Paranoid. The album by Black Sabbath that might not have invented heavy metal. That honor goes to Black Sabbath and the song “Black Sabbath”. However, it might be the album that drives the most people to the magical and wonderful genre of music known as heavy metal. It has two of the most iconic songs of all-time on it in “Iron Man” and the title track “Paranoid”. Among heavy metal fans “War Pigs” is sacred. From Rhino, comes the most deluxe edition you can get of Paranoid this side of the original master recordings.

What Does The Paranoid Deluxe Edition Come With?

Straight from the music uber-edition giants themselves, Rhino had this to say about the edition and what it includes.

Paranoid: Super Deluxe Edition includes the original album, in addition to a rare 1974 Quad Mix of the album folded down to stereo, plus two concerts from 1970, from Montreux and Brussels, that are pressed on vinyl for the first time. The five-LP set comes with a hardbound book with extensive liner notes featuring interviews with all four band members, rare photos, and memorabilia, a poster, as well as a replica of the tour book sold during the Paranoid tour.
PARANOID: SUPER DELUXE EDITION first two LPs feature the original album plus a Quadraphonic Mix of the album. Originally released on vinyl and 8-track cartridge in 1974, but subsequently long out of print, the Quad Mix has now been made available as a fold-down to stereo mix on vinyl for this set.

The collection’s final three LPs mark the official vinyl debut of two 1970 live performances. The first was recorded on August 31 in Montreux, Switzerland shortly before the release of Paranoid. It captures the band, already a tight musical unit, thundering through new songs like “Hand Of Doom” and “Iron Man” while mixing in “N.I.B.” and “Behind The Wall Of Sleep” from their debut album. The second concert was recorded a few months later in Brussels during the band’s performance for Belgian television. Unofficial versions of this classic show have circulated in the past, but they’ve never sounded this good.

Why This Should Interest Even The Most Hardened Black Sabbath Fan

Paranoid is an album that I can owe my love of heavy metal to. It’s a classic in every sense of the word. So as a massive Black Sabbath fan, this is a must. It comes with too much content for such a low price. Other special editions like this usually come out to over $250+. You’re not only getting some rare and lost pieces of Black Sabbath history, but that book is worth the price of admission alone.

There’s no better way to listen to Sabbath than on vinyl. I’ll be grabbing this one day one, and the best part is the price and the release date. For $109.98, you get the whole package. It releases October 9th, 2020. So get those pre-orders in while you can, this isn’t going to be a release you want to miss.

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