Episode 43 is here! We finish our review of Black Sabbath‘s 1971 album, Master of Reality! We have a full house tonight! Frank are you there? What will the final verdict be?
Master of Reality is the third studio album by English heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released on 21 July 1971 by Vertigo Records. It is regarded by some critics as the foundation of doom metal, stoner rock, and sludge metal. Produced by Rodger Bain, who also produced the band’s prior two albums, Master of Reality was recorded at Island Studios in London from February to April 1971. Guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler down tuned their instruments during the production, achieving what Iommi called a “bigger, heavier sound”.
Master of Reality peaked at number five on the UK Albums Chart and number eight on the US Billboard 200. Negatively received by critics on release, the album is now considered one of the greatest heavy metal albums of all time. It was certified double platinum after having sold over two million copies.
Ozzy Osbourne – lead vocals
Tony Iommi – guitar, synthesizer on “After Forever” and “Children of the Grave”, flute and piano on “Solitude”, acoustic guitar on “Orchid”
Geezer Butler – bass guitar
Bill Ward – drums, percussion on “Children of the Grave”, sleigh bells on “Solitude”
Rodger Bain – Producer
Tom Allom – Engineer
Keef – photography, poster design
Mike Stanford – art direction
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