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  • Audio CD (Jan. 29 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002KHH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)
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1. War Pigs/Luke's Wall
2. Paranoid
3. Planet Caravan
4. Iron Man
5. Electric Funeral
6. Hand Of Doom
7. Rat Salad
8. Jack The Stripper/Fairies Wear Boots

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Certified at 4 million units by the RIAA. (1/95)

Though most of Black Sabbath's classic material from this album ("War Pigs," "Iron Man," "Fairies Wear Boots," and the title track) can also be found on the collection We Sold Our Soul for Rock & Roll, Paranoid is essential for the completist. One of the best albums from one of the bands to define heavy metal, this album is chock-full of the best stuff from Sabbath's Osbourne years. (Where else will you be able to hear "Rat Salad?") The music isn't exactly complex, but it doesn't need to be; its importance lies in its evocative power, with which any teenager will be able to identify. --Genevieve Williams

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BoBo on Dec 12 2011
Format: Audio CD
I too have owned this album multiple times. As much as I love this album I always found the sound quality really poor unless being played through a really good sound system. I was waiting for them to reissue this for years but gave up after a while. I was excited to hear about the black box remasters but had no interest in all the recordings. Finally they released the individual albums from those remasters and I have to say I instantly noticed the difference in sound quality. Crisper, louder and less hiss than early CD releases. The rest of the package I could care less about, but the original recording is worth the price. Also Amazon shipped to me in 2 days!! AWESOME!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jon on July 8 2004
Format: Audio CD
All discussion aside, this is without a doubt the greatest album in metal history. Never since Black Sabbath has any metal band revolutionized rock music so much. Toni Iommi, the god of heavy metal guitar, is in his prime on this album, with some of his fastest and heaviest riffs ever, even with two butchered fingers. Ozzy Osbourne, revered as the Godfather of Modern Metal, is awesome here, seeing as no one could sing songs like these as well as the Ozzman himself did. Bill Ward truly rocks on this album, even having his own drum solo. And last, bust CERTAINLY not least, Geezer Butler, possibly the greatest bassist to ever grace the world of music, proves himself nowhere else better than on Paranoid, the primier heavy metal band's second musical effort.
1) War Pigs - This is Black Sabbath's best song, bar none. Absolutely breathtaking. 11/10
2) Paranoid - One of the rare moments when a filler becomes a band's most popular song ever. Short and sweet, this song never gets old. 10/10
3) Planet Caravan - I used to hate this song, but now i listen to it just as much as the others. A very underrated tune, this bizarre smoothe rocker displays some of Geezer's best work. Try the Pantera cover as well. 8/10
4) Iron Man - One of the heaviest, doomiest, and catchy of any Sabbath tune. Awesome distorted guitar, fast bass playing, clever drumming, vocals, everything on this track is sure to please any metalhead. 10/10
5) Electric Funeral - Starts off as a slow, sludgy, doomsday song, then slowly transitions into a quick and powerful blues/jazz tune. Good stuff. 9/10
6) Hand of Doom - Probably my second favorite Sabbath song. One of the few songs ever in which the bass does a good job at carrying the song, especially for 7 minutes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nick Bobraton on Aug. 19 2003
Format: Audio CD
One thing I love about the 1st Black Sabbath album was the fact that it sounds nothing like what they did later on in their career. If anything, it sounded like distorted blues with a few songs having dissonant riffs. Paranoid starts the 'classic' phase of Black Sabbath, and while every song on this is good, there are a few things that bother me.
1)Whoever did the remastering needs to be slapped in the face. The album really needs to be turned up in order to hear it, and the drums are so...distant. It's annoying. The production is almost as bad as Metallica's And Justice For All.
2)Since this is the popular album, I guess I have to talk about Iron Man. I am fine with this song, but it seems that you can't talk about Black Sabbath seriously without some punk middle schooler with a backwards cap and a Limp Bizkit shirt saying "Iron Man! Ozzy rules!" So, that pisses me off.
All problems aside, this isn't a bad album. The lyrics are better than any of the pretensious lyrics off the 1st album. Some songs are about Vietnam, heroin, and hoodlums. Some are just as dumb as the 1st album. However, there is a little more variety. Planet Caravan is a nice acoustic trippy song, and Rat Salad shows off the awesome drumming of Bill Ward.
If you want to start your Black Sabbath collection, than be my guest, get Paranoid. Just don't say it's their best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Skylar TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 10 2007
Format: Audio CD
Black Sabbath for most people is absolute horror while for metalheads they can only be considered as Gods.Lead signer Ozzy Osbourne,guitarist Tony Iomi,bassist Gezer Butler and drummer Bill Wardat the time didn't know that they basicly created Heavy Metal with their second album,1970's "Paranoid" which can be considered as not only the best Sabbath album but the best rock/metal album of all time.Paranoid has got to be the one of the most influential albums ever,and its safe to say that without it,Heavy Metal wouldn't exist.The album has since receved countless credit as the best metal album and most influential album and it fully deserves it.

The band's idea when they started was to make horror music.They tought that if someone would pay to see a horror movie they would do the same with horror music,that was the humble beggening of metal and what would latter be heavy metal and many other genres.The songs do have an horror feel at times and mostly all of them are great.Many of those songs such as "War Pigs","Iron Man" and the title track "Paranoid".The album has a very distinguishable sound that was present in future bands and even today some bands are still influenced by it.There have been several covers of the songs on Paranoid notably Megadeth and Motley Crue's covers of "Paranoid" as well as many tributes.

I could talk about how all the songs or nearly depending on everyone's tastes are all great,but several reviewers have done so already.They're all classics really and Sabbath one great band to discover.I don't have a bad thing to say on that point.It is interresting to note that this album was originally going to be called "War Pigs" but it was changed to Paranoid by the recording company due to the sensitivity about the Vietnam War.
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