Black Sabbath – Vol. 4 original Japan Vertigo LP with obi


Free U.S. shipping!  An original 1972 Japanese pressing of Black Sabbath Vol. 4 by Black Sabbath, including the original obi, insert, and poster.

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Offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing of Vol. 4 by Black Sabbath, including the original obi, lyric insert and poster.

About this copy: This copy of Vol. 4 is a 1972 pressing on the black and white  “swirl” Vertigo label.

The gatefold cover is M-, with trace corner wear.  There is a bit of foxing on the front cover, but no wear.

The obi is VG+ with slight foxing  The lyric insert is VG+ with slight foxing.

The foldout poster insert is M-.

The disc is M- with a few spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  There is slight foxing on the B side label.  Clean disc!

An amazing copy of a classic LP that almost never turns up complete or in this condition.

Background: As the title suggests, Vol.4 was the fourth studio album by Black Sabbath.  Released in 1972, the album reached #8 on the UK charts and #13 in the U.S. gave Vol. 4 a 5 star review:

Vol. 4 is the point in Black Sabbath’s career where the band’s legendary drug consumption really starts to make itself felt. And it isn’t just in the lyrics, most of which are about the blurry line between reality and illusion. Vol. 4 has all the messiness of a heavy metal Exile on Main St., and if it lacks that album’s overall diversity, it does find Sabbath at their most musically varied, pushing to experiment amidst the drug-addled murk. …Add all of this up, and Vol. 4 is a less cohesive effort than its two immediate predecessors, but is all the more fascinating for it. Die-hard fans sick of the standards come here next, and some end up counting this as their favorite Sabbath record for its eccentricities and for its embodiment of the band’s excesses.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Vertigo
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1972
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 16 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.25 in