Black Sabbath – Master of Reality Japan LP with obi

A Japanese pressing of Master of Reality by Black Sabbath, complete with original obi.


Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of Master of Reality by Black Sabbath, complete with obi.

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. gave Master of Reality a rare 5 star review:

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:

About this copy:  The copy of Master of Reality offered for sale is a Japanese reissue from about 1980 on the NEMS label (original pressings were on Vertigo) and complete with the original obi.

The cover is VG+, with faint traces of ring wear and slight wear at the edges and corners.  The obi is M- and the lyric insert is included.

The disc is M- and appears to have had very little, if any, play.

A nice copy of an iconic album.

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