On July 21, 1971.


On July 21, 1971, “Vertigo” label released “Master of Reality”, the third Black Sabbath studio album. It was recorded February – April 1971, at “Island Studios” in London, and was produced by Rodger Bain. In 2003, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked “Master of Reality” at number 298 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. In 2001, the album was certified 2 x Platinum in the US by the “RIIA”.


  • Ozzy Osbourne – lead vocals
  • Tony Iommi – acoustic and electric guitar, synthesizer, flute, piano
  • Geezer Butler– bass guitar
  • Bill Ward– drums, percussion
  • Mike Stanfod – art direction
  • Keef – photography, poster design

Track listing:

All music by Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward, except where noted.

  1. Sweet Leaf
  2. After Forever
  3. Embryo – lyrics by Geezer Butler, music by Tony Iommi
  4. Children of the Grave
  5. Orchid – lyrics by Geezer Butler, music by Tony Iommi
  6. Lord of This World
  7. Solitude
  8. Into the Void

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