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Paranoid [Bonus Discs] [Box]

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Track Listing

    Track Title

    Time

  1. War Pigs/Luke's Wall [2009 Remastered] [Version]
  2. Paranoid [2009 Remastered] [Version]
  3. Planet Caravan [2009 Remastered Version] [Version]
  4. Iron Man [2009 Remastered] [Version]
  5. Electric Funeral [2009 Remastered] [Version]
  6. Hand of Doom [2009 Remastered Version] [Version]
  7. Rat Salad [2009 Remastered] [Version]
  8. Jack the Stripper/Fairies Wear Boots [2009 Remastered] [Version]
  9. War Pigs
  10. Paranoid
  11. Planet Caravan
  12. Iron Man
  13. Electric Funeral
  14. Hand of Doom
  15. Rat Salad
  16. Fairies Wear Boots
  17. Intro [Live at Casino de Montreux, Montreux, Switzerland 08/31/1970] [L
  18. Paranoid [Live at Casino de Montreux, Montreux, Switzerland 8/31/1970]
  19. N.I.B. [Live at Casino de Montreux, Montreux, Switzerland 08/31/1970] [
  20. Behind the Wall of Sleep [Live at Casino De Montreux, Montreux, Switzer
  21. Iron Man [Live at Casino De Montreux, Montreux, Switzerland 8/31/1970]
  22. War Pigs [Live at Casino De Montreux, Montreux, Switzerland 8/31/1970]
  23. Fairies Wear Boots [Live at Casino de Montreux, Montreux, Switzerland 0
  24. Hand of Doom [Live at Casino De Montreux, Montreux, Switzerland 08/31/1
  25. Paranoid [Live in Brussels 1970] [Live]
  26. Hand of Doom/Rat Salad [Live in Brussels 1970] [Live]
  27. Rat Salad
  28. Iron Man [Live at Bussels 1970] [Live]
  29. Black Sabbath [Live in Brussels 1970] [Live]
  30. N.I.B. [Live in Brussels 1970] [Live]
  31. Behind the Wall of Sleep [Live in Brussels 1970] [Live]
  32. War Pigs [Live in Brussels 1970] [Live]
  33. Fairies Wear Boots [Live in Brussels 1970] [Live]

Review

Paranoid was not only Black Sabbath's most popular record (it was a number one smash in the U.K., and "Paranoid" and "Iron Man" both scraped the U.S. charts despite virtually nonexistent radio play), it also stands as one of the greatest and most influential heavy metal albums of all time. Paranoid refined Black Sabbath's signature sound -- crushingly loud, minor-key dirges loosely based on heavy blues-rock -- and applied it to a newly consistent set of songs with utterly memorable riffs, most of which now rank as all-time metal classics. Where the extended, multi-sectioned songs on the debut sometimes felt like aimless jams, their counterparts on Paranoid have been given focus and direction, lending an epic drama to now-standards like "War Pigs" and "Iron Man" (which sports one of the most immediately identifiable riffs in metal history). The subject matter is unrelentingly, obsessively dark, covering both supernatural/sci-fi horrors and the real-life traumas of death, war, nuclear annihilation, mental illness, drug hallucinations, and narcotic abuse. Yet Sabbath makes it totally convincing, thanks to the crawling, muddled bleakness and bad-trip depression evoked so frighteningly well by their music. Even the qualities that made critics deplore the album (and the group) for years increase the overall effect -- the technical simplicity of Ozzy Osbourne's vocals and Tony Iommi's lead guitar vocabulary; the spots when the lyrics sink into melodrama or awkwardness; the lack of subtlety and the infrequent dynamic contrast. Everything adds up to more than the sum of its parts, as though the anxieties behind the music simply demanded that the band achieve catharsis by steamrolling everything in its path, including its own limitations. Monolithic and primally powerful, Paranoid defined the sound and style of heavy metal more than any other record in rock history. [A 2016 CD re-release included the album and added a 2009 remastered version of the album a live version from 1970] ~ Steve Huey, Rovi

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