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Editors’ Notes

While Black Sabbath’s self-titled debut album is the purest expression of the band’s music, the follow-up, Paranoid—released just months later—features several of Sabbath's best and most loved songs. The opener, “War Pigs”—a song critical of the Vietnam War—had been intended as the title track, but the record label didn't want the controversy. "Paranoid" was made the title track based on its strength; it was the lead-off single and (along with “War Pigs” and “Iron Man”) became a classic song with riffs for emerging electric guitarists everywhere. “Planet Caravan” and “Rat Salad” each provide a few moments of relief on their respective album “sides.” The second side, with “Electric Funeral,” “Hand of Doom,” and “Fairies Wear Boots,” is nearly as classic as the first side. Despite initial lukewarm to nasty reviews, Paranoid has since been credited among the greatest albums of all time from magazines such as Rolling Stone, Guitar World, Kerrang!, Q, and Vibe, among many.

Customer Reviews

About Time

About time iTunes finally got around to putting up these albums. No review necessary considering we know how awesome Paranoid is.


Awesome that classic Sabbath is finally on iTunes

Seminal LP

It changed perceptions and expanded boundaries of lyricism and songwriting.

This album is the foundation for the metal that followed.


Formed: 1969 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Black Sabbath have been so influential in the development of heavy metal rock music as to be a defining force in the style. The group took the blues-rock sound of late-'60s acts like Cream, Blue Cheer, and Vanilla Fudge to its logical conclusion, slowing the tempo, accentuating the bass, and emphasizing screaming guitar solos and howled vocals full of lyrics expressing mental anguish and macabre fantasies. If their predecessors clearly came out of an electrified blues tradition, Black...
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