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Warner Bros. Records
1. WAR PIGS / LUKE’S WALL 7:55
2. PARANOID 2:50
3. PLANET CARAVAN 4:30
4. IRON MAN 6:00
5. ELECTRIC FUNERAL 4:50
6. HAND OF DOOM 7:10
7. RAT SALAD 2:30
8. JACK THE STRIPPER / FAIRIES WEAR BOOTS 6:15
All compositions by Iommi / Osbourne / Butler / Ward
All selections published by TRO-Andover Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
OZZY OSBOURNE – VOCALS
TONY IOMMI – LEAD GUITAR
TERRY “GEEZER” BUTLER – BASS GUITAR
BILL WARD – DRUMS
Produced by Roger Bain for Tony Hall Enterprises
Recorded at Regent Sound and Island Studios
Engineers: Tony Allom and Brian Humphries
CDD Pre-Mastering by WCI Record Group
Album Design and Photography by Keef
Black Sabbath emerged from the industrial slums of Birmingham, England, in 1966. Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass), Bill Ward (drums) and John ‘Ozzy’ Osbourne (vocals and harmonica) originally comprised a blues band called Earth, which won a small but fanatical following in and around their home town.
Black Sabbath’s self-titled debut album, with its occult overtones and wall of sound, was released in early 1970 in the U.K., where it shot into the Top 20. American success was no less impressive for a group with an “underground” reputation. Black Sabbath reached Number 23 on the album charts and eventually sold more than one million copies.
The breakthrough came later that year with Paranoid, a pioneering heavy metal offering. Laden with Iommi’s driving guitar riffs, Ozzy’s eerie vocals and the thundering rhythm section of Butler and Ward, Paranoid reached Number One on British charts and Number Eight in the U.S. where it remained on the charts for more than a year and reached Platinum status. The title track, a harrowing descent into madness, was an FM radio staple. At the end of 1970, Black Sabbath embarked on a successful American tour, establishing themselves as a major concert attraction for years to come.
Paranoid introduced themes that would recur throughout Black Sabbath’s career – doom, destruction and realms beyond the grave. Its selections of original songs, including “War Pigs,” “Iron Man,” “Electric Funeral” and the album’s centerpiece, the six minute-plus “Fairies Wear Boots,” would set standards for countless heavy metal hopefuls to follow.
© 1970 Warner Bros. Records Inc. Printed in U.S.A.