Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 300/500!
The 1971 release, Master of Reality, was Black Sabbath's third effort.
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.
"Not satisfied after merely creating heavy metal in 1970, Black Sabbath returned in 1971 to root out the music's soul. Master Of Reality reeks of dungeons, chains, and sweet, ancient smoke. Beneath the armor, this is the essence of anguish - Black Sabbath at their holiest." - Ian Christe, author
"Black Sabbath grind out riff after riff after unrelenting riff; even the guitar leads are riffs, and there isn't one excessive uncalled-for guitar lead on their whole new album." - Metal Mike Saunders, 1971.
"The greatest sludge-metal band of them all in its prime. Paranoid may have bigger hits, but Master of Reality, released a mere six months later, is heavier. The highlight is "Sweet Leaf," a droning love song to marijuana; and the vibe is summed up by the final track, "Into the Void." - www.rollingstone.com
• 180g Vinyl LP
• Lacquers cut by Ron McMaster at Capitol from the original analog album masters
1. Sweet Leaf
2. After Forever
4. Children of the Grave
6. Lord of This World
8. Into the Void