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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars for the main album, 3 stars for the extras., 6 April 2009
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This review is from: Paranoid (Audio CD)
Disc 1 the main album is worthy of 5 stars the album which brought black Sabbath to prominence via the single `Paranoid', and its spooky follow up `Iron Man'. What can you say about an album which has inspired many a guitarist over the last 40 years? If it's not 'Smoke on the water' then it's the riff from 'Iron man' you hear in guitar ships to this day. This deluxe 3 disc edition gives us a nicely mastered original album complete with an original looking vertigo swirl LP image on the disc. The mastering seems to be quite well regarded and certainly does not suffer greatly from that modern compression that so many reissues discs do suffer from these days.

Disc 2 is an Audio DVD and NOT a DVD Audio (no MLP) or SACD, this amount to a disappointment for me of this set. While it is nice to have a version of the original QUAD mix for the album it is only in lossy DTS and is not from a very good source. So full marks for effort in providing this disc but marks dropped for not getting a better source. That said the quad mix does open up the sound field quite a lot and manages to enhance the power of the original album on many of the tracks. Also of concern for a deluxe edition where you expect good sound quality the stereo track on the disc is lossy Dolby Digital rather than high bit rate LPCM as stated on the cover of the package?

Disc 3 is a disc of early versions of the songs on the original album in the order they appear on the original album. Of interest are the original lyrics to `Paranoid' and `Planet Caravan' which appears to have originally been almost 2 minutes longer. The other tracks offer little to the casual listener and are really for fans only.

For the price this is a very good set and deserves the deluxe tag, however there are flaws in the set and while its great to have the original quad mix it would be better to have it sourced for a good tape and as a DVDA.
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Initial post: 14 Apr 2009, 21:16:29 BST
Last edited by the author on 17 Apr 2009, 14:48:49 BST
Fletch: Can you tell me if Disc 2 is region-free or which region it's aligned with? I'm in the U.S., wondering if I'll need to buy an extra DVD player.

UPDATE: Never mind, solved it.

Posted on 3 May 2009, 09:24:18 BST
Last edited by the author on 3 May 2009, 09:26:02 BST
Your statements about the audio tracks of the DVD are correct - the cover gives a very wrong impression. The DTS 5.1 track is at full bitrate, though, and I'm quite happy with it. The Dolby Digital Stereo track is instantly forgettable. I wonder if the decision not to have a DVD-Audio was made solely because of production costs or because of the fact that it is too specialized a format and not many people are able to play it - I suspect it was the former. It would have been possible to include an uncompressed LPCM Stereo track as stated on the cover, but then again that would have incurred higher production costs... I got it for a reasonable price, so I won't complain too much.

Posted on 3 Oct 2013, 22:56:37 BST
Strider says:
You said yourself that this edition has its flaws but then you gave it 5 stars.

How would you have scored it had it been perfect?

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Oct 2013, 08:07:34 BST
The album itself is a 5 star album if you notice the top of the review my thoughts are reflected 5 start album 3 star extras, the review reflects the extras.
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