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Masters of Reality

Masters of Reality Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 Jun 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Delicious Vinyl
  • ASIN: B000008I7C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 795,085 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Masters of the blues/rock genre 5 April 2011
Format:Audio CD
I always find it disappointing when a worthy piece of music hasn't been reviewed or rated, so here goes..

Originally released in1988 on Def American and subsequently re-released in1990 on Delicious Vinyl, (with an additional track,"Doraldina's Prophecies" and a change in song sequence), this sef-titled debut is often referred to as "The Blue Garden", on account of the cover artwork, and is the brainchild of Chris Goss.

He's perhaps better known as a producer, having worked with the likes of Kyuss, Soulwax, Stone Temple Pilots and Queens Of The Stone Age, to name but a few.

The band's name was inspired by the Black Sabbath same-titled album from the early 70's and the sounds and imagery found within can find influences from early Floyd and Hendrix to John Mayall and Cream (Ginger Baker was so impressed he played on the band's next album).

This debut is a triumph of the blues/rock genre and is, in my opinion, timeless.

There are occasions when it could be Page or Clapton on lead and puts me in mind of the dream sequences in Zeppelin's "The Song Remains The Same".

There's also a strong connection with Tame Impala's "Innerspeaker" (perhaps Kevin Parker's a fan !).

This album swings from out and out blues ("The Candy Song" and "The Eyes Of Texas") to full on rock ("Kill The King" and the excellent "Domino").

I'm surprised Mr. Goss hails from New York State because, at times, there's a real Southern boogie thing going on (think of pre "Eliminator" ZZ Top), particularly on tracks like "Lookin' To Get Rite" (are those maracas I can hear?) and "John Brown" (great slide guitar).

The album's produced by Rick Rubin, who's not a man known for getting involved in 'fluffy' projects or wasting his time, and it shows.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true great 25 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD
I thought that I would pile in and echo the sentiments of the other guys who have reviewed this. I bought this for the first time in 1989, never having heard it but based upon great reviews. Hearing it was a revelation and I would say without hesitation that it is one of the greatest rock albums ever made. It is a real one off. I had my CD stolen in a burglary a year later and replaced it many years after that at great expence. I've now managed to acquire it on vinyl. Anyone who owns this album treasures it because it is head and shoulders above the rest. There is not a weak point on the whole record. It's like a diesel powered mixture of Cream and OLD ZZTop (when they were good). Without this album there would have been no Queens of the Stone Age and so many more. Tim Harrington's razorwire guitar and Chris Goss's laidback, Jack Bruce-esque vocals drift over the thumping rhythm section of Googe & Vinnie Ludovico create a real musical masterpiece which the band never again matched over the length of a full album.
This album is quite rare and highly sought after by those in the know but even if you have to pay through the nose for a copy of this opus on LP or CD...pay it. It will be the best record investment you will make for a record which I have tried to, but still can't praise highly enough. Genius+
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masters of Reality - Untitled (The Blue Garden) 26 Aug 2011
By Craig
Format:Vinyl
Twenty years ago, I considered this to be the best album I'd ever heard. During hard times it got sold off, and I always regretted it, as it proved impossible to find a replacement. Now I finally have it, I think it may actually be better than I remember it - like, the best sound of any kind I've ever heard! Seriously, five stars isn't enough; can I give it ten?
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