(Album Review):  “50th Anniversary of Paranoid” by BLACK SABBATH

(Album Review): “50th Anniversary of Paranoid” by BLACK SABBATH

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Widely regarded as innovators of the musical genre which came to be known as Heavy Metal, legendary Birmingham-bred Black Sabbath celebrate the 50th anniversary in 2020 of their multi-million selling album Paranoid with a 5-LP/4CD edition released on October 9th, featuring the vinyl debut of two 1970 concerts.

 

PARANOID:  SUPER DELUXE EDITION includes the original album, in addition to a rare 1974 Quad Mix of the album folded down to stereo, plus two concerts from 1970, from Montreux and Brussels, that are pressed on vinyl for the first time. The five-LP set comes with a hardbound book with extensive liner notes featuring interviews with all four band members, rare photos, and memorabilia, a poster, as well as a replica of the tour book sold during the Paranoid tour.

 

After the success of the band’s self-titled debut in early 1970, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward returned that fall with Paranoid. The record became the band’s first album to top the U.K. charts and has sold more than 4 million copies in the U.S. alone. Today, songs like “War Pigs,” “Planet Caravan,” “Iron Man,” and of course, “Paranoid,” continue to inspire a new generation of musicians around the world.

 

PARANOID: SUPER DELUXE EDITION first two LPs feature the original album plus a Quadraphonic Mix of the album. Originally released on vinyl and 8-track cartridge in 1974, but subsequently long out of print, the Quad Mix has now been made available as a fold-down to stereo mix on vinyl for this set.

 

The collection’s final three LPs mark the official vinyl debut of two 1970 live performances. The first was recorded on August 31 in Montreux, Switzerland shortly before the release of Paranoid. It captures the band, already a tight musical unit, thundering through new songs like “Hand Of Doom” and “Iron Man” while mixing in “N.I.B.” and “Behind The Wall Of Sleep” from their debut album. The second concert was recorded a few months later in Brussels during the band’s performance for Belgian television. Unofficial versions of this classic show have circulated in the past, but they’ve never sounded this good.

 

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BLACK SABBATH

Paranoid Super Deluxe 5-LP Boxed Set

Track Listings:

LP 1: Original Album

Side A

“War Pigs / Luke’s Wall”

“Paranoid”

“Planet Caravan”

“Iron Man”

 

Side B

“Electric Funeral”

“Hand Of Doom”

“Rat Salad”

“Jack The Stripper / Fairies Wear Boots”

LP 2: Quadradisc Mix in Stereo (WS4 1887) 1974

Side C

“War Pigs / Luke’s Wall”

“Paranoid”

“Planet Caravan”

“Iron Man”

Side D

“Electric Funeral”

“Hand Of Doom”

“Rat Salad”

“Jack The Stripper / Fairies Wear Boots”

LP 3: Live in Montreux 1970 (Part One)

Side E

“Intro”

“Paranoid”

“N.I.B.”

“Behind The Wall Of Sleep”

 

Side F

“Iron Man”

“War Pigs”

LP 4: Live in Montreux 1970 (Part Two)/Live in Brussels 1970 (Part One)

Side G

“Fairies Wear Boots”

“Hand Of Doom”

 

Side H

“Paranoid”

“Hand Of Doom”

“Rat Salad”

“Iron Man”

 

LP 5: Live in Brussels 1970 (Part Two)

Side J

“Black Sabbath”

“N.I.B.”

 

Side K

“Behind The Wall Of Sleep”

“War Pigs”

“Fairies Wear Boots”

Here is Mark Dean’s take on the “50th Anniversary of Paranoid” by Black Sabbath.  Fans can find Mark Dean at the following locations:

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 I first started buying vinyl releases from my favourite rock bands growing up as a young teenage rock fan in the eighties. The anticipation of a new album release had me heading off to the local record shop where the packing of it was almost as attractive as the sounds emitting from the vinyl grooves.  With the introduction of the CD format, I then switched to purchasing releases in that format instead primarily for its compact nature which made it both easier to store and also to transport as I had several housemoves in a period of years, In recent years many record labels have decided to remarket many of those classic albums of my youth in new formats with many added extras.  Generally these “extras” only consist of a few album outtakes and demo versions of the songs on the original album-already purchased and still owned.  

However BMG in recent years have taken on the remarketing/repackaging and reselling of the original releases with a very fan friendly philosophy. Where  previous re-releases on other labels have offered nothing new to tempt me as a fan to reinvest, BMG have actually persuaded me to reexamine my own attitude and actually buy albums that I still own.  Very fan friendly, with a host of extras and very visually appealing presentation-collectible extras and lots of brand new and previously unreleased music.

The pressure to follow up the  iconic self-titled debut clearly wasn’t felt as the fledgling Sabbath quickly pushed out the release of Paranoid.  From start to finish from the opening power chords of “War Pigs” and its wailing sirens right through to the final grooves of “Fairies Wear Boots”, the second Black Sabbath album continued with the discography of a band and its creative peak and genius.

To discuss the added extras in this release is to move into a music collectors heaven.  There is a quadraphonic mix of the original album which has been ”folded down to stereo”.  As a relative non tech guy I am not fully aware of what that actually means however  .I guess it’s only quadraphonic  if you have a similar speaker set up to fully benefit that mix.No matter let’s move on-two complete Sabbath Live shows from that era-I think only one of those has previously been available through an old television broadcast.

But there’s also much,much more-a 1971 Paranoid Tour Book,60 page book with photos, artwork ,and linear notes. There is also a colour poster included. I  got the CD version which is housed in a attractive box. The vinyl version would have caused my postman to have a hernia had I actually chosen that option instead.  I spared my postman the pain of that -as there more BMG goodies coming soon to my door, with both Motorhead and Uriah Heep releases…Christmas may actually be coming early this year.

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