Black Sabbath ‎– Paranoid

Vertigo ‎– 6360 011
Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold, With Management Credits

Companies, etc.



1st UK issue
Vertigo ''large swirl'' label - with the wording ''Vertigo'' credited below the spindle hole on label side B.
Matt gatefold sleeve - with the credits mentioning ''Management / Jim Simpson, Big Bear, Birmingham''

Cat# - 6360 011 appears on B-side label, spine and rear of sleeve above VO PRICE CODE.
To distinguish from other releases: P 1970 is written above 33 1/3 on right side on label

Recorded at Regent Sound and Island Studios.
All compositions published by Essex Music Int. Ltd.


There is no break in between the tracks "Hand of Doom" and "Rat Salad" - i.e. looks as though there are only three tracks on the B side of the record when there are actually four (see pic).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout stamped): 6360011 1Y//1 420 1 2 1
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout stamped): 6360011 2Y//1 420 1 1 5
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant - B-side runout stamped): 6360011 2Y//1 420 1 1 1
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side label): 6360 011 2
  • Price Code (Rear of sleeve boxed below Cat.No.): VO PRICE CODE
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant - A-side runout stamped): 6360011 1Y//1 420 123

Other Versions (5 of 430) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
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
KA 684 Black Sabbath Paranold(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial) KA (2), Warner Bros. Records (2) KA 684 South Korea Unknown Sell This Version


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August 28, 2018
I own a autographed sleeve with this record, the trouble is Wayne Williams seems to be signed on inside cover and I don't have any information on this person. Can anyone help?


April 7, 2018
I have BSK 3104 US version with beige labels.
A-side BSK-1-3104-JW C #1
B-side BSK-2-3104-JW C #4
Another Jacksonville pressing?


January 17, 2016
Paranoid '​s US-Canadian release was delayed until January 1971, as the Black Sabbath album was still on the charts at the time of its UK release. Still considered a 1970 album by many.


November 5, 2014
edited over 4 years ago
I have a Japanese copy on the Sunshine label spelt $unshine front and back are identical with "stereomono" in the top left hand corner and tract list on the bottom left both sides . It has serial no S-NO- with 103 in a box , and no year on it , but I was given it in the mid 90's and have only looked at it over the last few days , the cover was old and battered when I got it .


August 17, 2013
I have a LP, Album, Gatefold year 1970, US, WB Records #BSK 3104 version of this album and I couldn't find it in the list; should I add it as a new release?
I can provide pictures for more details.
Here is the matrix info:
Matrix / Runout (Side 1: BSK-1-3104 WW2 #2
Matrix / Runout (Side 2: BSK-2-3104 WW2 #2


May 21, 2013
Yes, SKAO means this is a Capitol Record Club issue.

Got a question, anyone ever seen a W7 olive logo on this? I have one, and suspect it's the very first pressing as WB was getting rid of the "Seven Arts" W7 logo at this time. All the other copies I've seen are on olive with orange WB label. This is olive, but says "Warner Bros.-Seven Arts Records" at top and has the orange W7 logo. Also has the misprint (Lukes Wall and Jack the Stripper on label not cover)


April 3, 2013
Right, as regards the comprehensive breakdown of pressing anomalies above...I've just discovered my copy must be a first pressing, it is in lovely condition too which is wonderful but I have a query for the more astute Sabbath boffin....

Mine has no track separator between "Hand of Doom" and "Rat Salad" which according to the paragraph above is a unique identifying feature of the first pressing, everything else fits bar my unusual run out matrixes....

It says above as regards S1 = 6360011 1Y//1 420 1 2 1

Mine finishes with a very distinct '7', not a 1?

As for S2 - 6360011 2Y//1 420 1 1 5 it should be?

Mine has 6360011 2Y//1 420 1 2 1 as it is supposed to be on the other side, then has an extra top half of a '2' in addition, certainly not a '5' in sight!! Maybe the person in charge of the stampers got a bit drunk/confused....

Also, my gatefold sleeve is of the non-laminated variety yet has no mention whatsoever of "Management/Jim Simpson, Big Bear, Birmingham" anywhere in the gatefold text which is supposed to be typical of the second laminated sleeve pressing?

Maybe I have some spooky interim pressing between the first and second, who knows? If any Sabbath obsessive can put my mind at rest about these disturbing occurrences then I'd be a wiser, happier chap as a result. So many sleepless nights over this I'm sure you'll understand...



February 28, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
I've got a US WB green label pressing of 'Paranoid' with an 'SKAO-93459' catalog # and matrix # followed by 'WI'. These SKAO prefixes are usually found in capitol records LP's,such as Beatles LP's. The label also says in tiny print, 'Mfg. by capitol records USA on the bottom of the label ..maybe it's a record club issue? Appreciate any additional info regarding the nature of this odd, unlisted cat # pressing -Thanks.


March 27, 2011
Paranoid is faster paced than Black Sabbath's first album, but it isn't any less dark. It contains the same elements of sci-fi and fantasy, but with a lot more LSD. In addition to the gloom and doom of the first album they add despair and desperation.