Master of Reality
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Certified Multi-Platinum (2 times) by the RIAA. (7/01)
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
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Is it worth getting these versions? Well it depends on whether you're looking for value or the best sound quality. The Black Box is cheaper than buying them all separately, and if you already have it then you'll have to decide whether you want to buy the same albums yet again. For crazy audiophiles like me I'd say it's definitely the way to go. To put it in a number value, Black Box Master Of Reality ReplayGain value -8.89, 2010 Sanctuary Master Of Reality ReplayGain value -4.01. I also looked at the waveforms of Children Of The Grave in Audacity just for fun and it almost looks like 2 completely different songs. There's also a Deluxe Edition with a second disc of outtakes so you might want to check that one out if alternate versions are your thing.
You already know the big songs: "Into the Void", "Sweet Leaf", "Children of the Grave". These songs all combine crushing riffs, stark vocals, and the quintessential Black Sabbath sound that only these four guys could produce. Something about Bill Ward's slightly off timekeeping and Geezer Butler's trademark slinky bass drives these songs on a hellbent path.
You can't go wrong with the rest of the album either, not a weak song in the bunch. "After Forever" combines a couple riffs together into a mutant beast of hard rock. "Lord of This World" is brutal. "Solitude" is hauntingly beautiful, a masterpiece that neither Sabbath nor Ozzy would equal later.
This deluxe edition combines the original album with a bonus disc containing demos and instrumentals. There are alternate lyrics as well. I like the instrumental versions because you get the hear the band stripped down and the interplay of the instruments. These guys truly were psychicly locked in. (Geezer and Tony have always said so.) Casual fans won't need this bonus disc, as there is a lot of repeat, but diehards like myself love having these previously unheard versions.
Last of all is a completely unreleased song, completely unknown to me previously, called "Weevil Woman". The great thing about this song is that it is not a throw-away. It is up to the Sabbath standard, and almost as good as anything on the album itself.Read more ›
Master starts out with the epic opening of Sweet Leaf, with Tony Iommi choking on a joint(it's truly how it begins) and the songs just kicks in with the nice slow riff, it truly is one of Sabbath's best songs. I will also mention it was written about Ozzy's favourite leaf (I guess you know which one). After Forever is one of the best things the band did, if you read the lyrics more closely you'll see that its Sabbath saying they believe in god! It might sound weird with Sabbath's reputation at the time, but they wanted to get the satanic thing behind them at the time. "Would you like to see the pope on the end of the rope? Do you think he's a fool? Well I've seen the truth and I've changed my ways" just great lyrical stuff. Then Embryo follows which is a nice and different, 28 seconds acoustic song, it's a great introduction to another classic, Children of the Grave.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Was supposed to be a great Black Sabbath album. It was! And great outtakes too!Published 5 months ago by Philippe Marazzani
I've started collecting these deluxe editions now for a few months and while most of them are well done, I feel this one is one of the weakest. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Marcus Almighty
...with more stuff. You just can't go wrong Ozzy, Geezer, Ward, and Iommi at their absolute stinking peak. Master of reality is the absolute best they ever did IMHOPublished on Sept. 29 2013 by Bootsy Bass