A Japanese pressing of Vol4 by Black Sabbath, complete with obi.
Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of Vol 4 by Black Sabbath, complete with obi.
Vol 4 is an often overlooked LP by Black Sabbath, as it doesn’t have any songs that got regular airplay in the 1970s. Still, the LP did reach #13 on the U.S. album charts and was eventually certified platinum.
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.
About this copy: This copy of Vol 4 is a Japanese second issue, on the “spaceship” Vertigo label, and featuring the red obi (first issues had the “swirl” label and a yellow obi.
The cover is VG+, with wear at the edges and corners. The obi is VG++, with a few wrinkles, but no tears. The lyric insert is missing.
One side of the disc is M-; the other is VG+. That side is close to M-, except for some surface scratches through the last track, “Supernaut.” The marks aren’t pretty, but they’re superficial and do not affect play.
A nice copy of a hard to find pressing of this classic LP.
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