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Black Sabbath Volume 4 [VINYL] [Original recording remastered]

Black Sabbath Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (1 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B002JIEYJY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,087 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wheels Of Confusion
2. Tomorrow's Dream
3. Changes
4. FX
5. Supernaut
6. Snow Blind
7. Cornucopia
8. Laguna Sunrise
9. St. Vitus Dance
10. Under The Sun

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Superb Re-Issue Of Classic Album Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, Ozzy Osbourne - four names that resonate throughout Rock's recorded history as clear and sublime as the haunting bell that tolls the opening to their eponymous debut album from 1970. Collectively, they formed Black Sabbath and forged the most diabolic and hypnotic rock sound of all time. In so doing, they enslaved the minds and souls of millions of rock fans around the world and continue to do so into the new millennium. The musical genre they created also inspired countless musicians and spawned a thousand bands, all of which have attempted to emulate the Heavy Metal originators but few have come close to rival the unquiet dread inherent within the musical make-up of the Birmingham band. Today, Black Sabbath are hailed as the true creators of the Heavy Metal genre and their history and influential legacy is continually dissected and discussed within the pages of Rock publications all over the world. With the genre in such a vibrant state of health, messrs Iommi, Butler, Osbourne and Ward still revel in the occasional reunion as a continual reminder to all of their dominance over the landscape that is Heavy Metal and all its illegitimate offspring! By the time Black Sabbath began work on what was to be their fourth album in '72, the conveniently titled Volume 4, they were very much in the ascendant. Their fan base was growing with each succeeding tour and album, and their style was firmly established. However, to the band members, the treadmill of the rock cycle - album/tour/album/tour in perpetuity - offered no challenge any more. They wanted to stretch themselves, to push the parameters of what they'd already created. So, for the new album, the band took a leap of faith into the unknown. Musically, the band weren't prepared to superglue themselves back into a comfort zone and just do what was expected of them. They wanted to go beyond the da...

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes me happy, Makes me cold 1 Dec 2009
By Supertzar TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I found this album so confusing as a teenager - what the hell were piano lament Changes, boinging nonsense FX and cod-Flamenco Laguna Sunrise doing on it? How come I'd never heard them play monster track Wheels of Confusion live? Why could I not warm to Under the Sun or St Vitus Dance?

Years later, I appreciate Volume 4 for what it is - an essential bridge between the the dark Satanic thrills of the first three albums and the more ambitious and accomplished Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. Wheels of Confusion is a relentless medley of different riffs, each strong enough to support a separate song. Supernaut is a hugely underrated and joyful explosion of energy, complete with a Santana-esque voodoo carnival interlude. Tomorrows Dream and Snowblind are the album's poppier moments - catchy and chugging mid-tempo songs, propelled by Tony's inventive riffs and Bill Ward's distinctive tight-skinned drumming. The increased experimentation on the album - slow songs, sound effects, acoustic tracks, double-tracking and synthesizers all helped to lay the foundations for Sabbath's musical purple patch with Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.

The 2009 remaster appears to add some bottom-end punch whilst reducing some of the separation and treble - and thereby clarity - from previous releases. This works well on Snowblind and Supernaut, which sound more relentless and pounding than ever, however Cornucopia and Under the Sun just feel gloomier and muddier and Wheels of Confusion has lost some dynamic sparkle. The stereo mix has been swapped round from the 2004 Sanctuary releases, so lead guitars in Cornucopia and Laguna Sunrise now emerge from the right hand speaker - although I've no idea where they sat on the original LP.

A landmark album then, but not perhaps the definitive remastering I was expecting. My iPod will keep a copy of the 2004 Sanctuary release for a while longer.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masters of Metal 7 Sep 2010
By The Guy
Format:Audio CD
This album alone represents some of the most pivotal sounds that have spawned so many to follow. Black Sabbath are the true masters of metal. Having the original vinyl album I found that I could not be without this album on CD. From it's opening track Wheels Of Confusion to such great tunes as Cornucopia and St. Vitus Dance this album is a must for all Metal fans. For those who have only just found rock and metal as a music form then this album should be one of the first to invest in.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Genius 24 Oct 2010
By Ken Raus VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
For a certain English generation,This is dhe classic hard rock album that starts with the stunning doomladen Wheels of Confusion and ends side One with the stunninger classic Supernaut,One of the best songs ever written in any musical genre,In my unhumble opinion...Supernaut features a lovely and incongruous acoustic section in the middle before it blasts onward describing its tale of bitter egoism to the listener...Nothing really poppy enough for a single on this album,Perhaps,But there may have been one,Nonetheless.
Yes,there are one or two lame tracks,FX not least but there is a weighty clutch of great songs on this superb album and after all,Changes is still a good and memorable song...the original gatefold vinyl release anciently featured an inside booklet,So,can't comment on the CD versions,Only the musical quality,Which is fabulous and virtually indispensable to any 'classical' rock music fanatic...A landmark and standard set for a whole genre and fantastically influential and an inspiration to most of the subsequent big names in the hard rock arena from a time when Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin were very stiff competition for the attentive ears of long hair teens into heavy metal rather than pop or progressive,Whatever,although various tastes don't have to be mutually exclusive and thus the different stylistic streaks on this album just vary the bleak and grim mood enough for it not to become monotonous...Try it if you don't know it and do like the genre,It's unlikely to dissappoint and then try Masters of Reality.Master Of RealityParanoidBlack SabbathSabbath Bloody Sabbath
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Sabbath Album 7 May 2014
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This fourth Black Sabbath album titled Vol 4 sees a transition in the sound of Sabbath from the dark metal material of Sabbaths first three albums as Vol 4 sees Sabbath expand into a slightly softer side with the excellent yet underrated Changes that showcases a wonderfully delivered ballad by Ozzy.

Snowblind is my favourite track on this album which shows Sabbath at the heavy rocking best, Yet Tomorrows Dreams & Laguna Sunrise are two brilliant yet underrated Sabbath tracks which sees the band sound maturing as musical artists.

This album has now been Digitally Remastered sounding clearer & sharper than it has in year's.

Vol 4 is a album that shows Black Sabbath maturing in there songwriting delivering a slightly different album than the previous 3 albums proving the Brummie rocks are not resting on there laurels by experimenting yet still know how to deliver what the fan's want which is hard rock.

Timelord Rating.
10/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trilogy expands on quadrilogy ... 24 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD
"Vol.4" phenomenal journey continues where "Master of Reality" left off. The album contains another
great opus of 10 songs, mixed with psychedelic experimentation. They made it again! Required listening
for all fans of hard 'n' heavy music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
perfect
Published 4 days ago by Virgilijus
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 4 days ago by Anders Thomsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Well come on !
Its the sabs, need i say more ? This is one of my fave Sabbath albums, i've got it on vinyl so had to move with the times.
Published 1 month ago by mart
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Bought this to replace my original vinyl copy. What else can I say. Was great first time round so couldn't be disappointed
Published 3 months ago by Queenrocks
3.0 out of 5 stars Black Sabbath Vol 4 is still ok after all these years
Purchased after reading Ozzy's autobiography and lives up to expectations of an album that is both quite old now; but a central part of the work of Black Sabbath.
Published 8 months ago by Peter Holding
5.0 out of 5 stars sabbath
classic album, doesn't let you down from start to finish. A must buy album with the underated "Changes" song,showing the softer side of Ozzy's song writing.
Published 12 months ago by Mr A POOLE
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
The highhat is quite high in the mix now. The quality of the performances really comes through - a classic album.
Published 12 months ago by P. C. Hockaday
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind blowing.
It was easier to buy than to sit and try to burn from Cassette. Just me being lazy as I have always loved Deep P.
Published 12 months ago by C. ANDREWS
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Album!!!
I am a true Black Sabbath fan and I love this album! It is well worth the money in my opinion!
Published 13 months ago by GarethEvs3
4.0 out of 5 stars great sound but...
Look I've had this on vinyl for 25 years, but lost the original in a move, this is a very good reprint, but its not exactly sounding the same, and the vinyl skips, maybe my set up. Read more
Published 21 months ago by D. J. Lane
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