Masters of Reality (album)

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Masters of Reality
Mastersofreality cover mastersofreality1988.jpg
Studio album by Masters of Reality
Released January 24, 1989[1]
Recorded Atlantic Studios, Chung King Studios and Platinum Isle, New York City,
Sound City Studios, Los Angeles
Genre Hard rock, stoner rock[2]
Length 40:55
Label Def American
Producer Rick Rubin
Masters of Reality chronology
Masters of Reality
(1989)
Sunrise on the Sufferbus
(1993)Sunrise on the Sufferbus1993
1990 edition cover
1990 edition cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[3]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal10/10[4]
Kerrang!5/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[6]

Masters of Reality is the debut album by the band of the same name, Masters of Reality, originally released in January 1989 on Def American. Due to the artwork on the cover, the original release is sometimes referred to as The Blue Garden.

A reissue was released in 1990 on the Delicious Vinyl label. The reissue had a new cover, a change in song sequence and the addition of the song "Doraldina's Prophecies". Delicious Vinyl would reissue the album again in 2012 on deluxe compact disc and vinyl, bundled with the live album How High the Moon: Live at the Viper Room.

The track "The Blue Garden" is sampled on Lemon Jelly's track "'88 aka Come Down on Me" on their 2005 album '64 - '95.

Track listings[edit]

All songs by Chris Goss and Tim Harrington.

  1. "Theme for the Scientist of the Invisible" – 1:30
  2. "Domino" – 3:46
  3. "The Blue Garden" – 4:22
  4. "Gettin' High" – 3:09
  5. "The Candy Song" – 3:21
  6. "Magical Spell" – 5:03
  7. "The Eyes of Texas" – 3:20
  8. "Sleep Walkin'" – 3:33
  9. "Lookin' to Get Rite" – 3:06
  10. "John Brown" – 3:37
  11. "Kill the King" – 7:34

1990 re-release[edit]

  1. "Candy Song"
  2. "Doraldina's Prophecies"
  3. "John Brown"
  4. "Gettin' High"
  5. "Magical Spell"
  6. "Theme for the Scientist of the Invisible"
  7. "Domino"
  8. "The Blue Garden"
  9. "The Eyes of Texas"
  10. "Lookin' to Get Rite"
  11. "Kill the King"
  12. "Sleep Walkin'"

Personnel[edit]

Band members[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Rick Rubin – producer
  • Matt Dike, Michael Ross, Chris Goss – additional production on 1990 edition
  • David Bianco – engineer, mix engineer
  • Steve Ett – engineer
  • Brian Jenkins – assistant engineer
  • John Leamy – cover painting

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.discogs.com/release/5156825-Masters-Of-Reality/images
  2. ^ Dome, Malcolm (16 October 2016). "10 Essential Stoner Rock Albums". Metal Hammer. Retrieved 21 May 2017. 
  3. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Masters of Reality - Masters of Reality review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-10-15. 
  4. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. pp. 215–216. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5. 
  5. ^ Jeffries, Neil (28 January 1989). "Garden Party". Kerrang!. No. 223. p. 19. ISSN 0262-6624. 
  6. ^ Tennenbaum, Rob (4 May 1989). "Masters of Reality Album reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-10-01. Retrieved 2011-10-15.