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Master of Reality

Black Sabbath Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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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 (18 Sep 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Essential
  • ASIN: B00004Y3CT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 501,217 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Master of more than just Reality 2 Feb 2004
By Peestie
Format:Audio CD
In 1971 Black Sabbath were unstoppable. They had just released the classic Paranoid and now they would follow it up with an album full of classics. The opener "Sweet Leaf" is a prayer to Sabbath's drug of choice and is one of the songs that apparently inspired "grunge" 20 years later. After that is "After Forever" and this is one of the songs that I let people listen to if they call Sabbath devil-worshippers. They generally don't say it again, with the songs religious attitude. Then "Embryo" leads us into the best song on the album, and arguably the best Black Sabbath song from their whole career. "Children Of The Grave" is a heavy masterpiece about revolution and if you like heavy metal you will love this song. The second half of the album is not as strong as the firt half, but is still the kind of quality that evades most other bands. "Lord of this World" is a heavy rocker, and the worst song on the album, but it is by no means bad. "Solitude" is the softest track, and is similar to "Planet Caravan" from Paranoid. The album finisher is the dirge-like "Into The Void" telling of how we should leave this world behind and is a typical piece of powerful metal by Black Sabbath.
Tony Iommi is showing us hard rock/heavy metal guitar at its peak and backed up by the rythmn section from Hell, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward it just works so well. Add Ozzy wailing over the top of these three master musicians and you get something that is haunting, powerful and brilliant. These four somehow manage to make something that is more than the sum of its parts.
Overall "Master Of Reality" sounds quite raw and brutal and this sound gives it a brilliant atmosphere, which I personally love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much the epicentre of heavy rock music. 11 Mar 2003
By Jason
Format:Audio CD
Whilst the eponymous debut album sent shockwaves through hippy trippy Britain and Paranoid was heralded as a classic, this album is pretty much the bible for heavy rockers to come. This album is to seventies rock what "Reign In Blood" is to "Speed Metal", the purest and most relentless heavy rockin album. Fair enough there are a couple of acoustic interludes and the extremely moody "Solitude" but interspersed between these are five classic heavy rock cuts which are evident influences on many of more recent heavy rock acts (highlighted by the fact that they were all covered on "Nativity In Black").
"Sweet Leaf" the album opener is to all intents and purposes the blueprint for nineties grunge, a classic on stage and on record.
"After Forever" shows a little of Iommi's ability to intersperse melody with riffery as well as denounce Satan worship (some of these bible bashers should actually listen to some of Sabbath's lyrics) before "Embryo" leads us into the chugging "Children Of The Grave", quite simply the heaviest song ever. The riffs from this have since been sped up and made a lot of "Speed Metal" bands very famous. Then another acoustic initiated riff fest, "Orchid" nicely introduces us to the again plodding "Lord Of This World" perhaps the weakest of the heavy songs on the album but keeping up the almost relentless assault.
But the best for me is saved until last. After the moody "Solitude" (is that really Ozzy singing?) we are treated to the great album closer "Into The Void" another stone cold classic which takes enough time to progress through a few riff changes but remain heavy.
This would be the last time Sabbath would pursue the all out heavy root and would take an increasingly more progressive approach which would produce two more great albums and three of varying quality with Ozzy fronting the band. But for me, this is their best
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sabbath are the masters of music 20 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album has always been a favourite of mine when it came to heavy metal albums. The two out standing tracks on the album are the opening track, Sweet Leaf, and the classic Children Of The Grave. This album also features couple of instrumental tracks, the first being the short but enjoyable Embryo and the longer and more musically complex Orchid, one of the best sounding tracks you are likely to hear. The tracks Orchid shows off Tony Iommi's guitar skills to the fullest and you really appreciate just how good he is on the instrument. When you add this to the vocal skills of the great man himself, Ozzy Osbourne, you have all the necessary qualities that go into making a great album. Geezer Butler is the star of the track Lord Of The World; with it's dark brooding lyrics and is one of the darker tracks on the album. The fastest track is Into The Void and encumbers some of the best guitar riffs I have ever heard from Sabbath. If you are thinking of buying a Black Sabbath album to hear whet they are like you should look no further than this one as it shows the group at their best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The LP you have to own 26 Sep 2002
Format:Audio CD
Sabbath produced some seminal work in the early seventies but this is the one to get if you are a follower of heavy rock. Everything produced since owes itself in some way to this LP. The riffs, the sentiment of the lyrics, the precursor to thrash rock, Ozzy's voice, the whole shebang. I still have the original vinyl with poster and vertigo label and it still sounds good.
Put the cd on, close the curtains,light a candle and shove it through a pair of 250W B&W's and you can hear it all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quite Possibly the best album of all time 27 Sep 2005
By Ed
Format:Audio CD
Well its Sabbaths Best and Sabbath being the greatest band ever, that would make this the best recording of all time. Its hard to believe that anything this crushingly heavy is well over 30 years old. However its not just pedalling heavy riffs which is what some 40 somethings would have you believe, there is always the light and shade contrast that makes Sabbath so damn awesome, just see solitude for a beautiful mellow song or Into the Void of you want to hear Tony Iommi's Riffs crush your head. Yeah there that heavy!
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