Master Of Reality (studio album) by Black Sabbath

Master Of Reality by Black Sabbath
Year: 1971
Overall rank: 315th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
84/100 (from 1,013 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1971 (13th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1970s (80th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (315th)
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Black Sabbath bestography

Master Of Reality is ranked 3rd best out of 45 albums by Black Sabbath on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Black Sabbath is Paranoid which is ranked number 54 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 19,614.

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Master Of Reality track list

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Average Rating: 
84/100 (from 1,013 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 83.6/100, a mean average of 82.7/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 83.7/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.6.

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90/100
From 07/23/2023 02:02
An excellent follow-up to Paranoid. Some of the most perfect rock/metal songs ever written, with "Sweet Leaf", "Children of the Grave", "Solitude", "Into the Void" and "After Forever" among Black Sabbath's finest compositions. Even the instrumental interludes are also quite gripping.
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From 02/26/2023 17:25
Their best when it comes to riffs and their biggest sonic masterpiece, but overall Paranoid has better songs.
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From 09/06/2022 17:09
One of BS's best
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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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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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From 01/23/2021 04:34
Sabbath basically created multiple metal subgenres with one album.
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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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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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