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Master of Reality

Black Sabbath Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
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Master of Reality + Black Sabbath + Paranoid
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1. Sweet Leaf
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6. Lord Of This World
7. Solitude
8. Into The Void

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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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4 of 4 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Metal History for Black Sabbath July 11 2004
By Handles
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Their best next to Paranoid 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The march of Black Sabbath continues... May 18 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Master of Reality kicks off with the amazing Sweet Leaf, a song about cannabinoid use with one of the greatest geetar riffs of all time. After Forever is somthing of a curiosity, a Christian song on a Black Sabbath album! I suppose the message here is that they are not a "Satanic" band a la Deicide et al, but merely sing about God, the Devil and such in a descriptive way. Black Sabbath to me are the musical equivalent of a Hammer Horror film, except they have aged better! Embryo is a nice 20 second piece (at least Black Sabbath kept their instrumental meanderings short and to the point!), and it's on to the colossal, thundering, "Children of the Grave" and a warning that is still as relevant to day as it was three decades ago (it's hard to believe this album is over 30 years old!) Orchid is another short & sweet insrumental at 1 and a half minutes, followed by the brilliant "Lord of this World", the haunting, "Planet Caravan"-like "Solitude" and "Into the Void", a great track, but not the best one on the album. Many cite this as Black Sabbath's best album, and I can't prove them wrong - most of their releases are of such good quality it's just so hard to pick one single best album. Master of Reality is certainly a contender.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
you need this, no other words needed
Published 1 month ago by polka music best music
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad...but there are better.
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 more
Published 7 months ago by Marcus Almighty
5.0 out of 5 stars My Fave Sabbath album
...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
Published 12 months ago by Bootsy Bass
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic heavy metal album, enjoyable sound quality
A Classic heavy metal album, enjoyable sound quality
I love this album and this SACD have made it really listenable.
Published 12 months ago by Ramin H. Sharifi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Great item, great service! This album truely is a classic! Black sabbath is one of a kind...I just love it!
Published 17 months ago by gaterbait
4.0 out of 5 stars One Of Their Two Best!
This is a favourite from my teenage years. I still like it. This and Vol 4 were their best. Classic rock.
Published 24 months ago by brotagonist
5.0 out of 5 stars After Forever
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. Read more
Published on April 7 2011 by LeBrain
5.0 out of 5 stars "You Children of The Grave are Children of Today"
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. Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2009 by Tommy Skylar
5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking...
Along with Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath (to me) are the founding fathers of the heavy metal genre as we know it today. Read more
Published on July 30 2006 by flaming_pie
3.0 out of 5 stars 3rd Effort - Not the Best
This is not the best Sabbath album, IMHEO. The only truly memorable song here is Sweet Leaf, and even it is forgettable as a Sabbath single. Read more
Published on June 12 2004 by TommyElf
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