Paranoid

~ Release group by Black Sabbath

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Paranoid12" Vinyl8
  • GB1970-09-18
Vertigo (British rock label)6360 011[none]
Paranoid12" Vinyl8
Vertigo (British rock label)6360 011[none]
Paranoid12" Vinyl8
Vertigo (British rock label)6360 011
Paranoid12" Vinyl8
PhilipsSFX-7266[none]
Paranoid12" Vinyl8
  • US1971-01-07
Warner Bros.-Seven Arts Records ("W7" imprint of Warner Bros.-Seven Arts Records, Inc.)WS 1887[none]
Paranoid12" Vinyl8
WWA RecordsWWA007[none]
Paranoid12" Vinyl8
Vertigo (British rock label)RJ-7039
Paranoid (reissue)12" Vinyl8
NEMS (UK label, 1976-1983)NEL 6003[none]
Paranoid12" Vinyl8
NEMS (UK label, 1976-1983), Planet Records (Swedish label)NEL 6003[none]
ParanoidVinyl8
Ariston (Italian label)ARM/42012[none]
ParanoidVinyl8
NE 6003
ParanoidCD8
Intercord Ton GmbHINT 830.1084006758301082
ParanoidCD9
Castle Communications (primary imprint of Castle Communications PLC)NELCD 60035013428706039
Paranoid (Made in France by MPO)CD8
Castle Communications (primary imprint of Castle Communications PLC)CLACD 1975017615619720
ParanoidCD8
  • CA1987-02-17
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)CD 3104075992732727
ParanoidCD8
  • US1987-02-17
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across), BMG Direct Marketing, Inc.3104-2, D 104222[none]
ParanoidCD8
Vertigo (British rock label)832 701-2042283270121
ParanoidCD9
Creative Sounds Ltd. (US)6007016726600721
ParanoidCD8
  • JP1989-03-25
Vertigo (British rock label)23PD-1344988011314612
ParanoidCD8
Castle Communications (primary imprint of Castle Communications PLC)CLACD 1975017615619720
Paranoid (Japanese Reissue)CD8
  • JP1991-07-21
Metal Mania (Teichiku sub-label)TECP-238934988004032899
ParanoidCD8
  • GB1996-02-26
Essential! Records (division of Castle Communications)ESM CD 302, GAS 0000302ESM5017615830224
Paranoid (silver sticker)CD8
Essential! Records (division of Castle Communications)ESM CD 302, GAS 0000302ESM5017615830224
Paranoid (LP Replica Reissue)CD8
Castle Music (subsidiary of Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.)CMTCD0045050159100422
Paranoid (Japanese Digital Remaster)CD8
  • JP2001-03-07
Victor (Japanese “His Master’s Voice” imprint)VICP-612784988002413287
ParanoidCD8
Creative Sounds Ltd. (US)6007-2013624600723
Paranoid (180 gram vinyl)12" Vinyl8
Earmark410058013252410055
ParanoidCD8
Sanctuary MidlineSMRCD0325050749203229
ParanoidCD8
  • JP2007-02-21
Strange Days Records (Japanese reissue label)POCE-10984988005459114
Paranoid (deluxe edition)2×CD + DVD8 + 8 + 8
  • GB2009-03-30
Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present)1782444, 1782445, 1782446, 1782447602517824447
ParanoidCD8
  • AU2009-10-30
Universal Music Australia49203225050749203229
ParanoidSHM-SACD8
  • JP2010-08-25
Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present)UIGY-90344988005623393
ParanoidCD8
Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present), Vertigo (British rock label)2730327602527303277
ParanoidDigital Media8
  • US2014-01-21
Rhino (reissue label), Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)603497905164
ParanoidDigital Media8
  • XW2014-03-28
Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present)602537422654
Paranoid2×CD8 + 8
  • US2016-01-22
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)R2 552927081227949105
ParanoidCD8
  • US2016-08-05
Rhino (reissue label)RR2 3104081227946715
Paranoid4×CD8 + 8 + 8 + 9
  • US2016-11-11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)R2 556692081227943370
Paranoid12" Vinyl8
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across), Rhino (reissue label)3104, RR1 3104081227946708
Paranoid4×CD8 + 8 + 8 + 9
  • XE2020-10-09
BMG (the former Bertelsmann Music Group, defunct since 2004-08-05; for releases dated 2008 and later, use “BMG Rights Management”), Sanctuary Records Group Ltd. (not for release label use, for copyrights use only)BMGCAT401QCDX, R2 5566924050538619751
Paranoid (Columbia House club edition 776401T)CD8Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)W2 3104777497764011
ParanoidDigital Media8Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present)5414939679377
ParanoidCD8Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)3104-2075992732727
Pseudo-Release
Paranoid (Deluxe without DVD)2×CD8 + 8
  • GB2009-03-30
Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present)1782444602517824447
(unknown)
Paranoid2×12" Vinyl8 + 8
  • -2016-01-22
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across), Rhino (reissue label)1887, R1 552927081227949099

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:Absolute Radio's The 100 Collection (number: 81) (order: 81)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 131) (order: 131)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 139) (order: 139)
supporting tours:Paranoid Tour
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/302 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/6v63 [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/black_sabbath/paranoid/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000600570 [info]
Wikidata:Q271787 [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.