- Audio CD (1 April 2014)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording remastered
- Label: Sanctuary
- ASIN: B00022TPT8
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- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
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Master of Reality Original recording remastered
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Black Sabbath's first two releases, Black Sabbath and Paranoid, were more than groundbreaking, they were earth-shattering, exposing the public to a brutal new form of noise pollution termed heavy metal. But it was the band's third album, Master of Reality, that cemented the group as blackened wizards of doom and gloom. Just listen to the echoing cough and sludgy guitar riff of the opening track "Sweet Leaf" and compare it to anything that existed at the time. Not only were Black Sabbath heavier than Deep Purple or Vanilla Fudge, they were also more experimental and controversial, exploring themes of darkness, drugs, and depravity that others dared not address. The heaviest and most influential disc of Black Sabbath's career, Master of Reality featured proto-metal sludge like "Children of the Grave" and "After Forever," which served as a blueprint for a legion of musicians including '90s Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Smashing Pumpkins. --Jon Wiederhorn
Top Customer Reviews
'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.Read more ›
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.
I will stick with my original version for the time being as Im happy with it.Amazon are selling the same version as ive got for under £4.oo its a great buy and I highly recommend it as a truly fantastic Sabbath album,mind you ive got all there albums but this is still my favourite and most played album from the band.
Hope review is of some help.
From the opening flem enhanced 'Sweet Leaf' to the gargantuan riffs of closing track 'Into The Void' this is a monster of an album and clearly inspired a whole generation of doom metal/stoner bands.
highlights? every track, not a weak moment here,drug influenced Sweet Leaf',the religion questioning 'After Forever'(my mothers face when she heard the ...pope on a rope.. lyric).the hammer house of horror satanic pretence of 'Children of the Grave/Lord of this World' to the light and shade 'Solitude' and the riff tastic 'Into The Void' Tony Iommi the riffmaster.In hindsight was it neccesary for 2 short instrumentals 'Embryo/Orchid? possibly a sign of ego's creeping in but at the time it matter not to the listener,as your ears rang from Sabbaths heaviest ever album.The remaster is excellent and copes with the original production pretty well. 5 stars well earned.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I never heard any of original vinyl prints, but i think this is good one, anD i have to notice that my turnable is a middle quality one but my cartidge is a AT311EP, so i decided... Read morePublished 18 days ago by N. Zissis
'Embryo' and 'Orchid' don't actually exist as tracks on this album except as tiny introductions to 'Children of the Grave' and 'Lord of this World', respectively. Read morePublished 3 months ago by 42-39-56
I have this album on vinyl. It's so old now and I hardly dare play it! It great to hear it again, timeless.Published 4 months ago by Helen Gans