Vol 4 is the fourth album by the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in 1972. Vol. 4 was originally titled Snowblind after several songs on the album referring to cocaine use. The album features several Black Sabbath classics such as Changes, Snowblind, Supernaut, and Tomorrows Dream.
The album cover features an orange tinted, monochrome image of Ozzy Osbourne with hands raised up in the air gesturing a peace sign. This habit of Ozzy is actually responsible for the invention of a more famous rock pose, the Maloik, pioneered by Ronnie James Dio.
Dio followed Ozzy Osbourne as Black Sabbath’s lead singer in 1979 when Ozzy was fired because of excessive drug and alcohol abuse. Go figure? Vol. 4 cover art has proved iconic and has been parodied on several other albums. Volume 4 was released in September 1972 and it achieved gold status in less than a month! It was Black Sabbath’s fourth consecutive album to go gold and sell over a million copies in the United States alone. In June 2000 Q Magazine placed it at number 60 in its list of ‘The 100 Greatest British Albums Ever’.