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Black Sabbath - Paranoid (Deluxe Edition)

Black Sabbath, Paranoid (Deluxe Edition)

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

BLACK Sabbath fans rejoice. Since Monday, March 30, the entire back catalogue has been available digitally for the first time in the UK following a deal struck by Universal Music Catalogue UK, a division of Universal Music UK.

In total, 18 titles from the Black Sabbath catalogue will be available for download from retailers including iTunes; Amazon.com MP3 store; Tesco Digital; 7 Digital; Play.com, HMV.com MP3 stores and Lost Tunes.com.

And if that’s not enough for them, the release of the digital catalogue coincides with the physical release of Paranoid Deluxe Edition.

The deluxe version offers a triple-disc containing the extremely rare 1974 Quadraphonic mix of the album, as well as a deluxe digipak gatefold packaging with expanded booklets containing rare and previously unseen photographs, comprehensive sleeve-notes telling the story behind each album and include images of rare single covers and memorabilia from the period.

It also contains a third disc of previously unreleased bonus tracks, some of which were recorded at Regent Sound Studios.

Hence, there’s an eight-minute instrumental of War Pigs to really savour the guitar work they’re synonymous with, an alternative lyrical version of their seminal title track Paranoid and instrumentals of Iron Man, Electric Funeral, Hand of Doom, Rat Salad and Fairies Wear Boots.

Worth listening out for, too, is the alternative lyrical version of the mellow Planet Caravan, a really trippy slice of ’70s psychadelia that’s perfect for chilling out to.

Black Sabbath are Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward, and they relased their eponymous debut album in 1970.

After that, they forged the most haunting and hypnotic rock sound of all time.

From humble beginnings, the Birmingham quartet captured the minds of millions of rock fans around the world and continue to do so into the new millennium.

The musical genre they created inspired countless musicians and spawned countless bands, all of which have attempted to emulate the Heavy Metal originators.

Paranoid remains, arguably, their greatest achievement and this deluxe edition provides fans and newcomers alike with a veritable goldmine of classic material. It’s a collection to be savoured.

Track listing:
Disc 1 (Original Album):

  1. War Pigs
  2. Paranoid
  3. Planet Caravan
  4. Iron Man
  5. Electric Funeral
  6. Hand Of Doom
  7. Rat Salad
  8. Fairies Wear Boots

Disc 2 (1974 Quadrophonic Mix):

  1. War Pigs
  2. Paranoid
  3. Planet Caravan
  4. Iron Man
  5. Electric Funeral
  6. Hand Of Doom
  7. Rat Salad
  8. Fairies Wear Boots

Disc 3
(Previously Unreleased Bonus Tracks):(Tracks 1-8 recorded at Regent Sound Studios, 16 & 17/6/70)

  1. War Pigs (instrumental)
  2. Paranoid (alternative lyrical version)
  3. Planet Caravan (alternative lyrical version)
  4. Iron Man (instrumental)
  5. Electric Funeral (instrumental)
  6. Hand Of Doom (instrumental)
  7. Rat Salad (instrumental)
  8. Fairies Wear Boots (instrumental)