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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:
Sabotage, Black Sabbath, Vol. 4, Symptom of the Universe: The Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978), Master of Reality, Paranoid
See Influences:
Vanilla Fudge, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Yardbirds, John Mayall, Screaming Lord Sutch, Elf (Band), Iron Butterfly, Cream, Blue Cheer, The Kinks, Yes, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
See Contemporaries:
Samson, Thin Lizzy, Budgie (Metal), Scorpions, Blue Oyster Cult, Free, Nazareth, UFO, Iron Maiden, Status Quo (UK), Pink Floyd, Uriah Heep, Quiet Riot, Alex Harvey (Rock), Ozzy Osbourne, Hawkwind, Twisted Sister, Gentle Giant, Mountain, King Diamond, Rainbow, Deep Purple, Gillan, Iron Butterfly, Kiss, Danzig, Dokken, Humble Pie, April Wine, Motorhead, Diamond Head (Metal), Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, Alice Cooper, Queen, Judas Priest, Dio, Cannibal Corpse, Cactus
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 0 ORIGINAL ALBUM:
  2. 1 War Pigs
  3. 2 Paranoid
  4. 3 Planet Caravan
  5. 4 Iron Man
  6. 5 Electric Funeral
  7. 6 Hand of Doom
  8. 7 Rat Salad
  9. 8 Fairies Wear Boots
  10. 9 War Pigs
  11. 10 Paranoid
  12. 11 Planet Caravan
  13. 12 Iron Man
  14. 13 Electric Funeral
  15. 14 Hand of Doom
  16. 15 Rat Salad
  17. 16 Fairies Wear Boots
  18. 17 War Pigs
  19. 18 Paranoid - (alternate take)
  20. 19 Planet Caravan - (alternate take)
  21. 20 Iron Man
  22. 21 Electric Funeral
  23. 22 Hand of Doom
  24. 23 Rat Salad
  25. 24 Fairies Wear Boots
Type:
Performer
Genre:
Rock & Pop
Subgenre:
Hard Rock
Label:
Sony Records
Number of Discs:
1
Format:
Compact Disc
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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