Black Sabbath
Paranoid


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mike Stagno EMERITUS
August 16th, 2006 | 1730 replies | 75,461 views


Release Date: 1970 | Tracklist


Black Sabbath swung open the iron doors of heavy metal with their debut album, Black Sabbath. The album was pretty successful for a debut album, and the band was eager to replicate that success. Lo and behold, Paranoid, the band's sophomore effort. In the UK, Sabbath released Paranoid at the end of 1970, the same year as their self-titled album. The album was originally titled War Pigs, after the opening track, a title that was quickly changed because of a potential backlash due to the Vietnam War. Paranoid was a hit, reaching #1 in the UK, and #12 in the US, where it was released a few months later (in 1971). Arguably their most popular release, Paranoid spawned the band's three most popular songs, the opener, War Pigs, the title track, and Iron Man.

Paranoid continued Black Sabbath's musical progression. The band focused on the heavier, more metallic sound, similar to the ending of the song Black Sabbath, and the song N.I.B. Tracks such as War Pigs, Iron Man, Fairies Wear Boots, and Electric Funeral show off the band's more metal-esque sound. Gloomy riffs are still found on the album, Electric Funeral's main riff being an excellent example of this. Black Sabbath also has a few new tricks up their sleeves in the form of Planet Caravan and Rat Salad. The former is an attempt at a psychedelic song, and though I'm no expert on this kind of music, the band does an excellent job with the song. Planet Caravan is quite relaxing, and a change from the destructive riffs found in previous Sabbath songs. The highlight of the song is quite easily the jazzy, two minute long guitar solo from Iommi, one of the most enjoyable solos on the album. The other song, Rat Salad, mainly consists of a drum solo from Bill Ward, with Tony Iommi pitching in some riffs for the first half and the remaining 25 seconds of the song. Think Moby Dick by Led Zeppelin, and that's what you'll find here, only a minute and a half shorter. Though these two songs are well done, Paranoid's most memorable moments are definitely when they are thrashing up the set with their brand of heavy rock.

Though vocalist Ozzy Osbourne isn't the most talented singer around, I feel he improved on Paranoid. His singing in songs such as Hand of Doom, Iron Man, War Pigs, and the title cut is a lot more tolerable than it was on past songs such as Wicked World. I also quite like his performance on Electric Funeral. His voice fits the sludgy, electric sounding man riff and even though I don't count myself as a fan off the "prince of darkness", I will admit, he sounds pretty cool on Electric Funeral. His singing on is also a lot more memorable on the album. His wails on a song like Paranoid or War Pigs make those even unfamiliar with the genre or song think of "that controversial band"/Black Sabbath. Guitarist Tony Iommi once again impresses with this release, as he churns out riff after riff after riff. Tony has a solid showing in each track, but specifically in War Pigs, Planet Caravan, Electric Funeral (gotta love that electric sounding riff) and Fairies Wear Boots. Both bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward have an excellent performance, especially in the song Planet Caravan, where even though they aren't flashy, they hold up the mellow song with a simple, yet effective rhythm. Bill Ward also has a great showing in the instrumental, Rat Salad, where he has his nearly 50 second long drum solo.

Even though in the past 36 years many bands have come up with faster, heavier, darker, more technical, albums, Paranoid still stands strong next to the albums it influenced. One of the most important heavy metal albums of all time, Paranoid might not be the best of it's genre, but it still has classic songs in the form of War Pigs, Electric Funeral, Fairies Wear Boots, and Iron Man. Black Sabbath's sophomore effort also gave the band as well as the fledgling genre its first commercial hit, as well as two anthems, Paranoid and Iron Man. The two songs have since become the band's most well known songs, and you'd be hard pressed to find someone who hasn't at least heard of them. Paranoid is an excellent album that, again, any fan of hard rock or heavy metal may find enjoyable.

Recommended Tracks:
War Pigs
Electric Funeral
Fairies Wear Boots
Planet Caravan



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Mikesn
Emeritus
August 16th 2006



3709 Comments


Next is review should be Master of Reality, unless it doesn't turn out that great.

south_of_heaven 11
August 16th 2006



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review. I can't stand 'Planet Caravan' however. And no 'Paranoid' on the recommended list? You're insane!

Mikesn
Emeritus
August 16th 2006



3709 Comments


The last recommended strack was pretty much a toss up between Planet Caravan, Hand of Doom, and Iron Man, but I love the solo in PC, so I chose that one. :p

Can't say I really like Paranoid much though.

stinkypoptart
August 16th 2006



1169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

on my cd it says Jack the Stripper/Fairies Wear Boots? i love this cd.

stinkypoptart
August 16th 2006



1169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

on my cd it says Jack the Stripper/Fairies Wear Boots? i love this cd.

Cravinov13
August 16th 2006



3854 Comments


Iron Man owns.

Mikesn
Emeritus
August 16th 2006



3709 Comments


According to black-sabbath.com, Jack the Stripper is the outro to Fairies Wear Boots, while Luke's Wall is the intro to War Pigs.

John Paul Harrison
August 16th 2006



1014 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fairies Wear boots is some kind of amazing.

El_Goodo
August 16th 2006



1008 Comments


Is there a need to get this album if I already have the best of "We Sold Our Souls For Rock And Roll," which has Iron Man, Paranoid, War Pigs, and Fairies Wear Boots.

Zebra
Moderator
August 16th 2006



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

This is the best Sabbath album. Iron Man and War Pigs are awesome.

metallicaman8
August 16th 2006



4677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Zebra also became a mod while I was away? Good stuff. There the mods, the less the spam.

Nice review also. I voted.

Mikesn
Emeritus
August 16th 2006



3709 Comments



Is there a need to get this album if I already have the best of "We Sold Our Souls For Rock And Roll," which has Iron Man, Paranoid, War Pigs, and Fairies Wear Boots.

Depends if you consider 4 songs to be worth $10 or not.

francesfarmer
August 16th 2006



1477 Comments


Nice job on the review, very interesting. And I really like this album.

Mikesn
Emeritus
August 16th 2006



3709 Comments


After listening to Sabbath's first three albums almost non-stop the past few days, I must admit their sound is really growing on me.

Activista anti-MTV
August 16th 2006



3138 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Nicely done my friend. With Master of reality you will have written three Sabbath reviews in the time it took me to write one. Good job.

kygermo
September 18th 2008



994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fairies Wears Boots is the stand-out. Side 1 on Paranoid (except for the lovely Planet Caravan) is so played out. And this is coming froma guy who loves Sabbath. Side 2 is where the monster lies.

DethMagnetic
September 25th 2008



110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome album

ConorMichaelJoseph
January 18th 2009



1870 Comments


Their best album. But every one of their first five as well as Heaven and Hell are some of the most ferociously kickass albums around.This Message Edited On 01.18.09

Dragonforce89
February 25th 2009



326 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great

lauriej
February 25th 2009



1711 Comments


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