Master Of Reality (studio album) by Black Sabbath

Master Of Reality by Black Sabbath
Year: 1971
Overall rank: 320th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
84/100 (from 942 votes)
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Award Top 20 albums of 1971 (14th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1970s (83rd)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (320th)
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Black Sabbath bestography

Master Of Reality is ranked 3rd best out of 43 albums by Black Sabbath on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Black Sabbath is Paranoid which is ranked number 57 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 21,337.

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Average Rating: 
84/100 (from 942 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 83.5/100, a mean average of 82.6/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 83.6/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.5.

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95/100
From 06/13/2022 08:23
Maybe the best sabbath album, but hard to decide with the previous two and Heaven and Hell...
With Children of the Grave the best sabbath riff in my opinion and perfect for listening in one session, not one bad song. Orchid and Embryo are really good instrumentals compared to other "fillers", looking at you FX.
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90/100
From 01/24/2022 20:32
Great Black Sabbath record, not one bad track, excellent folkow-up to their previous album. Heaviness is revolutionary for its time and highly influential. The lyrics are great too: Children Of The Grave is the best example, apocalyptic instrumentation fits with narration of anti-nuclear youth very well.
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80/100
From 09/05/2021 11:59
In my humble opinion, this is the heaviest Sabbath album from the early era (13 comes close for a general heavy comparison of a later time). It is also home to one of my favourite Sabbath tracks 'Children of the Grave'. 'After Forever' is another personal favourite from the ealrly Sabbath catalogue. Not the most creative sleeve art, they could surely have come up with something more 'scarey' akin to their debut and Sabbath Bloddy Sabbath.
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90/100
From 07/21/2021 16:03
This album is phenomenally put together by Sabbath. Every song feels completely unique and each delve into their own sub genre of music. It is incredible to see the versatility on display and just how good they were at being diverse in their sound. This album is amongst their best of all time, probably in the top 3 for me.
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90/100
From 01/23/2021 04:34
Sabbath basically created multiple metal subgenres with one album.
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75/100
From 12/13/2020 14:50
There are definitely some great songs, just not enough of them to put this in the top tier as an album.
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75/100
From 12/06/2020 14:04
Extremely heavy. Definitely in their top 3, when I am in the mood, this can even surpass "Black Sabbath" as my favorite album by them.
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95/100
From 09/05/2020 03:16
Love this. One of my favorite Sabbath albums. The heaviness is sublime. The instrumentals show a sensitive (?) side to the music as does the song 'Solitude'. Great mix is what makes it work for me. Standout track - the under rated 'After Forever'
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From 05/31/2020 09:28
It's a stoner rock album, it's a psychedelic rock album, it's a progressive rock album, it's a heavy metal album, and it's an effing trippy album. All the performers are playing their instruments to the highest point anyone can play them. There is not a single flaw all across the 35 minutes of intense music they provided.
Just board the bass line and close your eyes and let the graphics flow in. It will take you to one of the most intense and beautiful trips you'll ever go!
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90/100
From 07/16/2019 18:35
Nice to hear, good songs especially Children of the Grave and Into the Void.
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Best Albums of 1971
1. Untitled (Led Zeppelin IV) by Led Zeppelin
2. Who's Next by The Who
3. Hunky Dory by David Bowie
4. Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones
5. What's Going On by Marvin Gaye
6. Blue by Joni Mitchell
7. Meddle by Pink Floyd
8. Tago Mago by Can
9. L.A. Woman by The Doors
10. Fragile by Yes
11. Tapestry by Carole King
12. Bryter Layter by Nick Drake
13. Aqualung by Jethro Tull
14. Master Of Reality by Black Sabbath
15. Imagine by John Lennon
16. Electric Warrior by T. Rex
17. Ram by Paul & Linda McCartney
18. At Fillmore East by The Allman Brothers Band
19. There's A Riot Goin' On by Sly & The Family Stone
20. Maggot Brain by Funkadelic
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