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  • Audio CD (July 1 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002KE2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
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1. Wheels Of Confusion/The Straightener
2. Tomorrow`s Dream
3. Changes
4. FX
5. Supernaut
6. Snowblind
7. Cornucopia
8. Laguna Sunrise
9. St. Vitus' Dance
10. Under The Sun/Everyday Comes & Goes

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The band experimented with their sound on this 1972 album with textured tunes like Wheels of Confusion; Tomorrow's Dream , and Changes , but still managed to stay true to the Sabbath sound with one of their heaviest tracks ever Supernaut . 10 tracks in all.


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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HeadbangerDuh on June 2 2004
Format: Audio CD
On the aptly titled fourth album from the Heavy Metal Gods, they pretty much stick to the same doomy, sludgy, Down-esque sound that got them famous while experimenting with some new sounds. The album opens with the sonic blast of Wheels Of Confusion, which has been known to damage ears while played at a high volume (Only kiddin'). Then comes the heavy smasher Tomorrow's Dream, which is one of the band's signature songs. Then comes what is probably the worst song on the album: Changes. Don't get me wrong, it's OK, but it gets SO boring, just hearing the piano tinkle away while Ozzy keeps moaning. Calls for some high-velocity guitar. Then comes the bizzare 'song' FX, which is simply composed of little squeks and bangs. The first half closes with the spectacular Supernaut, an epic about space travel. The next song, Snowblind is probably the most famous song off this album. Great heaviness. Cornucopia, which comes next, is one of the album's best. It includes heavy music, great lyrics, and everything that makes a Sabbath song a Sabbath song. Laguna Sunrise is a Santana-sounding instrumental that shows Sabbath's lighter yet heavier sound. St Vitus' Dance is another hard-whacker, one of the album's heaviest. This song inspired the name of a later doom band, Saint Vitus. The album closes with the mighty and spectacular Under The Sun, which closes a classic album in full headbanger spirit. This is probably one of the most underrated albums from this band, because it is usually stands in the shadow of Master Of Reality and Paranoid, which are actually lesser albums. This is one of the most heavy albums of the 1970's. If ya don't own this album, you are not worthy of the title 'metalhead'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Alapick on June 30 2004
Format: Audio CD
After primarily concentrating on heavy metal with killer riffs on their first three albums, Volume 4 showed Black Sabbath adding new elements to their sound. Many times when bands do this they're usually unsuccessful and go back to their roots on their next album. But the diversity works well here and surprisingly it's the heavier stuff that doesn't work nearly as well on Volume 4.
Not that the heavier stuff isn't good. The tracks "Supernaut" and "Snowblind" are certainly two of the better heavy songs that they've recorded with the former featuring a killer riff from Tony Iommi and the latter describing the effects of cocaine. The epics "Wheels Of Confusion" and "Under The Sun" are both good tracks, but not as definitive as other long tracks they've recorded like "Iron Man" and "Children Of The Grave." However, this album is best known for the previously unchartered waters found in the piano ballad "Changes" and the strings and acoustic guitars of "Laguna Sunrise." While these songs are truly a change of pace for the band, both work surprisingly well, especially "Changes" which has albeit on a smaller scale become to the band what "Beth" has become to Kiss, one of their most popular tracks despite sounding totally different from the rest of their catalog. The tracks "Tomorrow's Dream", "Cornucopia", and "St Vitus' Dance" are also decent, if not among their best work. A strong album, albeit not on the same level as Paranoid and Master Of Reality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rocker_Man on May 29 2004
Format: Audio CD
Vol. 4 (1972.) Black Sabbath's fourth album.
By the time they reached 1972, Black Sabbath had already released three excellent albums - each one more excellent than the last (in my opinion anyway.) But, of course, the band was beginning to realize that they needed to broaden their horizons. And thus, Black Sabbath's experimental era began. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward all knew that their fans loved the sound they had used so far, but they knew they couldn't just keep doing the same things over and over again. The first album to emerge from their experimental era was their fourth studio album - Vol. 4. Read on for my review.
This is probably Black Sabbath's most uneven album with Ozzy at the helm, but it's a solid album nonetheless. Rockers and ballads alike can be found on this album. They kick things off with Wheels Of Confusion/The Straightener, an excellent hard rocking tune. This song will grab your attention and hold it - which is exactly what an album's opening track should do. Perhaps one of the best things about this album is that it gives us a chance to see Tony Iommi doing some acoustic guitar work - something we're not used to seeing him do. Tomorrow's Dream and Laguna Sunrise are softer, more melodic tunes that beautifully demonstrate that there is more to Mr. Iommi than a hard rocker. And, of course, we get Sabbath's classic ballad, Changes. This is a piano-heavy track that features some really cheesy and simplistic lyrics, but that doesn't mean it's a good song. And, of course, what would a Sabbath album be without some rockers? Snowblind, my favorite track on the album, is a straight-up classic metal-style rocker that will not fail to please if you like classic hard rock.
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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. Some of the Guitar parts are simply very hard for me to factor as are some of the Vocal bits. I realize the parts that are being done I know the effect that is being tried for however it simply goes a bit too far for me, King Crimson fell into the same pit, as did a host of other Metal Bands of Old and New age. The only Band that took the Metal Groove to its Psychedelic edge without falling over into insanity was LED ZEPPELIN. Even Floyd had its failures as is demonstrated in Atom Heart Mother, Meddle and, Pipers at the Gates of Dawn. All of these had pieces which simply fell over the flat earth societies prescribed edge of the worlds. The falls are not a failure in the Music world for everyone learns from these Faux Pas and the mistakes are hopefully not repeated by those who are really listening and watching. The real Bands Keyed into making a future for themselves will learn and move on from that possibly making other mistakes or creating a master piece along the way....Spigomars
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