Black Sabbath – Vol. 4 1972 Japan Vertigo LP with obi


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

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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 gatefold cover.

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

The gatefold cover is VG++ and close to M- with trace corner wear and some slight discoloration from age in the title on the front cover.

Unlike later editions, this copy has a gatefold cover with four pages of photos.

The obi is VG+ with slight foxing on the back and slight fading on the left hand edge.  There are no tears.

The lyric insert is VG+ with slight foxing.

The disc is visually M- with many spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  It’s a clean disc that has been well cared for, but there is slight surface noise in between tracks.

A nice copy of a classic LP that is very hard to find as a complete first pressing.

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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Weight 16 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.25 in