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Digitally remastered 1996 reissue on Castle of the metalmonster's second album. Originally released in 1970, themulti-platinum reached #12 in the U.S., largely in part tothe hits 'War Pigs', 'Iron Man' and the title smash. Takenfrom the original master tapes, this edition also containsfaithfully restored artwork. Eight tracks total.
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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The reason for my review is to do with the fact that there are a lot of cd versions knocking about, some a bit on the dodgy side, the version I have is 2004 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd. SMRCD032. Now I'm no sound engineer but I know what I like and this version sounds fantastic, the music is sharp, crisp and it rocks, Ozzy's vocals are clear and where they should be in the mix. Like the original album there are 8 tracks, no extras and that suits me fine, perfect, the way it was meant to be. After some of the muddy versions I've come across I would recommend you know the version you intend to buy, this one's a corker.
I received my replacement "Sabotage" vinyl today. LABEL GLUE RESIDUE ALL OVER BOTH SIDES OF THE LP AND THE OFFENDING LABEL RIPPLED BEYOND BELIEF!! EXTREMELY NOISY TRACK RUN-OUT ON SIDE ONE. I GIVE UP !! AVOID THESE ATROCITIES LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!!!!!!!!
Apart from the turgid jazz odyssey of Planet Caravan, there isn't a song here that is less than brilliant, and the remastering seems absolutely spot on to me. I don't think even the most tedious audiophile bore could complain that it is possible to mix Sabbath 'too loud'.
Brilliant second album which is basically a reproduction of the Vertigo swirl release and came with a CD copy. You can pay silly money on Ebay for an original pressing but this one is excellent so why buy an old and probably worn/clicky copy?
Very heavy, good tunes and with lyrics that reflected the mood of the times much more than the first album. I imagine the acetate was recut considering the quality and depth of sound.
Somehow, hearing the inside story just added that extra something to the story and when I found out that the CD was only a fiver, well how could I resist? Phrases such as "all-time classic", "groundbreaking" and "genre-defining" can be bandied around all the time but they're obviously true here. And while we still have wars, then "War Pigs" is always going to be relevant.
A word of praise for this CD re-issue. You get a reproduction of the original gatefold sleeve, together with what looks like the original inner photo. Plus, curiously, what looks like the back cover of a Spanish edition. And the CD is printed up like the original LP label. Most important, though, the sound transfer is top notch and when you do a bit of headbanging with headphones on, you can really hear what good players these guys are.
Recorded in a hurry to cash in on the success of their debut, Black Sabbath, this is a musically more mature and varied work. It still contains the familiar themes of occultism and mysticism, but there are now elements such as anti war campaigning and science fiction thrown in.
This is a somewhat heavier album than its predecessor, with lots of big heavy rock sounds and Tommy Iommi's trademark low guitar tuning much in evidence. Ozzy Osbourne was in fine voice when this was recorded, and with Iron Man and War Pigs gives two of the greatest rock anthems of all time. And as for Paranoid, dashed off in a few hours to make up the space, well i is simply one of the best tracks the band ever recorded, a perfect 2 and a half minutes of great pumping proto punk rock.
A classic album from start to finish, a must for all metal fans.