Black-Sabbath-LP-Paranoid-cover_6814For this week’s album of the week, we are turning to the Godfathers of heavy metal to help us with the pick. The album we chose is Black Sabbath’s second studio album Paranoid which was released on September 18, 1970 and in two days time that will mark the 45TH anniversary of the album’s release. The band once again was made up of Ozzy Osbourne (Vocals), Tony Iommi (Guitars), Geezer Butler (Bass), and Bill ward (Drums). For 43 years, this was the band’s only album to ever top the charts in the UK until the release of 2013’s 13. When it came time for this album, the band wanted to capitalize on the success of the self titled debut, so in June they hit the studios and in four months they released the album which features many of the band’s concert staples like War Pigs, Fairies Wear Boots, and the title track. The band originally wanted to title the album Walpurgis, but then it was shortened War Pigs. Not long afterwards,  the album title was changed to Paranoid because the record company felt that was a potential single. Butler explains it to Classic Rock Magazine, “I wanted to write a song called ‘Walpurgis’ – you know, the Satanic version of Christmas – write it about that Satan isn’t a spiritual thing, it’s warmongers. That’s who the real Satanists are, all these people who are running the banks and the world and trying to get the working class to fight the wars for them. We sent it off to the record company and they said, ‘No, we’re not going to call it that. Too Satanic!’ So I changed it to ‘War Pigs’.” As far as where it placed on the charts here in America, it peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Top 200 charts and it went four times platinum.

blacksab-paranoid11. War Pigs– This is perhaps one of my all time favorite Black Sabbaths songs both on record and live. The album starts with this amazing guitar riff that just sounds like doom with the help of an amazing bass riff added with air sirens to give it that doomy effect. Then it slows done with no instruments other than Bill Ward hitting the high hat with Tony Iommi coming in with some simple riffs. 5/5

2. Paranoid– this may be the most famous Sabbath song that was just a three minute filler according to the band who needed an extra track for the album. Boy were they wrong because the track took off and is there only top 20 hit in the UK. 5/5

3. Planet Caravan– This track was very different for the Sabath boys because it was psychadelic and a true gem. Pantera does an amazing cover of this song. 5/5

4. Iron Man– Another Sabbath classic about a man who travels to the future and he sees the apocalypse. While he tres to return back to the present to warn everyone, he is turned into a steel magnetic field and is made mute which makes him helpless in warning the people. 5/5

back sabbath paranoid record5. Electric Funeral– The song right from the beginning just sounds evil rigght from the start and it should consdiering it’s about how the world ends due to atomic bomb warfare. 5/5

6. Hand Of Doom– The track is widely regarded as the most popular song on the album by fans. It starts off slow with a bass line before it explodes right in with the music. The song is about soldiers who came to England from Vietnam that were extremely addicted to drugs. 5/5

7. Rat Salad– This is an instrumental song that really is the gateway tot he last track. 4.5/5

8. Fairies Wear Boots– Tony Iommi has stated the song is about a time when Geezer and Ozzy were smoking weed and they saw some fairies wearing boots and running around the park. It’s another favorite of mine from Black Sabbath and I love the intro to the song which is often referred to as Jack The Stripper. 5/5

My Final Thoughts-What more can I say about this record other than the fact that it’s probably the greatest Sabbath record of all time. Look at how many songs on this record are concert staples whether it’s played by Sabbath or Ozzy (solo). That is why I am giving the album five stars out of five for a final grade.

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