1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

748. Vol. 4 – Black Sabbath


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%

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on December 15, 2015 by and tagged , , , .

Recent Posts

Goodreads

I woke up like this.

Top Clicks

  • None
%d bloggers like this: