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Master Of Reality [Original recording remastered, 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 (26 Feb 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Castle
  • ASIN: B000005RFJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,466 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Album Of All Time 11 Oct 2003
By Raven
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I first heard this is in 1971 and must have played it 50,000 times since. The best Sabbath album and the best album ever made in my opinion.
The production is totally in tune with what Sabbath was trying to achieve on the album. It is heavy, haunting and doomy. Ozzy's vocals are at its best and the bass playing is unbelievable.
My favourite track is Into the Void but to be honest all the tracks are first class.
This is definatley the heaviest of all Sabbath albums. I never get tired of listing to the tracks and never will.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enter Sabbath 9 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
The first 2 albums may be seminal but quality-wise, Master of Reality is the band's first true classic. Whereas Black Sabbath was a heavy blues album and Paranoid was a psychedelic blues album, Master of Reality is the first real statement from the band that earned their coined 'heavy metal' tag. From the very onset, it's all chugging, down-tuned, fuzzy, big sounding riffs that are synonymous with what heavy metal is today. It is also really their only true heavy metal album, strangely as blues and rock and roll pervades most of their Ozzy catalogue. Later on Dehumanizer came close but not with the same bravado and simple genius that was found on this gem. Hearing it 25 years ago, in the midst of Metallica'a Black Album and the end of Iron Maiden's first triumphant reign, it did not seem out of place. In fact it towered over some of the greats that they influenced. In short, it is Metallica's Master of Puppets, Maiden's Number of the Beast and Slayer's Reign in Blood years before they had been written. That's how astounding it is.

'Sweet Leaf' explodes into life after the 'coughing' and displays one of the killerest riffs ever. From the very first note it is infectious. It's almost sexy it's that good. And the best part is that, as with the rest of the album, they do not mess with the formula. On later albums and even on the 2 preceding this tangents were gone off to and songs became lots of songs, which ruined the perfect innocence of just a simple, catchy riff. There are 2 riffs and that's it. And that's all you need. Classic. 'After Forever' is faster and not as perfect but is still an excellent, rumbling song that is 5 plus mins long but doesn't feel like it. A near perfect 2nd track. 'Embryo' lasts merely 20 seconds and is acoustic. It is slight but needed.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original and Best 4 Dec 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
After the debut LP and the success they had with Paranoid, Sabbath were probably under pressure to come up with something new. Wouldn't surprise me if their record company wanted a more commercial approach and another hit single. Iommi and Butler had mastered the Heavy Metal Leviathan that they had single handedly created. They took the best moments from their previous releases, and came up with the most amazing riff filled album ever. Sweatleaf, After Forever, Children Of The Grave, Lord Of This World and Into The Void - 5 of the finest Heavy Metal songs ever written. Sure, they had to fill it out with some instrumental interludes and a (decent) ballad but if you want a place to start with Black Sabbath because you've heard the stories and you're not convinced with Paranoid, Master of Reality is for you. Osbourne's vocals are a marked improvement, the lyrics are great - it's just perfect. The band went on to make the excellent Vol 4, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Sabotage and the under rated Technical Ecstacy - All worth 5 stars. Keep coming back to Master of Reality - Children Of The Grave was one of the first Heavy Metal songs I ever heard and it changed my life. The Middle 8 section of Into The Void gives me goosebumps 30 years later! I review a lot of new stuff, I should be doing more of this!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Sabbath At Their Career Peak 10 Sep 2007
By Tom Chase VINE VOICE
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"Master of Reality" is the epitome of Black Sabbath's monolithic riff-fuelled rock. If you want music with heavy, bluesy and infectious riffs, melodic vocals and breath-taking guitar solos, then look no further than "Master of Reality".

This is one of those special albums where every track has become a classic over the years. It all starts with the fantastic "Sweet Leaf", which was initially my favourite song on the album. "Sweet Leaf" kicks the album off in style and lays down the foundations perfectly. The opening cough/splutter sample gives meaning to the title, and sets up one of the most prominent themes and influences for the band - marijuana. This was truly the start of stoner rock. Please don't think that this stupefies the music in any way - an accusation I have heard many a time when listing stoner rock as one of my favourite genres. Yes, this album is a great experience when ripped, as are the best of the modern day stoner albums, but don't be put off thinking a sober state will forge no rewards. Bong or no bong, this is one of the best rock albums ever made.

The riffs. Let me talk about some of the timeless riffs on this album. Riffs that over the years have become massively influential and classic in every sense of the word. It is through no chance or overreaction that people nowadays refer to some guitar riffs and leads as "Sabbath-esque" or "Sabbathy". The grand onslaught of these riffs starts with the simplistic and contagious lead to "Sweet Leaf", one of my favourite riffs ever conceived. The glory to this riff, and with the majority of Tony Iommi's genius craft, is the simplicity - sacrificing complex timings, extra ghost notes and fancy finger work for simple motifs. The emphasis is put firmly on execution and groove.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Illegal bootleg copy
These albums are illegal bootleg copies which have been burnt to CD manually.

DO NOT BUY THEM!!!!!

This is a rip off!!!
Published 4 months ago by AGB
5.0 out of 5 stars Yay sabbath !
Bought this for my husband as he has it on vinyl and I thought he could use it in the car . He is very happy with the quality of sound and I think it was money well spent as it's... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sandie
3.0 out of 5 stars 3rd time unlucky
It's OK, as the 3 stars suggest, but not a patch on the first 2 albums, now I remember why I didn't buy it when it was released.
Published 5 months ago by David Fordham
5.0 out of 5 stars Master of Reality
My Son is a total Black Sabbath fan and wanted this CD to add to his collection. He was really happy to open this on Christmas Day.
Published 6 months ago by S. Holt
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but goldie
Black Sabbath as they are! Classics, root, heavy, hard rock that must be in every rocker's collection... Quality sound too.
Published 9 months ago by Darko MarušiŤ
5.0 out of 5 stars memories
I had the record of this album but had forgotten about it. Listening again helped me remember the good old days.
Published 11 months ago by Sonya
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Album
This was a replacement for the vinyl original which I foolishly sold a few years back. Ideal for ageing rockers.
Published 12 months ago by caz
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 12 months ago by GarethEvs3
5.0 out of 5 stars Back On Tour
With Black Sabbath back on tour and everybody cashing in, this record will probably sell by the bucketload in the next couple of weeks.
Published 14 months ago by Dan Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Sabb's
I grew up with Black Sabbath, so its a must have for the collection.
If you like progressive rock then you should love this. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Andy Cham
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