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Black Sabbath
Paranoid [Deluxe Remastered Edition] (2016)

Black Sabbath — Paranoid [Deluxe Remastered Edition] (2016)

 Black Sabbath — Paranoid [Deluxe Remastered Edition] (2016)
★  “Tony said, ‘People pay money to see horror films. Why don’t we make scary music?’” — OZZY OSBOURNE
Location: Aston, Birmingham, UK
Album release: January 22, 2016
Record Label: Warner Bros.
Duration:     41:46 + 42:00 => 83:46
Tracks:
CD 1:
1–1 War Pigs     7:55
1–2 Paranoid     2:48
1–3 Planet Caravan     4:29
1–4 Iron Man     5:55
1–5 Electric Funeral     4:50
1–6 Hand Of Doom     7:08
1–7 Rat Salad     2:31
1–8 Jack The Stripper/ Fairies Wear Boots     6:14
CD 2:
2–1 War Pigs (Instrumental)     8:03
2–2 Paranoid (Alternative Lyrics Version)     2:52
2–3 Planet Caravan (Alternative Lyrics Version)     6:04
2–4 Iron Man (Instrumental)     5:59
2–5 Electric Funeral (Intrsumental)     4:54
2–6 Hand Of Doom (Instrumental)     7:17
2–7 Rat Salad (Alternate Mix)     2:32
2–8 Fairies Wear Boots (Instrumentals)     6:19
BACK STORY
ORIGIN: Aston, Birmingham, UK
CORE MEMBERS: Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Ozzy Osbourne, Bill Ward, Ronnie James Dio
GENRES: Psych rock, heavy metal
YEARS ACTIVE: 1968 — present
TOP 7 ALBUMS:
1. Black Sabbath, Vol. 4
★   After  18 months of touring, Sabbath recorded their fourth LP at LA’s record plant in summer ’72. Renting a mansion in Bel Air, and with no label interference, the four–piece gave free rein to increasingly wanton appetites. “The album cost $65,000 to make and we spent $75,000 on coke,” admits Geezer Butler. Olympian excess aside, Vol. 4 is Sabbath’s most satisfying set. An opening brace of Wheels Of Confusion/The Straightener evoke their frenetic state of mind; Snowblind is an ode to their drug of choice; the ballad Changes is a paean to innocence lost; but walloping Supernaut is the album highlight. Vol. 4 became Sabbath’s fourth US million–seller in a row.
2. Black Sabbath, Master Of Reality
★   Sabbath’s third saw their sound expanded. “We were a really tight live band; now we knew what we were doing in the studio,” said Bill Ward. Sabbath’s growing scope is revealed in Iommi’s neo–classical interludes (Orchid, Embryo) and his unlikely flute burst on the melancholic ballad, Solitude. Add phlegm–coughing opener Sweet Leaf (inspired by Sweet Afton rolling tobacco rather than marijuana), nihilistic anti–war anthem Children Of The Grave and the intergalactic fatalism of Into The Void (original working title: Spanish Sid) and what you have is a stone–cold classic.
3. Black Sabbath, Paranoid
★   “What the fuck has a bloke dressed as a pig with a sword in his hand got to do with being paranoid?” remarked Ozzy. “They [the record company] decided to change the album title without changing the artwork.” The reason for this change was Paranoid, the final track written “in five minutes” at the end of the second album session. Added to material like the funereal War Pigs (the original album title), the Ted Hughes–inspired Iron Man and Fairies Wear Boots (about an altercation with some skinheads), Paranoid remains Sabbath’s only hit single, a UK Top 5 in summer ’70.
4. Black Sabbath, Heaven And Hell
★   Fired after 1978’s unfortunately titled Never Say Die!, Ozzy was replaced by ex–Rainbow/Elf singer Ronnie James Dio. With remaining Sabbath trio Iommi, Butler and Ward, he replaced the earth–shovelling sound with a classy, hard–rock approach enhanced by Martin Birch’s production and typified by the fast–driving opener Neon Knights. Mini–epic Children Of The Sea along with Die Young and Lonely Is The Word echoed Dio’s time in Rainbow, but despite uncertainties (Butler vacillated over his future, Ward succumbed to alcoholism), Heaven And Hell is the sound of a band reborn.
5. Black Sabbath, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
★   “I didn’t have a single idea about what to write,” said Tony Iommi of the writers’ block that dogged him on Sabbath’s fifth studio LP. Used to relying on the guitarist’s fresh riffs to kickstart the creative process, the band scrapped their initial LA sessions. “We thought, This is how bands split up,” admitted Butler. But a writing session in the armoury of Clearwell Castle, Gloucestershire, spawned the riff to the LP’s title track and created the momentum for one of their most adventurous LPs… while Killing Yourself To Live stands as perhaps Ozzy’s most autobiographical track.
6. Black Sabbath, Sabotage
★   Arguably the last great album by the original line-up, 1975’s Sabotage saw them embroiled in managerial litigation. “We had nearly 10 months of legal cases where we couldn’t do anything,” explained Geezer Butler. Unsurprisingly, Ozzy penned a song about the situation (The Writ) and Sabbath vented their frustration in Am I Going Insane (Radio). The anthemic thrust of Hole In The Sky and Symptom Of The Universe proved Sabbath’s musical invective remained intact, while a moment of levity came via the album sleeve, thanks mostly to Bill Ward, who wore his wife’s tights over a pair of underpants borrowed from Ozzy.
7. Black Sabbath, Black Sabbath
★   A snapshot of the band’s live set at the time, this seven–song debut was recorded at Regent Sound Studio in London for £600. Taped on two 4–track machines, the sound is raw and unkempt. The self–titled opener begins with black sheets of rain, a tolling bell and Iommi’s ominous use of the ‘devil’s’ tri–tone. Meanwhile, Butler’s lyrics — sung with convincing horror — are based on a supernatural visitation the bassist claimed to have witnessed. N.I.B. (aka Nativity In Black) is less spooky. “I wrote that one about Bill Ward’s beard,” explained Butler. “It was shaped like a pen nib.”
★   BLACK SABBATH PREPARE DELUXE EDITIONS AS “THE END” APPROACHES
★   Deluxe Editions For The Band’s First Three Studio Albums Arrive On January 22 From Rhino
★   Black Sabbath’s Highly Anticipated Final Tour Set To Begin In January With New Fall Dates Recently Announced
LOS ANGELES — In January, Black Sabbath will make its triumphant return to North America to launch their highly anticipated “The End” final tour. That same month, the greatest metal band of all time will also release deluxe editions of its first three studio albums — Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Master of Reality.
★   Each deluxe edition includes the 2012 remaster of the original album, available on CD for the first time, along with a second disc of outtakes that are previously unreleased in North America. All three albums will available January 22 as 2–CD ($19.98) and 2–LP ($31.98) sets.
★   Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward made their debut as Black Sabbath in 1970 with the band’s self–titled album. The new deluxe edition of Black Sabbath includes studio outtakes from the 1969 sessions for the album, including alternate versions of “Black Sabbath” and “N.I.B.,” as well two versions of the UK single “Evil Woman (Don’t Play Games With Me).”
★   The same year that Sabbath’s debut arrived, the band released its follow–up Paranoid. This metal masterpiece has gone on to be certified 4x platinum. The deluxe edition features phenomenal instrumental takes on “War Pigs,” “Iron Man” and more, along with versions of “Paranoid” and “Planet Caravan” with alternate lyrics.
★   The group’s third album, Master of Reality, arrived in 1971 and introduced fans to essential Sabbath tracks like “Sweet Leaf” and “Into The Void.” The deluxe edition builds on that legendary album with versions of “Children Of The Grave” and “Sweet Leaf” that have different lyrics. There is also an instrumental version of “After Forever” and an outtake for “Solitude” that features an alternative guitar tuning.
★   These deluxe editions and massive world tour mark “The End” for Black Sabbath, as the band writes the final chapter in its incredible story. But don’t expect the band to go quietly. The 2016 farewell tour promises to surpass all previous tours and will feature the band's most mesmerizing production ever.
★   The live collection Past Lives, originally released in 2002 but long out–of–print, will also be reissued as 2–CD and 2–LP sets on the same date. It features performances recorded between 1970 and 1975 — when the band was at the height of its dark powers  and includes phenomenal live versions of essential tracks like “War Pigs,” “Paranoid,” “Snowblind” and “N.I.B.”
“★”“★”“★”“★”“★”“★”“★”“★”“★”“★”“★”“★”“★”“★”“★”“★”“★”“★”“★”“★”“★”

Black Sabbath
Paranoid [Deluxe Remastered Edition] (2016)

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