Masters Of Reality
"One can't speak of California's famed desert rock movement without mentioning the visionary producer/musician Chris Goss. The so-called Godfather of the Joshua Tree-centered scene, Goss has produced famed and acclaimed albums by groups like Queens Of The Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Kyuss, Screaming Trees, and numerous others. Before he was known as a renowned producer though, he was the singer/guitarist, and only consistent member of one of the most influential-yet-forgotten hard rock groups of all time: Masters of Reality. So many years later, Masters Of Reality's debut still feels like a hard-hitting breath of fresh air in a modern landscape of over-produced rock music. It's in this sense of tribute that Delicious Vinyl presents this re-issue of the acclaimed record. The audio has been re-mastered, and its original 'Blue Garden' artwork has been restored, while Rick Rubin's hard rock production chops shine bright, and blare loudly in equal measure, on highlights like the foot-stomping 'John Brown', the frantic live-staple 'Domino', and proto-stoner pieces like 'Doraldina's Prophecies' and 'Kill The King.' As an additional bonus, this CD set comes bundled with a second disc, featuring their live recording How High The Moon. The album was recorded at the famed LA rock venue The Viper Room, and features a riotous selection of live MoR renditions, as well as an appearance by the late Scott Weiland (formerly of Stone Temple Pilots & Velvet Revolver) duetting with Goss on the track 'Jindalee Jindalie'."