Black Sabbath - Paranoid

Paranoid is the second studio album by English heavy metal band Black Sabbath. Released in September 1970, the album was the only one by the band to top the UK Albums Chart, and as a result is commonly identified as the band's magnum opus. Paranoid has been certified four times platinum by the RIAA and contains some of the band's best-known signature songs, including the title track, "Iron Man" and "War Pigs".

Background and recordingEdit

After the release of their debut album in February 1970, Black Sabbath returned to the studio in June that year, again with producer Rodger Bain, to record their second album. The album was recorded at Regent Sound Studios and Island Studios in London, England. The album's eponymous single "Paranoid" was written in the studio at the last minute to fulfill the record label's request for a single.

As drummer Bill Ward explains: "We didn't have enough songs for the album, and Tony just played the "Paranoid" guitar lick and that was it. It took twenty, twenty-five minutes from top to bottom."

The song "Iron Man" was originally entitled "Iron Bloke". Upon hearing the main guitar riff for the first time, Ozzy Osbourne remarked that it sounded "like a big iron bloke walking around". The title was later changed to "Iron Man".

Track listingEdit

All songs credited to Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward. All lyrics by Butler except "Faires Wear Boots" by Osbourne.

Side one
  1. "War Pigs" – 7:58
  2. "Paranoid" – 2:54
  3. "Planet Caravan" – 4:34
  4. "Iron Man" – 5:57
Side two
  1. "Electric Funeral" – 4:53
  2. "Hand of Doom" – 7:08
  3. "Rat Salad" – 2:31
  4. "Fairies Wear Boots" – 6:14

2009 'Deluxe Edition' disc 2Edit

Disc 2 features the 1974 quadraphonic mix on DVD:

  1. "War Pigs" – 7:55
  2. "Paranoid" – 2:47
  3. "Planet Caravan" – 4:30
  4. "Iron Man" – 5:58
  5. "Electric Funeral" – 4:47
  6. "Hand of Doom" – 7:07
  7. "Rat Salad" – 2:29
  8. "Fairies Wear Boots" – 6:13

2009 'Deluxe Edition' disc 3Edit

Disc 3 features original, alternate and demo takes from Regent Sound Studios:

  • "War Pigs (Instrumental)"
  • "Paranoid (Alternate Lyrics Version)"
  • "Planet Caravan (Alternate Lyrics Version)"
  • "Iron Man (Instrumental)"
  • "Electric Funeral (Instrumental)"
  • "Hand of Doom (Instrumental)"
  • "Rat Salad (Alternate Mix)"
  • "Fairies Wear Boots (Instrumental)"
  • On the North American edition of the album, the songs "War Pigs" and "Fairies Wear Boots" were entitled "War Pigs/Luke's Wall" and "Jack The Stripper/Fairies Wear Boots", respectively.
  • The Castle Communication edition (1986) featured a live version of "Wicked World" which is 18:51 long, which was later featured on Past Lives


Black Sabbath
Additional personnel
  • Rodger Bain – production
  • Tom Allom – engineering, piano on Planet Caravan
  • Brian Humphries – engineering
  • Marcus Keef – graphic design, photography
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