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Black Sabbath has been so influential in the development of heavy metal rock music as to be a defining force in the style. The group took the blues-rock sound of late '60s acts like Cream, Blue Cheer, and Vanilla Fudge to its logical conclusion, slowing the tempo, accentuating the bass, and emphasizing screaming guitar solos and howled vocals full of lyrics expressing mental anguish and ... Read more in Amazon's Black Sabbath Store

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  • Audio CD (26 Feb. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B00022TPSY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,348 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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Disc: 1

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

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Though most of Black Sabbath's classic material from this album ("War Pigs," "Iron Man," "Fairies Wear Boots," and the title track) can also be found on the collection We Sold Our Soul for Rock & Roll, Paranoid is essential for the completist. One of the best albums from one of the bands to define heavy metal, this album is chock-full of the best stuff from Sabbath's Osbourne years. (Where else will you be able to hear "Rat Salad?") The music isn't exactly complex, but it doesn't need to be; its importance lies in its evocative power, with which any teenager will be able to identify. --Genevieve Williams

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tom Chase VINE VOICE on 5 Nov. 2007
Format: Audio CD
1970's self-titled debut gave Black Sabbath acclaim, albeit relatively low-key. It showcased a unique and wonderful sound - something far heavier and darker than any other metal band around. Later in that year the band released "Paranoid" to surprising colossal acclaim, propelling the band into both European and US stardom. This rise bewildered leagues of music fans against the band's supposed satanic proclamation, stupidly labelling them Satan worshippers and disregarding the music on offer. "Paranoid" trampled over the naysayers, planting the band into legendary status.

Most of the songs on "Paranoid" have become timeless classics. The title track is the song that everyone who doesn't know Sabbath, or doesn't really know classic metal and rock, knows. Supposedly written as a last ditch thing in the recording studio, the song's overt simplicity and various catchy hooks has become the public face for Sabbath. Ask a group of 40 year old mothers and I bet some, if not most, will know the song, or at least the lead riff. While I don't rank the song as particularly great Black Sabbath, I believe it to be a testament to their ability - their sound is so unique and wonderful, the simplest of Iommi riffs and most slapdash lyrics from Ozzy are elevated, boosted by a sense of raw energy and passion throughout. Obviously Ozzy leads this from the front, booming his voice from the get-go with the fabulous opener "War Pigs/Luke's Wall", one of my favourite Sabbath songs, galloping through sections, swaggering through riffs, solos and police sirens. The song is Black Sabbath at their best.

"Paranoid" is a wonderfully consistent album, flowing from song to song, and boasting no filler.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 May 2000
Format: Audio CD
Black Sabbath were the fathers of modern Heavy Rock (Zeppelin never claimed to be 'heavy'...just 'Rock' incidentally)and this album contains some of their greatest tracks...Paranoid, Warpigs, Fairies.. Having ownes all the Sabbath on vinyl for the past 20 years, I'd say that if you only have enough for one Sabbath album, get this one..chapter and verse of 1970s British Heavy Rock.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Kelly on 20 April 2010
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
I remember purchasing the original vinyl back in the early 70s from Bradley's Records in Rochdale. It was the Paranoid single that really put this album on the radar screen and made it so popular. Unfortunately my original copy got completely worn out with excessive playing and mishandling at house parties. For me still today vinyl is the best format to appreciate the Black Sabbath sound with the Hi-Fi volume turned up high. So to get a new Deluxe 2009 release on vinyl was very exciting.

Sanctuary Records have done an excellent job with this particular vinyl release. The cover/packaging is as per the original album but being stronger to hold the two heavy vinyl discs (weight 188/190grams). The recording/pressing quality is in my view the best of all the 2009 re-releases. It is crystal clear, loud, excellent stereo separation including plenty of clean driving bass/percussion. The balance of the sound is excellent with the bass and percussion more pronounced in the mix.

The records are perfectly flat and the icing on the cake is that they have kept the original black and white `Vertigo' swirl label in the centre of the record on one side of both records. It is a pleasure just to watch this go around on the turn-table again, pure magic. One small issue is the cardboard inner sleeves. Why do record companies put vinyl in tight fitting cardboard? Why not use the more practical paper with antistatic vented plastic inserts to make ease of removal as safe as possible? If they want to include notes/pictures then still do so but on a separate cardboard/paper sheet. I am sure the high price of vinyl records can justify less than 1p sending on a paper/antistatic plastic sleeve.

The first disc is the original album in its full glory.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE on 26 July 2006
Format: Audio CD
Sabbaths second album is 36 years old and still sounds so fresh even today,it is widely regarded as the defining heavy metal album brim packed with solid songs,heavy riffs,epic songs and a good doomy ,evil feel to it helped with the odd occult reference.

Their debut was special but this was the album that really launched the band,the classics are certainly to be found here.

Songs like the classic paranoia which granted is on every rock compilation ever and can certainly be deemed as overplayed but its still a great example of heavy music that was catchy,and we all love that these days.War pigs is another classic as is iron man and fairies wear boots,but in truth this is an essential album,an album that wouldnt be beaten and certainly defines the bands style in my opinion,if you own one sabbath album then surely it has to be this.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Azz McMahon on 3 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD
What the hell can you say about this classic that hasn't been said already?

Not much, so I'll simply say, if you haven't heard this album, and you call yourself a metalhead - you're not you know.

Black Sabbath's second album is a masterpiece, pushing aside much of the blues of their first album, and if anything, becoming even darker in tone, as the topics of war, drug abuse and erm... fairies in boots fuelled the imagination of Geezer Butler and Ozzy Osbourne, while Iommi's riffs were forged of purest metal.

War Pigs, Iron Man, Electric Funeral, the jazz toned Planet Caravan, Bill Ward's moment of glory on Rat Salad, the bleak Hand of Doom.... these alone justify getting the album.

Paranoid itself has become a classic track - and one of the signature tunes of Black Sabbath - but I liken it to the first albatross around Sabbath's neck - fortunately they finally stopped playing it when Heaven and Hell was formed - I'm not going to deny it's legacy in Sabbath's hallowed career, but the only way this song works for me is Sabbath and Ozzy performing it, and it isn't overly Sabbath in sound - sounds more like a quick Zeppelin jam musically (but considering it was the last song recorded for the album as a "filler track", it's not surprising given it was very melodic by Sabbath's standards at the time, that it became a single, and placed Sabbath into superstar status).

The deluxe edition of this album released recently is brilliant - the quadrophonic mix is amazing - true Sabbath fans who haven't heard this yet - go and get it, it's well worth it.

This album is immortal - and rightfully one of the albums by which all metal is judged against.
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