Masters Of Reality Reissue 1988 Debut Album

Masters Of Reality Reissue 1988 Debut Album

November 25, 2012

On December 11th Malicious Vinyl will issue a double-disc pack from heavy rock legends Masters Of Reality, combining their 1988 debut album with 1997’s ‘How High The Moon: Live At The Viper Room’. Both of these heavy rock thrillers were captained by Masters Of Reality founder and frontman Chris Goss, who has produced such bands as The Cult, Kyuss and Queens Of The Stone Age.

Fans of Queens Of The Stone Age should recognize the name Chris Goss. The ‘Godfather’ of the California desert rock scene that blossomed in Joshua Tree, Goss produced QOTSA’s breakthrough album ‘Rated R’ in 2000 and received a Grammy nomination for his work on their 2007 release ‘Era Vulgaris’. Masters Of Reality has the distinction of being the only artist signed to both Def Jam and Delicious Vinyl.

Originally label mates with Public Enemy and Slayer, Masters Of Reality’s self-titled debut album was released by Def American in 1988. Two years later, Delicious Vinyl founders Matt Dike and Mike Ross, huge Masters fans, bought the band’s contract from Rick Rubin and re-released the album to renewed acclaim. When Masters began disintegrating on tour, Goss relocated to Los Angeles and rebuilt his engine in the form of a new line-up of the band. That’s the revitalized line-up that recorded the stunning live album ‘How High The Moon: Live At The Viper Room’, which features a guest appearance from Stone Temple Pilots’ Scott Weiland.

High points of this release include “Magical Spell”, restored here to its majestic five minute lascivious trawl, and the live rendition of “John Brown”, which swings like a guillotine as perhaps only Led Zeppelin ever had before. Get your mitts on this Masters of Reality masterpiece now at

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