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Paranoid

Black Sabbath

Type:
Full-length
Release date:
September 18th, 1970
Catalog ID:
6360 011
Version desc.:
Gatefold
Label:
Vertigo Records
Format:
Vinyl
Reviews:
23 reviews (avg. 91%)
Side A
1. War Pigs 07:55   Show lyrics
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2. Paranoid 02:50   Show lyrics
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3. Planet Caravan 04:30   Show lyrics
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4. Iron Man 06:00   Show lyrics
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Side B
5. Electric Funeral 04:50   Show lyrics
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6. Hand of Doom 07:10   Show lyrics
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7. Rat Salad 02:30   instrumental
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8. Fairies Wear Boots 06:15   Show lyrics
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Band members
Ozzy Osbourne Vocals, Lyrics (track 8)
Bill Ward Drums
Geezer Butler Bass, Lyrics (tracks 1-6, 8)
Tony Iommi Guitars
Guest/Session
Tom Allom Piano (Track 3)
Miscellaneous staff
Hugh Gilmour Re-issue Design, Booklet Notes & Original Sleeves at 2004 Edition by Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.
Chris Walter Additional Photography at 2004 Edition by Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.
Ross Halfin Additional Photography at 2004 Edition by Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.
Ray Staff Remastering at 2004 Edition by Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.
Marcus Keef Album design, Photography
Brian Humphries Engineering
Tony Allom Engineering
Rodger Bain Producer
Andy Pearce Re-Mastering (2009)
Ozzy Osbourne Vocals, Lyrics (track 8)
Bill Ward Drums
Geezer Butler Bass, Lyrics (tracks 1-6, 8)
Tony Iommi Guitars
Tom Allom Piano (Track 3)
Hugh Gilmour Re-issue Design, Booklet Notes & Original Sleeves at 2004 Edition by Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.
Chris Walter Additional Photography at 2004 Edition by Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.
Ross Halfin Additional Photography at 2004 Edition by Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.
Ray Staff Remastering at 2004 Edition by Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.
Marcus Keef Album design, Photography
Brian Humphries Engineering
Tony Allom Engineering
Rodger Bain Producer
Andy Pearce Re-Mastering (2009)
Read Paranoia and the Original Doom 93% psychoticnicholai July 3rd, 2014
Read Icon! Icon! 70% Metal_Thrasher90 March 23rd, 2014
Read A TRUE Classic 95% MetalPwnsAll January 13th, 2013
Read Solidified my metalhead... 91% SirMetalGinger October 27th, 2012
Read Black Sabbath - Paranoid 90% ConorFynes May 28th, 2012
Read Simply one of the finest... 94% Goldblaze September 26th, 2011
Read Rat Salad Tastes Good! 100% Slasher666 August 31st, 2011
Read They couldn't really do... 100% Warthur June 17th, 2011
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Read Sabbath's Definitive Work. 97% erickg13 May 9th, 2007
Read The ultimate metal album! 100% Satanwolf May 7th, 2007
Read A Masterpiece of Heavy Music 97% Mungo November 2nd, 2006
Read Heavy Metal, 2nd Draft. 92% hells_unicorn October 29th, 2006
Read The Old Warhorse Deserves... 90% brocashelm April 21st, 2006
Read Nice cool tunes to jam to... 78% firebee1 January 15th, 2005
Read The Bible of Metal 93% Reaper August 11th, 2004
Read ...Oh Lord Yeah! 100% westknife July 26th, 2004
Read The greatest metal album.... 85% OlympicSharpshooter March 16th, 2004
Read The second coming 96% radiohater January 16th, 2004
Read Classic 98% HealthySonicDiet December 23rd, 2003
Read Decent and of course... 72% UltraBoris December 24th, 2002
Read A legendary release. 75% Nightcrawler November 9th, 2002

The album was originally supposed to be titled "War Pigs", and the cover art was designed with that title in mind, but the record company objected (presumably due to the Vietnam War), and so it was re-titled "Paranoid".

"Paranoid" was the last song composed and recorded for the album, at the behest of the producer, who thought they needed an extra track.

According to popular belief, the name for doom metal came from the song "Hand of Doom".

"Fairies Wear Boots" was inspired by a time when Ozzy and Geezer were hassled by skinheads, thus an insult to the boot-wearing "fairy" skinheads.

"Iron Man" is based on a fictional character thought up by Ozzy and Geezer, and not the Marvel comics hero of the same name.

On the North American edition of the album, the songs "War Pigs" and "Fairies Wear Boots" were entitled "War Pigs/Luke's Wall" and "Jack The Stripper/Fairies Wear Boots", respectively.

Paranoid was reissued as a 3-disc set by Sanctuary in April 2009. The reissue contains the following tracks:

Disc 1
1. War Pigs
2. Paranoid
3. Planet Caravan
4. Iron Man
5. Electric Funeral
6. Hand Of Doom
7. Rat Salad
8. Fairies Wear Boots

Disc 2
1. War Pigs (Instrumental and No Siren)
2. Paranoid (Alternative Lyrics)
3. Planet Caravan (Alternative Lyrics)
4. Iron Man (Instrumental)
5. Electric Funeral (Instrumental)
6. Hand Of Doom (Instrumental)
7. Rat Salad (Instrumental)
8. Fairies Wear Boots (Instrumental)

Disc 3
1. War Pigs (SACD Stereo)
2. Paranoid (SACD Stereo)
3. Planet Caravan (SACD Stereo)
4. Iron Man (SACD Stereo)
5. Electric Funeral (SACD Stereo)
6. Hand Of Doom (SACD Stereo)
7. Rat Salad (SACD Stereo)
8. Fairies Wear Boots (SACD Stereo)
9. War Pigs (Quadraphonic Mix)
10. Paranoid (Quadraphonic Mix)
11. Planet Caravan (Quadraphonic Mix)
12. Iron Man (Quadraphonic Mix)
13. Electric Funeral (Quadraphonic Mix)
14. Hand Of Doom (Quadraphonic Mix)
15. Rat Salad (Quadraphonic Mix)
16. Fairies Wear Boots (Quadraphonic Mix)

Re-released on Super Audio CD by Universal Music Japan at August 31, 2010 with original UK LP track list and without any bonuses.

A "Classic Albums" documentary has been made for "Paranoid", chronicling its inception, recording process and legacy.

Recording information:

Recorded at Regent Sound and Island Studios.
All songs by Osbourne, Iommi, Butler and Ward.
Released in the U.S. in January, 1971.

Identifiers:

Matrix / Runout (A-side stamped): 6360011 1Y//1 420 1 2 1
Matrix / Runout (B-side stamped): 6360011 2Y//1 420 1 1 5

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