Masters Of Reality Masters Of Reality Colored Vinyl LP
Chris Goss formed Masters Of Reality with Tim Harrington as a two-piece in Syracuse, NY in 1981. A Warner Bros. pressing of Black Sabbath's fearsome 1971 LP Master Of Reality with misprinted labels that read Masters Of Reality gave them their name.
Copping the sonic assault of no wave duo Suicide, Goss and Harrington gigged regularly at CBGB under a smutty black light haze, before expanding to a four-piece and adapting Black Sabbath's blues-based evil deeds template as their own.
Fans of Kyuss and Queens Of The Stone Age should recognize the name Chris Goss. As godfather of the California desert rock scene that blossomed in Joshua Tree, Goss produced three thundering Kyuss LPs as well as QOTSA's breakthrough album Rated R and their Grammy-nominated Era Vulgaris.
Masters Of Reality's lead single from the self-titled 1988 release was "Domino," a flat-out rabble rousing rocker, Goss serving up Tony Iommi-style sickness while in his pure but potent tenor commanding the listener to "Paint me a picture/ make it the devil/ then run down the hole if/ the roof ain't level." "Lookin' To Get Rite" is a concise and country-fried front-porch toe tapper, while "Kill The King" is a seven-and-a-half minute regicidal epic roping in the legacies of Queen, King Crimson, and ZZ Top.
Most impressive is "John Brown" where Goss brays "I declare a holiday...no matter what the doctors say" over a full-bodied realization of the sort of acoustically-strummed bombast that Led Zeppelin had pioneered with "Over The Hills And Far Away."
Masters Of Reality Masters Of Reality Track Listing:
1. The Candy Song
2. Doraldina’s Prophecies
3. John Brown
4. Gettin’ High
5. Magical Spell
6. Theme For The Scientist Of The Invisible
8. The Blue Garden
9. The Eyes Of Texas
10. Lookin’ To Get Right
11. Kill The King
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