Black Sabbath Announce “Super Deluxe Edition” of Paranoid


Black Sabbath Announce “Super Deluxe Edition” of Paranoid

–Joe Lund

Fans of classic heavy metal, take note: Black Sabbath’s landmark 1970 album, Paranoid, is being reissued this fall in an ambitiously expanded four-disc package. Titled Paranoid: Super Deluxe Edition, the set includes the original album, a rare quadrophonic mix of the LP, and recordings of two live shows staged in 1970. Fleshing out the package is a hardbound book featuring new interviews with Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward, plus photos, a poster, and a replica of the original Paranoid tour book.

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford penned the liner notes for the set. “Paranoid is important because it’s the blueprint for metal,” he writes. “It led the world into a new sound and scene.”

Disc One consists of the 2012 remastered version of the original album. Disc Two consists of a long out-of-print 1974 quadrophonic mix, folded down to a stereo mix for the new package. Discs Three and Four feature, respectively, unreleased recordings from a 1970 performance in Montreux, Switzerland, and recordings from a televised performance staged in Brussels, Belgium, that same year.

Paranoid: Super Deluxe Edition will be issued by Rhino on November 11, one day before Black Sabbath plays the final U.S. show of their farewell tour. The band’s “The End” trek wraps up in February with a two-night stint in their hometown of Birmingham, England.