Offered for sale is a 1971 U.S. pressing of Master of Reality by Black Sabbath, including the poster that was included only with early pressings of the album.
About this copy: This copy of Master of Reality is a 1971 pressing on the green Warner Brothers label.
This is technically a second issue of the LP, as the song titles do not include titles for the introductions to the songs.
The cover is VG, with wear at the edges and corners, mostly along the spine. There are no splits.
The original Warner Brothers inner sleeve is included.
The disc is VG+, with a few minor scuffs from the original inner sleeve and a number of spindle marks on the labels. It’s a fairly clean disc that has been well cared for.
The poster is M-, with no rips, tears or holes.
A nice copy of a classic LP that is very hard to find complete and which is usually found in poor condition.
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:
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