4 is the fourth studio album by English rock band Black Sabbath, released in 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. In June 1972, Black Sabbath began work on their fourth album at the Record Plant studios in Los Angeles.
4 is the fourth studio album by Black Sabbath, released in September 1972. Snowblind was the album’s working title, but Vertigo Records executives were reluctant to release an album with such an obvious drug reference. It was the first album by 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. The following are the back CD images for the 1996 & 2009 releases respectively.
4 is the point in Black Sabbath's career where the band's legendary drug consumption really starts to make itself felt. And it isn't just in the lyrics, most of which are about the blurry line between reality and illusion. Vol. 4 has all the messiness of a heavy metal Exile on Main S. and if it lacks that album's overall diversity, it does find Sabbath at their most musically varied, pushing to experiment amidst the drug-addled murk
Band Name Black Sabbath. Released date 25 September 1972. Labels Vertigo Records Sanctuary Midline. Music StyleHeavy Metal. Members owning this album711.
If Black Sabbath's fourth album shows us anything, it's that even the so-called "fathers of metal" can hit a rut. Despite the reverence shown towards the record, Vol. 4 can be described as nothing more than a stale, meek offering from a tired, worn out band. It isn't quite as utterly atrocious as any of the post-Mob Rules albums (particularly Seventh Star), but Vol. 4 not only sounds extremely dated and fails in asserting itself as a competent album, but when compared to its predecessors it's just disappointingly bad.
|1||Wheels Of Confusion / The Straightener||8:02|
|9||St. Vitus Dance||2:30|
|10||Under The Sun / Every Day Comes And Goes||5:51|
|6360 071||Black Sabbath||Black Sabbath Vol 4 (LP, Album, Gat)||Vertigo||6360 071||UK||1972|
|NEL6005, STAR 5030, 6360 071||Black Sabbath||Black Sabbath Vol 4 (LP, Album, RE, Gat)||NEMS, NEMS, NEMS||NEL6005, STAR 5030, 6360 071||South Africa||1978|
|C-30.469, VLP-105||Black Sabbath||Black Sabbath Vol 4 (LP, Album, RE)||Victoria, Victoria||C-30.469, VLP-105||Spain||1984|
|LP-55-5897||Black Sabbath||Black Sabbath Vol. 4 (LP, Album, RE, RP)||PGP RTB, Vertigo||LP-55-5897||Yugoslavia||1985|
|BS 2602||Black Sabbath||Black Sabbath Vol. 4 (LP, Album, RP, Gat)||Warner Bros. Records||BS 2602||US||1973|