Paranoid

~ Release group by Black Sabbath

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Paranoid 12" Vinyl 8 Vertigo (British rock label) 6360 011 [none]
Paranoid 12" Vinyl 8 Vertigo (British rock label) 6360 011 [none]
Paranoid 12" Vinyl 8 Vertigo (British rock label) 6360 011
Paranoid 12" Vinyl 8 Warner Bros.-Seven Arts Records ("W7" imprint of Warner Bros.-Seven Arts Records, Inc.) WS 1887 [none]
Paranoid 12" Vinyl 8 WWA Records WWA007 [none]
Paranoid 12" Vinyl 8 Vertigo (British rock label) RJ-7039
Paranoid (reissue) 12" Vinyl 8 NEMS (UK label, 1976-1983) NEL 6003 [none]
Paranoid Vinyl 8 Ariston (Italian label) ARM/42012 [none]
Paranoid Vinyl 8 NE 6003
Paranoid CD 8 Intercord Ton GmbH INT 830.108 4006758301082
Paranoid CD 9 Castle Communications (primary imprint of Castle Communications PLC) NELCD 6003 5013428706039
Paranoid CD 8 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) CD 3104 075992732727
Paranoid CD 8 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across), BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. 3104-2, D 104222 [none]
Paranoid CD 9 Creative Sounds Ltd. (US) 6007 016726600721
Paranoid CD 8 Vertigo (British rock label) 23PD-134 4988011314612
Paranoid CD 8 Castle Communications (primary imprint of Castle Communications PLC) CLACD 197 5017615619720
Paranoid (Japanese Reissue) CD 8 METAL MANIA (Teichiku sub-label) TECP-23893 4988004032899
Paranoid CD 8 Essential! Records (division of Castle Communications) ESM CD 302 5017615830224
Paranoid (LP Replica Reissue) CD 8 Castle Music (subsidiary of Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.) CMTCD004 5050159100422
Paranoid (Japanese Digital Remaster) CD 8 Victor (Japanese “His Master’s Voice” imprint) VICP-61278 4988002413287
Paranoid CD 8 Creative Sounds Ltd. (US) 6007-2 013624600723
Paranoid 12" Vinyl 8 Earmark 41005 [none]
Paranoid CD 8 Sanctuary Midline SMRCD032 5050749203229
Paranoid CD 8 Strange Days Records POCE-1098 4988005459114
Paranoid (deluxe edition) 2×CD + DVD 8 + 8 + 8 Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present) 1782444, 1782445, 1782446, 1782447 602517824447
Paranoid CD 8 Universal Music Australia 4920322 5050749203229
Paranoid SHM-SACD 8 Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present) UIGY-9034 4988005623393
Paranoid CD 8 Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present), Vertigo (British rock label) 2730327 602527303277
Paranoid Digital Media 8 Rhino (reissue label), Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 603497905164
Paranoid Digital Media 8 Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present) 602537422654
Paranoid 2×CD 8 + 8 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) R2 552927 081227949105
Paranoid CD 8 Rhino (reissue label) RR2 3104 081227946715
Paranoid 4×CD 8 + 8 + 8 + 9 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) R2 556692 081227943370
Paranoid CD 8 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 3104-2 075992732727
Pseudo-Release
Paranoid (Deluxe without DVD) 2×CD 8 + 8 Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present) 1782444 602517824447

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Paranoid
included in: Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970–1978)
Cross Box
Heavy Metal Vol. 1 by Motörhead, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath
Paranoid / Black Sabbath
The Complete 70’s Replica CD Collection: 1970–1978
The Ozzy Years: Complete Albums Box Set
part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 131)
supporting tours: Paranoid Tour
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000600570 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/302 [info]
Wikidata: Q271787 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Paranoid (album) [info]
other databases: http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/black_sabbath/paranoid/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/6v63 [info]

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With its monolithic slabs of sound and Tony Iommi's guitar so growlingly low as to be almost subterranean, Black Sabbath's second album maps out the same pessimistic pathways as their self-titled debut, also released in 1970. Despite having cover artwork featuring a bloke with his Y-fronts outside of his long-johns, waving a plastic sword whilst wearing a crash-helmet, Sabbath meant business, and their dirge-drill was set to max, aiming straight for the skull.

The title track, famously dashed off in a few minutes, was a surprise hit in the singles charts. Claustrophobic and oppressive, this is dark stuff dominated by Iommi's blunt riff and Ozzie Osborne's emotionally numbed monotone sounding like car alarm gone on the blink. About as understated as a navvie's 14-pound hammer, it sold bucketloads, drawing in yet more fans attracted to the no-frills pounding of proto-metal.

Though popularly associated with the Devil and all his works, the songs here are more sci-fi than Satan, charting apocalyptic futures, dystopian regimes and comic-book characterisations of politicians and the military. The spacey ballad "Planet Caravan", with Osborne's vocals rinsed through a gauze of filters shows them capable of softening things when the urge took them. The only real clunker is "Rat Salad", an instrumental bookend for a drum solo. Though it probably worked well enough on stage, shoehorned into the studio it sounds rather cramped and lacklustre.

Sabbath may not have been the most musically adventurous group of their generation but they did one thing and did it exceptionally well. If you want proof just take a look at the world of heavy metal. Without this album there wouldn't be one. Simple as that.