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  • Audio CD (Sept. 14 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002KDO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,350 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sweet Leaf
2. After Forever
3. Embryo
4. Children Of The Grave
5. Orchid
6. Lord Of This World
7. Solitude
8. Into The Void

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Iliou on Aug. 30 2010
Format: Audio CD
These days it seems like "Remaster" means "Compress the life out of it until it's as loud as possible and sounds flat as heck", so I was very hesitant to give the new Sabbath remasters a chance. I have the Black Box and although the albums are all compressed, I thought they were tolerable and still sounded decent. Well I decided give this one a try and I don't regret my purchase one bit. The Black Box version is louder, flatter and has more treble. The decrease in treble on the new version might make it seem a bit muffled in comparison, but when you listen to it for a while and then switch to the Black Box disc that one will sound harsh. Plus there's that pesky hearing fatigue thingy that comes into play at louder volumes.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Skylar TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 19 2009
Format: Audio CD
With two albums under their belts, Black Sabbath evolved from a good local act to stunning band and was staring to get some recognition after Paranoid. Their third album Master of Reality was to be released in 1971, and to this day it's still one of my favourite albums and one of Sabbath's greatest. The first self-titled album was a strong bluesy, really dark and heavier than anything else out there, then they got known with Paranoid which is considered one of the best and most influential album of all-time. But in my opinion if there's one album that you can get tired of hearing of all that Sabbath has done, it has to be Paranoid. I like Master of Reality better, the songs are just better to me and it's something you don't always hear on classic rock radio like Paranoid or Iron Man. Besides I think the album represents the band at best, as lords of doom.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Handles on July 11 2004
Format: Audio CD
Although Black Sabbath would later diversify their sound by experimentation, their first three albums were doomy, gloomy sludge metal of the early 70s. The latter of the three, Master of Reality, would set the standard for later metal through potency in riffs, lyrical content and sheer power. Some of their most memorable riffs like "Sweet Leaf" and "Children of the Grave" served up a couple of the hardest riffs of the 70s. This is truly Black Sabbath at their heaviest point musically but even more importantly, it secured their place in rock history. Perhaps even some of the first speed metal is heard in the closing song, "Into the Void." Also, the song writing ability matures here greatly. "After Forever" assures you your not the religously alone person you might have thought you were and "Sweet Leaf" is about the pleasures of pot. Everyone shines on this album with their power. Geezer's bass becomes more in tune with Tony's distorted guitar while Bill drums with jazz influences. In the end, this is some of Sabbath's best and darkest work along with Paranoid, Vol. 4, and Sabotage. Check it out for sure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Alapick on July 9 2004
Format: Audio CD
Master Of Reality was Black Sabbath's third album and their followup to one of the best heavy metal albums of all time, Paranoid. Although this album is nearly as strong as Paranoid, it has become somewhat of a closet classic, only getting its just recognition from their die-hard fans. While the songs here aren't as well known as the classics "Iron Man" and "War Pigs", most of the tracks are top notch and the band have recognized this by bringing some songs from this album into their set on the annual Ozzfest tours.
Like most of their catalog, Masters Of Reality is at its best on the heavier material carried by their simple yet memorable riffs. The opening track "Sweet Leaf", where Ozzy Osbourne sings of his love of marijuana, is one of their best tracks. "Children Of The Grave", the best known song here and a staple of both Ozzy's solo band and Black Sabbath's live shows, is one of their great epics featuring a killer solo from Tony Iommi near the track's end. Also featured here are the excellent "Lord Of This World" and "Into The Void", the former featuring excellent counter bass lines from Geezer Butler while the latter is literally a riff tour-de-force. The band also show hints of their changing musical direction which would come to fruition on their Volume 4 album on the acoustic instrumental "Orchid" and on the track "Solitude", a solemn piece featuring a soft vocal from Osbourne, laid back musicianship and a flute! By far, the most underrated track here is "After Forever." Listening to the pro-Christianity lyrics, it's hard to believe that this was the same band that gave us the gloom and doom of their debut album. Simply put, next to Paranoid this is their best work and a must have for all heavy metal fans.
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