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on September 29, 2017
Of course this is one of Black Sabbath's great classic albums (Paranoid, 1970, can it be that long!), so you already know what the scoop is music-wise. The thing to note (purchased from Amazon.ca) is this is BLACK vinyl (marked "180 Gram Vinyl") and NOT the limited run Blue vinyl (marked "Limited Edition 180 Gram Blue Vinyl"). The Blue vinyl is no longer in production and has been replaced by the Black version (confusion results from the UPC & Record Catalog # being the same). The great news is the Black and Blue versions are exactly the same in all other respects (180 gram, 2012 Remaster, Gatefold Packaging). Cover art is well reproduced too. Both versions are also made by the well regarded Quality Record Pressings in the US (although their usual gold decal is not applied to the album cover in these cases). Bottom line is this 2016 release (black or blue) is a great premium vinyl record pressing of the classic 70's Paranoid with excellent sound that will delight! Enjoy listening!
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on January 2, 2016
This is a very dynamic record drums jump out at you, an interesting listen. Having said that the tone is a little cool, the upper end detail which is very out front outshines the bottom end making me want to turn down the treble. The CD I have on the other hand has a warmer tone but at the expense of upper end detail and is not as dynamic. I think this record could probably be remastered in a way as to bring the best of both together and improve the overall sound. The vinyl itself is very good, not much surface noise that I noticed.
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I never heard the CD version of this album before, only a store bought cassette many years ago. It seems to me that the best possible master was used and I couldn,'t be happier with this part of the package. The problem comes with the quad master that was used for the product used two years later. There is so much noise present that I'm shocked this was allowed to go out as is. No wonder quad was such a failure years ago. The actual quad mix is half decent but the tape source should have been the original master tape. The engineer should be ashamed of himself. A proper 5.1 mix should have been done. This was the only quad mix from this band and they blew there chance of something really special- the first elo album was done in quad and is far superior.
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on January 30, 2018
Vinyl is black not colored but is flawless. Sound is very good.
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on September 4, 2016
Unreal. Mint condition. More than half the price as the local record store. Blue vinyl looks so good in the turntable.
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on September 9, 2016
Incredible album. The sound quality is amazing and the record itself is a brilliant blue colour. A little disappointed at the lack of any lyrics with the album but live and let live. Overall, a great record for the collection!
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on September 8, 2016
Excellent LP and beautiful vinyl color it arrived on time.
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on May 19, 2018
Next step up
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on October 28, 2013
Ok, this is one of my two favourite Black Sabbath's albums (the other one has the same name as the band). Got this to replace my old CD (scratched over years of use). Black Sabbath in its best!
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on October 6, 2012
One of my teenage favourites, this album has some good tracks, in particular the title track. The band had not fully developed their sound, as they would on their terrific subsequent two albums.
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