Black Sabbath ‎– Paranoid

Warner Bros. Records ‎– 3104-2
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Recorded at Regent Sound and Island Studios.
Originally released in 1970.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 7599-27327-2
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 2U10
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): 1 3104-2 SRC**11 M3S1
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 2U8C
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): 1 3104-2 SRC**11 M1S43
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): 1 3104-2 SRC**11 *M2 S9
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4): 1 3104-2 SRC**11 *M1 S40
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5): 1 3104-2 SRC**11 *M1S20

Other Versions (5 of 425) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
6360 011 Black Sabbath Paranoid(LP, Album, Gat) Vertigo 6360 011 UK 1970 Sell This Version
NEMS NEC 6003 NEMS Black Sabbath Paranoid(Cass, Album, RE) NEMS NEMS NEC 6003 NEMS Ireland Unknown Sell This Version
SFX-7266, 6360 011 Black Sabbath Paranoid(LP, Album, Gat) Philips, Vertigo SFX-7266, 6360 011 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
ESM CD 302, GAS 0000302ESM Black Sabbath Paranoid(CD, Album, RE, RM, Unofficial) Essential, Essential ESM CD 302, GAS 0000302ESM Russia Unknown Sell This Version
203 147, 203.147 Black Sabbath Paranoid(LP, Album, RE) NEMS, Ariola 203 147, 203.147 France & Benelux 1980 Sell This Version



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December 13, 2010
this is just one of those records that all collections must have. it is generally regarded to be the first "metal" record, even though it's really an evolution of the blues and should really be listed as a blues record. an unconventional blues record, perhaps, but strictly a blues record nonetheless. it has arguably become the most classic of classic rock records.

it is true that the riffs on the disc conjure up the most inane projections of what some in the elite would label as subversive: lost hippies dancing in the park and smoking drugs, satan worship, a lack of interest in traditional employment, a lack of understanding of conflict in any of it's states except it's final state: peace. is this not the attraction to the record? is it not some silly dream fantasy?

sure, it is. you just have to ignore the lyrics about serial killers.

it's hard not to laugh at "iron man", but it's hard to hate the riff, too. they did hit on something primal here and it does have longlasting appeal, it's just not such a grand idea to analyze it too much.

it's also really hard to hate the lead guitar work, even if it is somewhat simplistic. the irony is that the guitar style that iommi lays down here on what has been labelled the first metal record is in reality the style that punk rock evolved into during the grunge era. the oft-maligned "lead bassist" produced what was by far the more influential and widely accepted style. this is also the first grunge record.

i don't recommend this to anybody because the type of person that is likely to take recommendations seriously is not the target audience.