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Black Sabbath – Vol. 4 (2015 Reissue on 180g Vinyl)

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Vol. 4 is the fourth studio album by Black Sabbath, released on 25 September 1972. It was the first album by Black Sabbath not produced by Rodger Bain; guitarist Tony Iommi assumed production duties. Patrick Meehan, the band’s then-manager, was listed as co-producer, though his actual involvement in the album’s production was minimal.

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Black Sabbath – Vol. 4 (2015 Reissue on 180g Vinyl)

In June 1972, Black Sabbath began work on their fourth album at the Record Plant studios in Los Angeles.

‘It’s the first album we’ve produced ourselves,’ observed Ozzy Osbourne. ‘Previously we had Rodger Bain as a producer – and, although he’s very good, he didn’t really feel what the band was doing. It was a matter of communication. This time, we did it with Patrick, our manager, and I think we’re all very happy… It was great to work in an American studio.’

The recording was plagued with problems, many due to substance abuse. However, in his autobiography I Am Ozzy, Osbourne said of the sessions: ‘In spite of all the arsing around, musically those few weeks in Bel Air were the strongest we’d ever been.’

Track Listing

Side One

  1. Wheels of Confusion
  2. Tomorrow’s Dream
  3. Changes
  4. FX (instrumental)
  5. Supernaut

Side Two

  1. Snowblind
  2. Cornucopia
  3. Laguna Sunrise (instrumental)
  4. St. Vitus Dance
  5. Under the Sun