Black Sabbath announces ‘Paranoid: Super Deluxe Edition’

Rhino Records has announced that it will release a deluxe edition of Black Sabbath’s groundbreaking Paranoid album on November 11th. The 4 CD set includes the 2012 remaster of 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.

The four disc set comes with a hardbound book with extensive liner notes featuring new 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. Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford contributes to the liner notes of the new package.

“Paranoid is important because it’s the blueprint for metal. It led the world into a new sound and scene,” Halford writes.

Paranoid: Super Deluxe Edition includes – for the first time ever on CD – a Quadraphonic Mix of the album. Originally released on vinyl and 8-track cartridge in 1974, but subsequently long out of print, it has now been made available as a fold-down to stereo mix exclusively for this set. The collection’s final two discs mark the official debut of two 1970 live performances. The first was recorded on August 31st 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 other concert was recorded a few months later in Brussels during the band’s television performance for the public broadcaster RTBF. Rough bootlegs of this classic show have circulated in the past, but they’ve never sounded this good. For this set, the entire show has been sourced directly from the RTBF master tapes resulting in the best sound quality to date.

The Paranoid: Super Deluxe Edition, along with the band’s extensive world tour, signal the “The End” for Black Sabbath as the band prepares to go out on a high note next year with two shows in Birmingham, England, the band’s hometown.

4 CD

CD 1: Original Album, 2012 Remaster

1. “War Pigs / Luke’s Wall”
2. “Paranoid”
3. “Planet Caravan”
4. “Iron Man”
5. “Electric Funeral”
6. “Hand Of Doom”
7. “Rat Salad”
8. “Jack The Stripper / Fairies Wear Boots”

CD 2: 1974 Quad Mix fold-down to stereo
CD 3: Live In Montreux 1970 (Previously Unreleased)

1. Intro
2. “Paranoid”
3. “N.I.B.”
4. “Behind The Wall Of Sleep”
5. “Iron Man”
6. “War Pigs”
7. “Fairies Wear Boots”
8. “Hand Of Doom”

CD 4: Live In Brussels 1970

1. “Paranoid”
2. “Hand Of Doom”
3. “Rat Salad”
4. “Iron Man”
5. “Black Sabbath”
6. “N.I.B.”
7. “Behind The Wall Of Sleep”
8. “War Pigs”
9. “Fairies Wear Boots”

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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