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Volume 4 (Audio Cassette) [Import]

Black Sabbath Audio Cassette
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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

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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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wall Of Sludge Presses 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Dear God. Sabbath changed their sound. They showed that they had creativity much like Zeppelin did starting with Zeppelin III. I hate all these people who complain when bands change their sound because they want to hear the same (...) all the time. Take it from someone who plays an instrument. After a while, it gets boring to repeat yourself and as a musician you wish to become more creative and change things. Read on for my review of this great piece of work.
1.Wheels of Confusion/The Straightner- A fantastic 8 minute epic that is basically four minutes of a song that sounds very similar to most songs off of Paranoid and Master of Reality except with strings and whatnot creeping in the backround. The last four minutes are a huge jam of Tony showcasing his soloing abilities.
2.Tomorrow's Dream- a good hardrocking three minute song with a riff that much like NIB is instantly recognizable and will make you wonder where you've heard it before.
3.Changes-A great simplistic catchy ballad where Sabbath finally bare their souls unlike Master of Reality's Solitude.
4.FX-Random effects and harmonics collage. The reason for four stars. Need I say more my fellow Sabbath worshippers.........
5.Supernaut-Back to the rocking. You'll all probably love the big like minute long drum break where Bill toys with all these cowbells and and weird drum sounds. The downside to this song is that it's really got a feeling like during that minute he could've actually played a cool drum solo.
6.Snowblind-COCAINE ROCK ladies and gentleman. Best song on the album and one of Sabbath's best. I especially like both of Tony's solos and the backround keyboards seem to really help set the doomy mood. Excellent use of keyboards.
7.Cornucopia-short rocker. Fun song. No solo.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where is the Remaster.....? Jan. 11 2012
By Breadmanwalking TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Only these few words regarding V4......
Did I mention the remaster? Sure I did.
I will not buy the "old 88" pressing....
No, not a chance. Maybe somehow, someday
the powers that be will fix us up with a
deluxe 2CD set....and make a profit.

I'll wait till then....
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album! Sept. 26 2013
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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!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spirit of the 5 firsts albums May 27 2010
Format:Audio CD
With Black Sabbath Vol.4, the group stays in the style of the first 3 albums and of the next (Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath). Nice sound of the time with pleasant rythms and some variety on each album.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Sabbath the Great
I don't think there is a hard rock song cooler than Supernaut. It is, I think, one of their best. I have so much difficulty ranking the Sabbath oeuvre. Read more
Published on June 17 2004 by Michael Rindt
5.0 out of 5 stars My Second Favorite Album From Sabbath
This is my favorite of the Ozzy years. This album is fresh, fast, and damn hard-rocking. Every song shows maturity after the disappoint Masters of Reality showing. Read more
Published on June 13 2004 by TommyElf
4.0 out of 5 stars Uneven but still excellent
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... Read more
Published on May 29 2004 by Rocker_Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychodelic cycnical boogie-metal sludge - Sab Experiment 1
Black Sabbath. A bunch of un-educated blokes from an industrial wasteland who played simple, mindless music. Really now? You could have fooled me. Read more
Published on May 25 2004 by Decimated1184
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get better than Black Sabbath Volume 4!!
Since their first album, Black Sabbath has been consistantly getting better until 1976's Technical Ecstasy. Their highpoint was their fourth album, the aptly named Volume 4. Read more
Published on May 22 2004 by Johhny Blade
4.0 out of 5 stars What You Get Is What You See
Picture, 1972. What a year in history, particularly American history. Look it up, you'll see. :)
At any rate, while there are many *marginal* tracks on this offering, there is... Read more
Published on May 20 2004 by Neverman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, shame about the FX!
From the intro to "Wheels of Confusion" (originally written as a separate track, "The Straightener") to the outro of "Under the Sun" (also written as... Read more
Published on May 19 2004
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