Black Sabbath, Vol.4
MP3 | 256 Kbps | 78 MB | Original Release Date: September 1972
"Vol. 4" is Sabbath's last record before the band started incorporating keyboards and orchestras into their music, so some fans think this is the last true Sabbath album. I wouldn't go as far to say that, but I do think that there is no doubt that this is the group's last album before they got experimental. Every band member is in fine form, here. Tony turns out groovey riffs, Bill thumps away at his drum set, and Ozzy wails the vocals. (The wailing guitar solo on "Wheels of Confusion," and the long drum solo on "Supernaut" are two examples of the band's excellent musicianship.) Like all timeless albums, there are a few truly great songs on here (like the superb "Supernaut," the controversial/infamous "Snowblind," and the very doom-y album closer, "Under The Sun"). But the rest of the album is pretty darn great, too. "Wheels of Confusion" is an epic, eight minute album opener, and "Tomorrow's Dream" and "St. Vitus' Dance" are backed by a deep, dark groove and sludgy, grumbling riffs. Three other lost classics are the weepy, obligatory ballad, "Changes," where Ozzy sings and mopes over a gentle piano, "Cornucopia" (which is one of Sabbath's fastest and heaviest songs), and the beautiful acoustic instrumental, "Laguna Sunrise."