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Black Sabbath Volume 4 Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (1 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B002JIEYLW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
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1. Wheels Of Confusion/ The Straightener
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 / Every Day Comes And Goes

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Disc: 1

1. Wheels Of Confusion/ The Straightener
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 / Every Day Comes And Goes

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Supertzar on 1 Dec. 2009
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Jan. 2001
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tom on 31 Jan. 2007
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The Guy on 7 Sept. 2010
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Nov. 2001
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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