Flight. 4: The Black Sabbath Decadence Album

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The fourth opus from British band Black Sabbath, the album Vol. 4 was recorded in Los Angeles and under the effect of intense consumption of white powder. Buying cocaine would even have cost more than recording this disc.

“The cocaine bill was $75,000. The recording and production of the album cost $65,000,” said bassist Geezer Butler in an interview published in February 2021 in Rolling Stone magazine.

Initially, this opus, which will celebrate , on September 25, his 50th birthday, was to title Snowblind, the sixth song on the album, which addresses cocaine abuse. Record company Vertigo opted to change the title at the last minute. 

In the album credits, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi and Bill Ward thank great company COKE- Los Angeles Cola.

Anxiety 

There were so many drugs in the studio that singer Ozzy Osbourne said he lived in anxiety to see a narcotics squad land at the Bel Air estate in western California where they were working.  

Ozzy, who has just launched his 13th solo opus, had been overwhelmed by this feeling after watching, with the other members of the formation, the feature film The French Connection, where a policeman infiltrates an international organization of heroin traffickers.

“The credits were scrolling on the screen and I was hyperventilating,” he said in his autobiography I am Ozzy launched in 2009. 

On Vol. 4, the Changes ballad, with piano and mellotron sounds, Supernaut, Under the Sun/Every Day Comes and Goes and Snowblind.

Kings of the World

Osbourne, Iommi, Butler and Ward were at the top of the hard rock pyramid after launching the albums Black Sabbath, Paranoid and Master of Reality. Expectations were high.

“We came from the back streets of Birmingham and there we had a house in Bel Air, a success and people knew our music. We were the kings of the world. We experimented with everything that was possible to experiment,” Osbourne pointed out. . It peaked at number 5 in the UK and Canada and number 13 in the US.

The album landed on the 2011 chart of Britain's 100 Best Albums. all time from the trade magazine Q. Rolling Stone voted it the 14th greatest heavy metal album of all time.

“It’s one of Black Sabbath’s best albums. Back then, cocaine was big business. The record company didn't want a controversy over the title and we didn't argue,” Ozzy mentioned in his autobiography.

Even though there was no Flight. 1, 2 or 3, in the young discography of the British formation.