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Digitally remastered edition of this 1972 album from the veteran Heavy Metal maniacs. By the time Black Sabbath began work on what was to be their fourth album in `72, they were very much in the ascendant. Musically, the band weren't prepared to superglue themselves back into a comfort zone and just do what was expected of them. They wanted to go beyond the darkness and gloom which seemed to surround so much of their music until that point. Here was an opportunity to open Sabbath out to unexplored worlds, to be the band who led, rather than one of the many who merely followed. And they succeeded, as there's an elegance about Volume 4 which underscores the way in which the band had matured and developed, both as songwriters and musicians. This remastered and sumptuous gatefold digipak edition of the album boasts comprehensive story of the album sleeve-notes by renowned Rock critic Malcolm Dome and a plethora of rare and previously unseen photographs and items of memorabilia. Sanctuary. 2009.
Vol 4 both consolidated Black Sabbath's massive transatlantic success and marked the beginning of the end. Thematically, the band continued to move away from cod-Satanism towards an apocalyptic Science Fiction based on the abandonment of a world turned irrevocably bad. Relationships were now explored, in "St. Vitus Dance" and the maudlin, piano-led "Changes", and drugs, which the band were now consuming with dangerous enthusiasm, remained a concern, "Snowblind" being a celebration to match 1971's "Sweet Leaf". But the increasingly complex and varied music--the sweet instrumental "Laguna Sunrise", the pure ambient percussion of "FX", and additional keyboards--caused vicious arguments that would eventually culminate in break-up. Hard to believe, as much of it was as crushingly heavy as ever, an obvious precursor of both industrial metal and grunge. In fact, Ministry's Al Jourgensen would later cover "Supernaut", and Seattle's Screaming Trees would cover "Tomorrow's Dream". --Dominic Wills --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I am factoring in the time however this disc is a bit to Psychedelic for my taste, I know it is born of that era however I simply find it hard to swallow. Read morePublished 4 months ago by spigomars
this is an album you need in your life, but it... RIGHT NOWPublished 10 months ago by polka music best music
I love this album. It's at times very melodic and also classicly heavy. I would recommend it to anyone who likes Ozzy or Black Sabbath, great for bonfires!Published 23 months ago by gaterbait
If the disc has a glitch "a noticeable drop in volume" as they say
It should be pulled from the market. No excuses equals no regrets.... Read more
I first got this album when it was released in 1972. I had reservations about buying an album that I listened to as a teenager, but I have already played it dozens of times. Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2012 by brotagonist