Black Sabbath’s Paranoid was released in September 1970 in UK but heavy metal fans in USA & Canada had to wait until today, January 7th 1971, to get their hands on the record. Imagine the wait without the internet?
To celebrate, 5 songs from the record including the entire first side of the record for today’s 5 @ 5.
This band is setting out on their last tour, ‘The End.’
So far, your last chances to see them include a few stops nearby in Hamilton, Toronto & Detroit.
I was lucky enough to score a signed copy of this record, my boss got Ozzy to sign it at that Budweiser Gardens show last year.
The album was supposed to be called War Pigs but their record company at the time had it changed to Paranoid hoping to avoid backlash about the Vietnam War.
It shows up at #131 / 500 on Rolling Stone’s Greatest Albums of All Time:
Sabbath ruled for bummed-out Seventies kids, and nearly every metal and extreme rock band of the past four decades owes a debt to Tony Iommi’s granite-fuzz guitar, the Visigoth rhythm machine of Bill Ward and Geezer Butler, and Ozzy Osbourne‘s agonized bray in “Paranoid,” “Iron Man” and “War Pigs.”
It shows up as #20 on their 40 Greatest Stoner Albums:
For more than 40 years, Paranoid has been perfect for a miserable, rainy afternoon – just you and your dragon-shaped bong. One of the greatest heavy metal albums ever made, with one of the oddest covers (a war pig!), it features such lumbering metal classics as “Iron Man,” “War Pigs” and “Fairies Wear Boots,” written while Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler were reportedly high as monkeys. And then there’s the title, that sad side effect of too many such afternoons.
As for Rolling Stone’s Greatest Artists of All Time List …a tough list to even make the cut on, they are #85:
Black Sabbath are the Beatles of heavy metal. Anybody who’s serious about metal will tell you it all comes down to Sabbath. Any hard-rock band that ever tried to write a crazy twelve-minute operetta owes them a debt. There’s a direct line you can draw back from today’s metal, through Eighties bands like Iron Maiden, back to Sabbath.
All the compelling themes are on Black Sabbath’s records: beauty, atrocity, the seven deadly sins. Their music can make you think of walking on the beach with your wife, or of locking yourself in your room with your big toe on the trigger of a shotgun — sometimes within the same song. The title song of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath has all of the stuff I’m talking about: It’s rebellious and dark and wicked, but it’s also gorgeous.