Masters of Reality
Masters of Reality were started by Chris Goss in 1981 and named after a misprinted album cover of “Master of Reality” by Black Sabbath. You might recognize the name Chris Goss as the dude listed under “producer” on certain records you own by The Cult, UNKLE, The Duke Spirit, Queens of the Stone Age, Screaming Trees, Mark Lanegan, Soulwax, Stone Temple Pilots, Nebula, Kyuss and The Desert Sessions. Yep, this dude not only has helmed a shit ton of your favorite albums but he started his killer band that sounds somewhere between Cream and Led Zeppelin before you were even born! Or if you were born before 1981, insert “before you were outta diapers!” Sorry by I can’t avoid mentioning Queens of the Stone Age a bunch if I’m reviewing a Masters album. And that’s due to Goss having had a hand in the making of all but one of their studio albums. And although Queens have experienced much more commercial success than Masters, all roads of influence lead back to Masters.
I always kinda felt that the 2001 Masters album “Deep In The Hole”, which came out the year before Queens released their “Songs For The Deaf” (their more commercial album to date) and featured “Josh Homme, Nick Oliveri, Mark Lanegan, Troy Van Leeuwen, Dave Catching, Nick Lucero and Brendon McNichol, was always of where all the Queens dudes kinda found their swag. How Stella Got Her Groove Back, if you will? When listening to “Deep in the Hole” it’s easy to see how much Josh Homme owes to Masters (vocal stylings/guitar tones). And I mean that in the best possible way. That was a compliment. I just wanna clarify and make sure it’s clear that I love Queens Of The Stone Age! Cuz I sure don’t need a certain massive 6’4 redheaded dude pulling up on a motorcycle and stomping me out for misunderstanding me. That would be a bummer man.
Masters of Reality – “Third Man On The Moon”
Masters of Reality – “Roof of the Shed”
So anyways… this is a deluxe edition, reissue type thing, of the self titled debut full length from Masters of Reality. Originally it was released in January 1988 on Def American. Yep, Rick Rubin produced this. This reissue version comes to us from the lovely folks over at Delicious Vinyl (which is run by Rick Ross – not the rapper), they’ve been kind enough to give us a less 90’s looking cover, a bomb fold-out poster, new liner notes, a change in song sequence with the addition of the song “Doraldina’s Prophecies”. It also includes a second disc with 1997’s “How High The Moon: Live At The Viper Room” which features Scott Weiland helping out on vocals during ‘Jindalee Jindalie’. I’ve heard Goss say that it’s probably his most commercial sounding song ever, which is pretty funny considering the band has never released a studio recording of it! Punk rock.
Masters Of Reality – “Jindalee Jindalie” (Live At The Viper Room)
Masters of Reality – “The Candy Song” Music Video
Masters of Reality – “Domino” Music Video
Axl says PRETTY RAD!