Black SabbathMaster Of Reality

Label:Sanctuary – BMGRM055LP, BMG – BMGRM055LP, Vertigo – BMGRM055LP
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Embossed Sleeve
Style:Heavy Metal, Hard Rock


A1Sweet Leaf
A2After Forever
A4Children Of The Grave
B2Lord Of This World
B4Into The Void

Companies, etc.


  • Lacquer Cut ByJP*


℗ 2015 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company, under exclusive licence to [PIAS].
© 2015 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company, under exclusive licence to [PIAS].
Use of the Vertigo logos and trademarks by kind permission of the Universal Music Group
Made in EU.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (On back cover): 5414939920806
  • Matrix / Runout ((Side A runout, etched)): BMGRM055LP BF85260-01-A1 JP
  • Matrix / Runout ((Side B runout, etched)): BMGRM055LP BF85260-01-B1 JP
  • Rights Society: BIEM/SABAM
  • Label Code: LC 06488

Other Versions (5 of 467)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Recently Edited
Master Of Reality (LP, Album, Reissue, Pitman Pressing, Embossed Cover)Warner Bros. RecordsBS 2562US1971
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Master Of Reality (LP, Album, Stereo, Embossed Box Sleeve & Poster)Vertigo6360 050UK1971
Master Of Reality (LP, Album, Repress)Vertigo6360 050Germany1971
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Master Of Reality (LP, Album)Warner Bros. RecordsBS 2562Canada1971
Master Of Reality (LP, Album)Vertigo6360 050Germany1971


  • danielpa's avatar
    Rubbish mastering. Muffled and not clear. Side one is bad and drums is in the very back not clear. Side b is slightly better but still not good enough. Don’t buy it if you like clear sound.
    • alexei969's avatar
      This 2015 version of Master Of Reality sounds really terrible, muffled and dull. If you like me enjoys clear and open sound, DO NOT buy this. Mine is not even listenable. Bought new but had to stop playing it and put it back in it's sleeve. Will try cleaning it but I know for sure that it wont do much difference.
      Paranoid and Black Sabbath sounded fine. Was planning in buying most of the albums but after this Im a but worried that the others will also lack sound quality which is a shame for a brand new copy.
      • davidjamesmartin23's avatar
        Not sure if they cleaned it up but my pressing sounds fine. No surface noise. Sound is quiet and maybe a bit flat to some ears but it sounds perfectly acceptable to me.
        • Foyleg's avatar
          Interesting…I actually came here after I purchased this record edition because I was wondering what the mastering deal was with it. I’m far from an audiophile, but it just sounded so…”unremarkable” to me. I agree that Side 2 does seem a bit fuller.
          • richgers's avatar
            Edited 10 months ago
            Anyone know if this is the same mastering as the original:

            Vertigo label and no mention of remastering makes me think it might be.

            Update: Matrix runout is the same as this one which is listed as remastered:

            So, who knows... Funny that the reviews there are positive RE sound quality while the reviews here are negative when they are the same pressing.
            • romanNYC's avatar
              Soundy quality issues mentioned below may only apply to side A. Side B is significantly brighter with better dynamics, sounding a lot closer to 2014 remaster (on Tidal). I wouldn't say this is horrible pressing- it's flat and quiet otherwise, as to be expected from Optimal(?). But clearly something must have gone wrong on side A when they were cutting the master.
              • jacalvo's avatar
                Yes it sounds dull, boring, lacking but lets say it does the job. I bought a 1976 NEMS copy for $20 which sounds way better, night and day difference.
                • LPatrone's avatar
                  The sound is lacking dynamics and "get up and go", and it is deadened, husky. It is general and obvious on Ozzy's voice. It's a pity and disappointing ! My CD (2004) sounds really better !
                  • Erok_Angulsmyth's avatar
                    Edited one year ago
                    Similar problems with other "Audiophile 180gr" labeled Sabbath LP's, this one is domed and warped with lots of surface noise. The plant manager at Sanctuary can go fuck themselves, this is garbage.
                    • matteo.renesto's avatar
                      Edited one year ago
                      Sound qualitiy of this reissue is good (didn't expect a miracle though). Packaging is quite disappointing.



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