Label: Castle Communications - CLC 5038 • Series: Castle Legends • Format: CD Album, Reissue • Country: Germany • Genre: Rock • Style: Psychedelic Rock, Heavy Metal
Patrick Meehanthe band's then-manager, was listed as co-producer, though his actual involvement in the album's production was minimal. 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. In the studio, the band regularly had speaker boxes full of cocaine delivered.
Struggling to record "Cornucopia" after "sitting in the middle of the room, just doing drugs",  Bill Ward feared that he was to be fired: "I hated the song, there were some patterns that were just horrible. I nailed it in the end, but the reaction I got was the cold shoulder from everybody. It was like 'Well, just go home, you're not Jet - Paul McCartney - All The Best of any use right now.
Retrospectively, that might have been a danger sign. Now, his self-control was clearly slipping. The Bel Air mansion the band was renting belonged to John du Pont and the band found several spray cans of gold DuPont paint in a room of the house; finding Ward naked and unconscious after drinking heavily, they proceeded to cover the drummer in gold paint from head to toe.
According to Sharon Osbourne 's memoirs, a Doberman at the mansion got into part of the band's cocaine supply, laced with the baby laxative mannitoland became ill from the effects of the drug.
The Vol. We went out to L. Half the budget went on the coke and the other half went to seeing how long we could stay in the studio We rented a house in Bel Air and the debauchery up there was just unbelievable. The people who were involved with the record really didn't have a clue. The experimental stage we began with Master of Reality continued with Vol.
It really was a case of wine, women and song, and we were doing more drugs than ever before. In his autobiography I Am OzzyOsbourne speaks at length about the sessions: "In spite of all the arsing around, musically those few weeks in Bel Air were the strongest we'd ever been.
One sniff, and you were king of the universe. I didn't realize how nuts things had gotten until St. Vitus Dance - Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath Vol 4 went home and the girl I was with didn't recognize me.
Despite their spiraling addictions, musically Vol. The band's heavy side remains intact on the likes of 'Tomorrow's Dream', 'Cornucopia' and the seismic 'Supernaut' a firm favorite of Frank Zappafeaturing Bill Ward's soul-inspired breakdownbut the guitar intro on 'St. Vitus Dance' possesses a jaunty, Led Zeppelin -flavoured quality, while 'Laguna Sunrise' is an evocative neo-classical Iommi instrumental. Snowblind was also the album's working titlebut Vertigo Records executives were reluctant to release an album with such an obvious drug reference.
We didn't argue. Although most of the album is in the band's trademark heavy style, some songs demonstrate a more sensitive approach. Iommi taught himself to play the piano after finding one in the ballroom of the Bel-Air mansion they were renting.
It was on this piano that "Changes" was composed. I thought that was brilliant from the moment we recorded it. After smoking hashishthe crucifix hanging from Iommi's neck accidentally struck the strings of his guitar and the band took an interest in the odd sound produced. Iommi calls the song "a total joke". Of "Wheels of Confusion", Henry Rollins said: "It's about alienation and being lost in the wheels of confusion, which is the way I find myself a lot of the time.
Sabbath could be my favourite band. It's the ultimate lonely man's rock. There's something about their music that's so painful and yet so powerful. The album, Tony Iommi told Circus ' s sister magazine Circus Raves"was such a complete change — we felt we had jumped an album, really We had tried to go too far. The album cover features a monochrome photograph of Ozzy Osbourne with hands raised throwing the peace sign,  taken during St.
Vitus Dance - Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath Vol 4 Black Sabbath concert. Each band member is given his own photo page, with the band on-stage at the Birmingham Town Hall  and photographed from behind at the very centre.
The album's original cover art has proved iconic, and has been imitated and parodied on numerous occasions, such as on the Peaceville Volume 4 compilation album, the Volume Two EP by the Oppia Oivaa, Aatetta Arvoisaa - Nest - Mietteitä Sleepand the Planet Caravan EP by Pantera. The U. Rock critic Lester Bangswho had derided the band's earlier albums, applauded Vol.
But there's only one band that's dealt with it honestly on terms meaningful to vast portions of the audience, not only grappling with it in a mythic structure that's both personal and powerful but actually managing to prosper as well. And Return To The Present - John Barry - Somewhere In Time (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) band is Black Sabbath.
In JuneQ  placed Vol. Frank Zappa has identified " Supernaut " as one of his all-time favorites. That influenced me lyrically, definitely". Some North American pressings have parts of the songs titled as The Straightener and Every Day Comes and Goes ; the former is Wheels of Confusion 's codawhile the latter is a two-minute segment that serves as Under the Sun 's bridge.
BPI certification  United Kingdom. CRIA certification  Canada. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Black Sabbath. Sounds Da Capo Six To Eight - Ian Breakwell - Dialogues. Julian Cope presents Head Heritage.
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