Black Sabbath announces ‘Paranoid’ 50th anniversary set

Five LP collection features previously unreleased content

Black Sabbath is celebrating Paranoid’s 50th anniversary with a Super Deluxe Edition box set on October 9th. Paranoid: Super Deluxe Edition includes the original album, in addition to a rare 1974 Quad Mix of the album folded down to stereo, plus two concerts from 1970, from Montreux and Brussels, that are pressed on vinyl for the first time. The five LP set comes with a hardbound book with extensive liner notes featuring interviews with all four band members, rare photos, and memorabilia, a poster, as well as a replica of the tour book sold during the Paranoid tour.

Paranoid: Super Deluxe Edition’s first two LPs feature the original album plus a Quadraphonic Mix of the album. Originally released on vinyl and 8-track cartridge in 1974, but subsequently long out of print, the Quad Mix has now been made available as a fold-down to stereo mix on vinyl for this set.

The collection’s final three LPs mark the official vinyl debut of two 1970 live performances. The first was recorded on August 31 in Montreux, Switzerland shortly before the release of Paranoid. It captures the band, already a tight musical unit, thundering through new songs like “Hand Of Doom” and “Iron Man” while mixing in “N.I.B.” and “Behind The Wall Of Sleep” from their debut album. The second concert was recorded a few months later in Brussels during the band’s performance for Belgian television. Unofficial versions of this classic show have circulated in the past, but they’ve never sounded this good.

LP 1: Original Album / LP 2: Quadradisc Mix in Stereo (WS4 1887) 1974

Side A:

  1. War Pigs / Luke’s Wall
  2. Paranoid
  3. Planet Caravan
  4. Iron Man

Side B:

  1. Electric Funeral
  2. Hand Of Doom
  3. Rat Salad
  4. Jack The Stripper / Fairies Wear Boots

LP 3: Live in Montreux 1970 (Part One)

Side A:

  1. Intro
  2. Paranoid
  3. N.I.B.
  4. Behind The Wall Of Sleep

Side B:

  1. Iron Man
  2. War Pigs

LP 4: Live in Montreux 1970 (Part Two)/Live in Brussels 1970 (Part One)

Side A:

  1. Fairies Wear Boots
  2. Hand Of Doom

Side B:

  1. Paranoid
  2. Hand Of Doom
  3. Rat Salad
  4. Iron Man

LP 5: Live in Brussels 1970 (Part Two)

Side A:

  1. Black Sabbath
  2. N.I.B.

Side B:

  1. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
  2. War Pigs
  3. Fairies Wear Boots

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