My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background:Vol. 4 was recorded in Los Angeles in early 1972 and released in September of the same year. It was during the recording of this album that the band’s drug use went from being somewhat moderate into the realm of being heavy and abusive.
What I think: So, I’m not an Ozzy guy (although, I did enjoy his vocals on their first album) and that is going to taint almost any Sabbath record I highlight. But if we forget Ozzy’s vocals and focus on just the music, this album is pretty great. There is a really nice brand of metal here that isn’t just sludge. There is some pop and clean sound to it that really cuts through were their other albums don’t.
“Tomorrow’s Dream” and “Supernaut” have some great riffs on them that I truly deeply enjoy. “Snowblind” (an obvious ode to the mass amounts of cocaine being consumed) and “St. Vitus Dance” are pretty good too. If I had my way, I’d trash the sappy “Changes” and the stupid “FX”… and of course Ozzy’s vocals.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? It’s a pretty good album, and I like it much better musically than the first two. It can stay.
Rating (Out of 5): 3.5
Vol. 4 Record Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (192/254)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 76%