Black Sabbath – Vol 4 – USA IMPORT – M82602


Condition: Acceptable

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“This USA IMPORT cart is in good condition. The labels are in below average condition. The front label is torn and a piece missing. The spine has a stain over some of the wording. All 3 labels have bubbling, fading and scuffs. Please check the photos.”

Artist: Black Sabbath
Type: Album
Format: 8-Track Cartridge
Record Label: Warner Bros.
Release Year: 1972
Release Title: Vol. 4
Genre: Rock

PLEASE NOTE: As this item has been obtained overseas, there is a possibility that the tape may have become loose from the spool in transit.
If you choose our service option, we would check this and correct the issue for you.
If you purchase directly and do not check the tape inside before playback, you will risk damaging the tape and no refund will be available.

All 8 tracks are pre-loved (used) and are sold “as is”.

We do offer a “service cart” option or you can add additional spare parts if you wish to service the cart yourself.

It is highly recommended that all 8 tracks have replacement pads, a new foil splice and internal cleaning done before use.

The foam pads inside are very old (over 40 years) and would have deteriorated, even if the cart is sealed and has never been used. can not be held responsible if the tape or player become damaged if this procedure is not carried out on your 8 track tape purchase.


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Musical Maturity:
“Vol. 4” demonstrates Black Sabbath’s growth as musicians and songwriters. While their earlier albums were dominated by straightforward, riff-driven compositions, this album delves into more intricate song structures, diverse influences, and a wider emotional range. The band’s musicianship is more refined, with Tony Iommi’s guitar work displaying both intricate melodies and crushing riffs.

Variety of Sounds:
The album offers a broader sonic palette compared to the band’s previous releases. Songs like “Wheels of Confusion” and “Supernaut” incorporate elements of progressive rock, with shifts in tempo and mood. The acoustic ballad “Changes” showcases a more vulnerable side of the band, featuring Ozzy Osbourne’s emotive vocals. Yet, the album doesn’t shy away from heavy tracks like “Under the Sun/Every Day Comes and Goes” and the iconic “Snowblind.”

Lyricism and Themes:
Black Sabbath’s signature dark and introspective themes persist on “Vol. 4.” Lyrically, the album touches on subjects ranging from addiction (“Snowblind”) to the complexities of life (“Wheels of Confusion”). The occult and mysterious imagery that defined their earlier works is still present, albeit with a more nuanced approach.

Production and Sound:
The production quality on “Vol. 4” is notably cleaner than on the band’s earlier albums. The sound benefits from a more refined mixing, allowing each instrument to be heard distinctly. However, this polish doesn’t detract from the album’s raw energy; instead, it enhances the impact of their heaviness.

“Supernaut” stands out for its infectious groove and catchy riff, while “Snowblind” is a powerful commentary on the perils of substance abuse. The opening track, “Wheels of Confusion,” is a progressive epic that sets the tone for the album’s musical diversity. “Changes” showcases a softer side of the band and remains one of their most emotionally resonant tracks.

“Vol. 4” solidified Black Sabbath’s place in music history as pioneers of heavy metal. The album’s experimentation with new sounds and willingness to push boundaries paved the way for the evolution of the genre. Its influence can be heard in the music of countless bands that followed, shaping the course of heavy metal for decades.

“Black Sabbath Vol. 4” is a captivating and pivotal album that showcases the band’s artistic growth while retaining the darkness and heaviness they’re known for. Its combination of heavy riffs, diverse musical elements, and introspective lyrics make it a timeless classic that continues to resonate with both dedicated metal fans and newcomers to the genre. This album is a testament to Black Sabbath’s ability to innovate while staying true to their roots, making it a must-listen for anyone interested in the history of heavy music.


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