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Master of Reality

Black Sabbath Audio CD
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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

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Certified Multi-Platinum (2 times) by the RIAA. (7/01)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A remaster that was actually done properly! 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
4.0 out of 5 stars One Of Their Two Best! Oct. 6 2012
By Peter Gueckel TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is a favourite from my teenage years. I still like it. This and Vol 4 were their best. Classic rock.
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5.0 out of 5 stars After Forever April 7 2011
By LeBrain HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Black Sabbath really began to grow on Master of Reality. Wheras their first wax and Paranoid were largely cut from the same cloth, Master exhibits some new flare. Acoustic guitar, flute, adventurous arrangements...this was the first step on a road that would later lead to the masterpiece Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.

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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad...but there are better. Feb. 16 2014
By Marcus Almighty TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
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. Now don't get me wrong, the album itself is a true classic and one of the best in their discography. A major step in writing and production. Must people point to "Paranoid" or even the self titles debut as their best album...but I don't agree. Although I find that this deluxe edition misses in terms of extras. The second disc of just alt versions or instrumental versions really doesn't cut it in my eyes. They surely could have added something more special to this. The deluxe version of "Paranoid" had a 5.1 mix as well as a quad mix! And extras. Even the deluxe release of "Born Again" (not the best album) had a rare live concert on disc 2! I'm sure there are many live shows they could have added to this release. Oh well they all can't be homerun's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Fave Sabbath album Sept. 29 2013
By Bootsy Bass TOP 500 REVIEWER
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...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 IMHO
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A Classic heavy metal album, enjoyable sound quality
I love this album and this SACD have made it really listenable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! April 25 2013
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Great item, great service! This album truely is a classic! Black sabbath is one of a kind...I just love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "You Children of The Grave are Children of Today" Aug. 19 2009
By Tommy Sixx Morais TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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