriting on show here (Snowblind, classic...), but again it is inconsistent. And musically the band were coming apart a bit, the playing just isn't as tight or accurate as it was on earlier releases.

This is still a good album though, and certainly a lot better than some of their later recordings. Definitely worth three stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sabbath you cannot live without 28 Jun 2009
By BevRen
Format:Audio CD
Volume 4 was my first Black Sabbath album - its predecessors followed in hot pursuit. But even after hearing the wonders of their first release - and my initiation into the dark new world of heavy metal - Volume 4 remains the all time sound of Black Sabbath at their very very best.

The precision of Tony Iommi's guitar and unusual stability of the Osbourne vocals are admirably supported by a bass and drum sound of immense strength - unique to Geezer Butler and Bill Ward. This is an album that reaches out to Sabbath fans - its captivating perfection paving the way for the inevitable decline which kicked in after their next release, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.

For the uninitiated, Volume 4 is a metal collector's must-have, and a hard act to follow - trust me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sabbath in a different light
Yet another classic from the sabs, this album was the start of them turning slightly progressive, which they would then take on to their two masterpieces 'SBS and sabotage. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Christopher J. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album. Get it.
Great album. One of sabbath's best, and by far the best sounding. Very good production quality for its age. Get it.
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars vol 4 ,gives you more.
Volume 4 gives you more,of the same but even better,if 'Master Of Reality' was the culmination of the dogged early years then Volume 4 can be seen as a stepping stone. Read more
Published on 1 July 2010 by Mr Blackwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Sabbath 4 as it should be
I got Sabbath's Vol. 4 as a Christmas present in 1972. 37 years on I still think it's an amazing album. Read more
Published on 23 Dec 2009 by Mr. John Leigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Classic
I can't say I know much about the background to this album nor the circumstances of the members as I was not really around or conscience of it in 1972; all I know is that since I... Read more
Published on 4 Oct 2009 by Matthew Thorpe
5.0 out of 5 stars Clasic Album
This is a classic piece of rock history - and sounds every bit of it!
Published on 25 Aug 2009 by M. C. Durie
5.0 out of 5 stars I think its the best Sabbath album
IMHO this is the best album Black Sabbath did, a true classic. The rawness and lack of technical knowledge that is evident on the previous ablums has gone and been replaced with... Read more
Published on 22 July 2009 by Mr. D. V. Beresford
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album but ruined by the song Changes.
This album is brilliant. Ignore the negative reviews, this is a great album. The song Changes just reminds me of the awful cover by Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne so I do not like it, but... Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2008 by Sandra O'Hagan
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums I own.
Ive heard a lot of bad reviews about this album being "boring" and "disapointing" simply because its a bit experimental. Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2008 by Felgates
4.0 out of 5 stars Changes
Plenty is said about this album already. Great tracks but for the bizarre FX. Much has been made out about the inclusion of the piano led 'Changes'. Read more
Published on 20 May 2007 by MartinG
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