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Black Sabbath - Paranoid

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    PARANOID proved to be Black Sabbath's most focused, consistent, and successful record. Leaving behind the amorphous, extended jams of their debut for focused songs and a more structured sound, Black Sabbath virtually wrote the book on heavy metal with ......more

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Artist: Black Sabbath
Description:
PARANOID proved to be Black Sabbath's most focused, consistent, and successful record. Leaving behind the amorphous, extended jams of their debut for focused songs and a more structured sound, Black Sabbath virtually wrote the book on heavy metal with the ominous, unforgettable riffs, thunderous rhythms, and dark themes on this release. There are some up-tempo rockers, the famous title track for one, but for the most part PARANOID oozes along like a bad dream, as on the slinky, creepy opener, "War Pigs," or the lumbering thud of "Iron Man" (which boasts one of the most indelible electric guitar riffs in rock history). The album's title is apt: PARANOID is filled with an edgy aggression and lyrics about war, insanity, death, and destruction. Ozzy Osbourne's flat, affectless voice merges perfectly with Tony Iommi's fuzzed-out, sledgehammer power chords and the bruising bass and drum lines to create an intense, freaky, horror-show universe. There are elements of blues-rock and psychedelia (the floating "Planet Caravan," in particular), but Black Sabbath basically invents here what would become one of the most popular genres of music in the latter 20th century and beyond. Even after the millions of heavy metal albums that have followed in its wake, PARANOID stands as an all-time classic.
See Also:
Paranoid, Black Sabbath, Vol. 4, Sabotage, Master of Reality, Symptom of the Universe: The Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978)
See Influences:
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Yes, The Yardbirds, Elf (Band), The Beatles, The Who, Iron Butterfly, Cream, John Mayall, Screaming Lord Sutch, Vanilla Fudge, The Kinks, Blue Cheer, Jimi Hendrix
See Contemporaries:
Gentle Giant, Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy, Free, Motorhead, April Wine, Iron Butterfly, Alice Cooper, Frank Zappa, UFO, Gillan, Ozzy Osbourne, Pink Floyd, Danzig, Cactus, Uriah Heep, Scorpions, Budgie (Metal), Kiss, Status Quo (UK), Blue Oyster Cult, Deep Purple (Rock), Samson, Cannibal Corpse, Hawkwind, Dokken, Jethro Tull, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Quiet Riot, Judas Priest, Humble Pie, Nazareth, Mountain, Dio, Alex Harvey (Rock), Twisted Sister, Rainbow, King Diamond, Diamond Head (Metal)
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 War Pigs
  2. 2 Paranoid
  3. 3 Planet Caravan
  4. 4 Iron Man
  5. 5 Electric Funeral
  6. 6 Hand of Doom
  7. 7 Rat Salad
  8. 8 Fairies Wear Boots
  9. 9 War Pigs
  10. 10 Paranoid
  11. 11 Planet Caravan
  12. 12 Iron Man
  13. 13 Electric Funeral
  14. 14 Hand of Doom
  15. 15 Rat Salad
  16. 16 Fairies Wear Boots
  17. 17 War Pigs
  18. 18 Paranoid - (alternate take)
  19. 19 Planet Caravan - (alternate take)
  20. 20 Iron Man
  21. 21 Electric Funeral
  22. 22 Hand of Doom
  23. 23 Rat Salad
  24. 24 Fairies Wear Boots
Type:
Performer
Genre:
Rock & Pop
Subgenre:
Hard Rock
Label:
Sony Records
Number of Discs:
3
Format:
Compact Disc
Subformat:
CD & DVD
Studio or Live:
Studio
Mono or Stereo:
Multi
SPARS Coding:
n/a
Editorial Reviews:
Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.126) - Ranked #130 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" Spin (p.89) - "Ozzy saw heavy rock as a way to emulate the horrors of a fallen world..." Q (12/99, p.170) - Included in Q Magazine's Best Gothic Albums Of All Time - "...[They] stamped their bombastic and doom-laden imprint on British rock forever..." Vibe (12/99, p.162) - Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century Kerrang (Magazine) (p.52) - "[With] classic after classic, the strange, lost, almost sobbing vocals of a young Ozzy Osbourne floating over a skulking rhythm section and grim, lurching riffs." Record Collector (magazine) (p.93) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "With sharper edges and nastier riffs than Sabbath's much bigger contemporaries Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, the album made it clear to any doubters that heavy metal didn't just have to be about hobbits and sports cars."
UPC:
602517824447
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