Offered for sale is a 1974 U.S. pressing of Master of Reality by Black Sabbath.
About this copy: This copy of Master of Reality is a 1974 issue on the “Burbank” Warner Brothers label. This pressing did not include a poster when new.
The cover is VG++, with slight wear at the edges and corners.
The disc is VG++, with a few minor sleeve scuffs, as is common with mid-1970s Warner Brothers pressings. The album has clearly been played only a few times.
A nice play copy of a classic LP.
Background: Master of Reality was Black Sabbath’s third album, and while it didn’t sell as well or get as much airplay as Paranoid, it still reached #8 on the U.S charts and #5 on the charts in the UK and was certified 2x platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA.
The opening song, “Sweet Leaf,” may have the best intro of any hard rock song ever recorded.
The shortest album of Black Sabbath’s glory years, Master of Reality is also their most sonically influential work. Here Tony Iommi began to experiment with tuning his guitar down three half-steps to C#, producing a sound that was darker, deeper, and sludgier than anything they’d yet committed to record. (This trick was still being copied 25 years later by every metal band looking to push the limits of heaviness, from trendy nu-metallers to Swedish deathsters.) … If Paranoid has more widely known songs, the suffocating and oppressive Master of Reality was the Sabbath record that die-hard metalheads took most closely to heart.
You can listen to “Sweet Leaf” here: