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Masters Of Reality

Masters Of Reality

November 30, 1987

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Product Details

  • Label: Delicious Vinyl
  • Copyright: 1988 Delicious Vinyl, LLC
  • Total Length: 47:49
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  • ASIN: B008UXBIGO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,169 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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I would say this is one of my top ten albums of all time.
Jon L. Bullard
I'm fortunate enough to own the original Def American vinyl with it's superb cover art and even better track order.
Garry Lennon
Although the music is often loud, Chris Goss voice remains smooth and sublime.
THE VOICE OF REASON

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Smith on August 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Originally recorded for the Def American Label and produced by Rick Rubin, the first Masters Of Reality is a slab of heavy blues rock with a powerful beat and laid back vocals courtesy of Chris Goss. Highlights include Domino and The Candy Song, both of which received some airplay at finer radio stations back then before Clear Channel bought everything up. One of the best unheard of albums of 1988.

Then in 1991 Delicious Vinyl reissued it, and changed the song sequence, and added a bonus track Doraldina's Prophecies to the album and printed the lyrics, and changed the cover art. The Def American album, also known as the "Blue Garden" album, due to the cover art started out with Theme For The Scientist of the Invisible which went into Domino. The rest of the songs on the first side of the album was The Blue Garden, Gettin High, The Candy Song and Magical Spell. Side Two begins with The Eyes Of Texas, Sleep Walkin, Looking To Get Rite, John Brown and Kill The King.

The Delicious Vinyl/Island CD started with The Candy Song followed by Doraldina's Prophecies, John Brown, Gettin High, Magical Spell, Theme For The Scientist....., Domino, The Blue Garden, The Eyes Of Texas, Lookin To Get Rite, Kill The King and ends with Sleep Walkin which was the bonus track to the CD.

The Def American album is a luxury to have, but since Doraldina's Prophecies is on the D.V/Island Label, that's the one to get. Can't tell ya if Masters Of Reality first album is the beginnings of stoner rock since Chris Goss went on to produce Kyuss's better albums, but it's as heavy as they come. Dig it y'all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Nijenhuis on December 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Why has nobody gave a rating to this album yet? This one is a must have for everybody who recently discovered Queens Of The Stone Age or Mark Lanegan. Chris Goss is the godfather of stonerrock. This album is the first and in my opinion the best of the MoR albums. The sound is very bluesy and rocks at the same time. The guitar work is strong and groovy. Later albums are also good, but over here Chris has a very solid band. The songs are strong and well worked out. My favourites are Kill the King, John Brown and The eyes of Texas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adrian P. Chew on June 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This first album by MOR is probably the most straight rock of the albums they've done so far. It does have it's jazzy, bluesy moments as well though. The other reviewer lists some of the great tracks but in addition Doarldina's Prophecies with it's strange carnival "side show" type of lyrics and cool piano intro, and the powerful "Blue Garden" are worth the price of the album alone. The "Candy Song" in addition is damn catchy! It's strange that no-one seems to know this album. Chris Goss's soft but rich singing is very distinctive and I became an instant fan after hearing this album. This album is my joint favourite with "Sunrise on the Sufferbus". Check it out you won't be dissapointed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By THE VOICE OF REASON on June 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I have about 400 cds and this is without my all time favourite.
Masters of Reality is a heady mixture of hard rock/metal, Psychedelia, folk(American depression era style) and blues. Although the music is often loud, Chris Goss voice remains smooth and sublime. Every song on this album is a true classic. This represents the best work of both MOR and also its producer Rick Rubin. Although it charted well on its first release in about 89/90 it dissapeared completely with DefJam records. This Delicious Vinyl re-release has slightly inferior mixes and a different running order from the original album, but has a few extra bits that more than make up for it.
Fans of other MOR albums will find much here to like. For me this album is much more a real band album as opposed to the Chris Goss and guests affairs of late. Most MOR albums have a warm sound that you would expect to hear on a retro record, but this one has a crisp, dry sound that gives it a modern edge (the drum sound is KILLER!). Forget generic stoner rock bands, just listen to John Brown and you will buy this album!
ps they are excellent live too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By outfielder86 on May 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD
A friend of mine introduced me to this cassette (has it been that long?) in the summer of '89. How he found out about them I have no idea, but I got back home, found it at NRM (another shout out to how long ago this was), and fell in love with it. I still can't get over how many different genres are referenced on this disc. Other posters have already hit on those, so I won't, but they pull each one off exceptionally well. This disc remains one of my all-time favorites.

PS - I would LOVE to get ahold of the "Blue Garden" album. I have the reissue, which I am happy with, but I think the original order of songs flowed SO much better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sword of Flame on December 30, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Really glad to own this on CD. Chris Goss is an amazing singer & songwriter and deserves to be a house-hold name. The original Masters line-up was great & the production on their debut was stellar. My only complaint is regarding the song sequence is quite different on disk as opposed to the LP. The record starts with the short instrumental "Theme for the Scientists of the Invisible" and ends with "Kill the King". The order of the CD makes no sense to me at all. There are 2 great tracks added to the disk which make it interesting. Definitely worth purchasing.
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