AMERICA Went PARANOID 50 Years Ago Today

7 January 2021

Active: 1968–2006, 2011–2017
LP: PARANOID – the band’s 2nd LP

Released: 50 years ago today – 7th January 1971 – in the US.
Great timing for the album’s 50th birthday, right?
Score: #12 in America and #1 in the UK (where the LP came
out in Sept 1970).

Rolling Stone review: “It’s impossible to imagine what heavy metal would have
become without the iconic gloomy riff of ‘Iron Man’ the musical thickness of ‘War
Pigs’ and the rapid-fire chugging of ‘Paranoid.’… The music is dark and gloomy with
blues-inspired guitar riffs.’Paranoid’ was the sound of Black Sabbath’s reality, a plea for understanding that would resonate with millions of people feeling the same disaffection.”

Ozzy Osbourne: “Music gave me everything. I don’t have a trick,
I don’t know why, I don’t know how. I suppose it’s just what my fate
was, do you know what I mean?”

Key tracks: War Pigs / Paranoid / Iron Man




Full album…


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