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Release date: 21 July 1971
Style: Doom metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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Disc I
01. Sweet Leaf
02. After Forever
03. Embryo
04. Children Of The Grave
05. Orchid
06. Lord Of This World
07. Solitude
08. Into The Void

Disc II [2009 Deluxe Edition Bonus CD]
01. Weevil Woman '71
02. Sweet Leaf [Studio Outtake - Alternate Lyrics]
03. After Forever [Studio Outtake - Instrumental]
04. Children of the Grave [Studio Outtake - Alternate Lyrics]
05. Children of the Grave [Studio Outtake - Instrumental]
06. Orchid [Studio Outtake]
07. Lord of this World [Studio Outtake]
08. Solitude [Studio Outtake - Alternate Version]
09. Spanish Sid [Early Version Of 'Into The Void'] [Studio Outtake - Alternate Version]

Top 20 albums of 1971: 2
Top 200 albums of all time: 53

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Lyrics (8)


Additional info
Recorded at Record Plant in Los Angeles.
The initial LP edition was released in a box-package with a foldout poster, which is replicated on the Castle remaster packaging.

Some older CD editions mistakenly index "Children Of The Grave" and "Embryo" on track 3 and the outro of "Children..." on track 4.

The initial American pressing of the album divided up songs into different parts, though unlike on the past two albums, they were listed as separate songs instead of two parts of the same song. It was also mistakenly titled "Masters Of Reality". The altered tracklisting is as follows:
1. Sweet Leaf
2. After Forever (Including The Elegy) (The Elegy is possibly the interlude at 1:55)
3. Embryo
4. Children Of The Grave
5. The Haunting (The ambient outro to Children Of The Grave)
6. Orchid
7. Step Up (The intro riff to Lord Of This World)
8. Lord Of This World
9. Solitude
10. Deathmask (Simply the first half of Into The Void)
11. Into The Void

Following the release of the expanded Paranoid set, Universal issue a further two classic Black Sabbath albums in the Deluxe format with an additional CD of goodies.

Guest review by
HS

Rating:
10
Master of Reality is another representative masterpiece of Black Sabbath's golden era. It's their third classic studio album and it was recorded back in 1971, a while after their previous successful release Paranoid.

Master of Reality finds Black Sabbath still at the beginning, experimenting with the same music formula they discovered through their two previous records. However, they display a variety of new ideas and it becomes very clear that the group had a lot more to give and a long way to go. So, using the same ingredients - a catchy main guitar riff followed by noticeable bass parts and powerful drumming - they composed their heaviest record so far (and one of the heaviest records ever). The songs are based on clear and well refined rhythmic patterns and stick to the mind after the first listening. In most of the times the tempos during the main riff are relatively slow but they fasten during the interludes. Personally, I think the main - and the only one - disadvantage has to do with the solo parts. This is because the bluesy solos are not as exciting as someone would like them to be. Of course this doesn't mean that there are not metallers who enjoy them. Soloing is a subjective matter.

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Pelagial - 02.03.2012 at 19:18  
Rating: 9 A fucking good album
musicalkaratekid - 01.06.2012 at 16:05  
Rating: 9 A monumental metal album. 'Master of Reality' sees the band progressing with their sound and evolving it into something truly special. The doomy numbers that are 'Sweet Leaf', 'Lord of this World', 'Children of the Grave' and epic closer 'Into the Void' all play a part in creating such darkness and dismal sound. 'After Forever' is a bit faster paced than the others, but it still serves as a brilliant song in its own right. Granted, 'Solitude' and 'Orchid' don't justify their existence on the album at all, but listening to the album as a whole makes them seem fitting. This is a personal favourite for me.
Syk - 21.06.2012 at 10:49  
Rating: 8
Written by musicalkaratekid on 01.06.2012 at 16:05
... Granted, 'Solitude' and 'Orchid' don't justify their existence on the album at all, but listening to the album as a whole makes them seem fitting. This is a personal favourite for me.
Wait, what? Solitude doesn't KILL for you? Does for me. Maybe one of the most substantial (affecting?) songs the band has done IMO. Leaf and Grave are classics... the others don't stick [in memory] all that well for me, unfortunately the short tracks Embryo and Orchid especially prevent me from considering this album an unstoppable work of perfection
Bad English - 16.11.2012 at 18:57  
Rating: 7 Good album, short, but seems they make a point why need put songs what dosnt fit in
After Forever and Children Of The Grave are awesome songs, lyrics fits in todays society to, I dont belive in brighter future I belive in past, we have no future.

Good album, lil changing to, because not such doom how last one, but still doomy
JohnDoe - 17.11.2012 at 15:30  
 
Written by Bad English on 16.11.2012 at 18:57

Good album, short, but seems they make a point why need put songs what dosnt fit in
After Forever and Children Of The Grave are awesome songs, lyrics fits in todays society to, I dont belive in brighter future I belive in past, we have no future.

Good album, lil changing to, because not such doom how last one, but still doomy


You kinda contradict yourself, you say the album is good and yet your rating is 5?! Shouldn't it be a 7? (7=good album, remember?)
Bad English - 17.11.2012 at 15:37  
Rating: 7
Written by JohnDoe on 17.11.2012 at 15:30

Written by Bad English on 16.11.2012 at 18:57

Good album, short, but seems they make a point why need put songs what dosnt fit in
After Forever and Children Of The Grave are awesome songs, lyrics fits in todays society to, I dont belive in brighter future I belive in past, we have no future.

Good album, lil changing to, because not such doom how last one, but still doomy


You kinda contradict yourself, you say the album is good and yet your rating is 5?! Shouldn't it be a 7? (7=good album, remember?)


I havnt rate for it or if I did it wasd 2007 something.... Last 4-5 years I dont rate albums
EDDIT: I see its 5 but hmmmmm I did it lkong time ago so ....
megadeath13 - 24.11.2012 at 13:50  
  Another masterpiece! Master of reality is their "dommiest" one and even probably their heaviest one. The end of into the void could be speed metal already and the whole album in general is heavy as fuck for 1971.
Illog1cal - 02.01.2013 at 16:55  
  A masterpiece if only a little short.
Steffanopolus - 18.01.2013 at 15:00  
Rating: 10 Brilliant record , better than Paranoid !!!
John Sandman - 29.01.2013 at 21:26  
Rating: 10 Just perfect.
All killer, no filler.
squidrick420 - 02.02.2013 at 06:31  
Rating: 10 I have this on 180 gram Rhino Vinyl, and holy fuck does it sound amazing. This is THE album that defines everything that is amazing about Sabbath.
Lião - 29.04.2013 at 08:55  
  Am I the only one who find this album overrated? The whole album is reppetitive and null, compared to the previous albums, and there's no song here to be considered a classic, even children of the grave. Good album, even better for ambient music, and I think that this album is praised mainly because it was carried away by the success driven by Paranoid.

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