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5.0 out of 5 stars The next best thing, 18 July 2011
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This review is from: Master of Reality (Audio CD)
Does another review of Master of Reality really need to written? If you do not have this in your collection, what is wrong with you, buy it immediately, and if you have it in your collection you will not be reading this review.

The only reason not to buy this particular remaster is that an enhanced version is now available with extras on, other than that, this CD makes good sense with insightful sleeve notes from Bill Ward, and the next best music after Paranoid.

From Bill Ward hacking his lungs up as the intro to Sweetleaf until the final thundering chord of Into the Void, this album is one of the best Sabbath did (and they did not do a bad album in the Oz years), the highlights being After Forever (you just have to love a song that has the lyrics "Do you want to see the Pope on the end of a rope, do you think he's a fool?") and Children of the Grave, not about zombies or vampires, but about the now generation of 1970 having no future, title really throws you on that one, and Lord of the World (a song actually about Satan). A couple of oddities in Embryo and Orchid, very small instrumentals that seem to act as punctuation in the overall script of the album, and Solitude following on from the brilliant Planet Caravan to show they could do slow and gentle (and personally I think this is where Ozzy does his best vocal work, proving he could actually sing) and which would obviousley lead to Changes on Volume 4.

An album I will always come back to, essential listenning for anyone who thinks heavy metal began in the 80's, no-one ever did it better than Ozzy, Tony, Geezer and Bill.
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