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Release date:
September 18th, 1970
Catalog ID:
6360 011
Vertigo Records
12" vinyl (33⅓ RPM)
31 reviews (avg. 92%)
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), Songwriting
Tony Iommi Guitars, Songwriting, Flute (track 3)
Geezer Butler Bass, Lyrics (tracks 1-6), Songwriting
Bill Ward Drums, Songwriting, Congas (track 3)
Tom Allom Piano (track 3)
Miscellaneous staff
Brian Humphries Engineering
Keef (R.I.P. 2012) Design, Photography
Rodger Bain Producer
Tony Allom Engineering
Ozzy Osbourne Vocals, Lyrics (track 8), Songwriting
Tony Iommi Guitars, Songwriting, Flute (track 3)
Geezer Butler Bass, Lyrics (tracks 1-6), Songwriting
Bill Ward Drums, Songwriting, Congas (track 3)
Tom Allom Piano (track 3)
Brian Humphries Engineering
Keef (R.I.P. 2012) Design, Photography
Rodger Bain Producer
Tony Allom Engineering
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Read The album that changed my life 100% drummingnerd99 March 26th, 2017
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Read Generals gathered in their... 99% Brainded Binky February 18th, 2015
Read A real icon of metal 90% Superreallycool October 7th, 2014
Read A bit less blues in... 100% Doominance October 5th, 2014
Read Paranoia and the Original Doom 93% psychoticnicholai July 3rd, 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
Read HAIL THE GODS 88% Nhorf May 25th, 2008
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 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 Decent and of course... 72% UltraBoris December 24th, 2002
Read A legendary release. 75% Nightcrawler November 9th, 2002

A music video was made for "Paranoid."

Issued in a gatefold sleeve.

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), so it was re-titled Paranoid.

Formerly "War Pigs" was called "Walpurgis" and had a different letter.

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

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

"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.

On the North American edition of the album, the songs "War Pigs" and "Fairies Wear Boots" were titled "War Pigs/Luke's Wall" and "Jack The Stripper/Fairies Wear Boots," respectively. This is because in those years Black Sabbath had to have at least 10 songs on their records to be able to please the American record companies, and they decided to separate 2 long song titles in order to believe those record companies that there was more music. This would be repeated on his albums "Master of Reality" (1971) and "Black Sabbath Vol. 4" (1972).

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

A CD version released in 1986 (Castle Communications; CLACD 197) contains a live version of "Wicked World" as a bonus track. This same version appears on the live album "Live at Last" (1980) and on CD 4 of the 2021 super deluxe edition of the album "Black Sabbath Vol. 4" (1972).

Recording information:

Recorded at Regent Sound and Island Studios.
All songs by Osbourne, Iommi, Butler and Ward.


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