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Black Sabbath anniversary Paranoid Super Deluxe Edition is a treasure trove of rock rarities

Fifty years on, Black Sabbath’s multi-million selling album Paranoid will be re-released as an anniversary 5-LP/4CD special edition packed with rarities. 

Out October 9, Paranoid: Super Deluxe Edition will include the original album, alongside a rare quad mix originally released on vinyl and 8-track cartridge in 1974, remixed to stereo, plus two concerts recorded in1970, from Montreux and Brussels, pressed on vinyl for the first time. 

The collection’s final three albums 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, and features live renditions of  ‘Hand Of Doom,’ ‘Iron Man’ ‘N.I.B.’ and ‘Behind The Wall Of Sleep.’  The second was recorded several months later in Brussels during a performance for Belgian TV. 

The anniversary set includes a rare quad mix of Paranoid originally released on vinyl and 8-track cartridge in 1974…

‘Finished with my woman, ’cause she couldn’t help me with my mind…’

Also included in the vinyl package is a hardbound book featuring interviews with all four band members, rare photos and memorabilia, a collectable poster, as well as a replica of the tour book sold during the original Paranoid tour.

Widely regarded as the creators of heavy metal, the Birmingham-based band followed their self-titled debut in early 1970 with Paranoid. With tracks like ‘Iron man’, ‘War Pigs,’ and the titular classic, it became the band’s first to top the UK charts and has since sold more than 4 million copies in the US alone. 

About Steve May

Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice, Ideal Home, The Luxe Review, Channel News and the i newspaper. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI, and contributor to industry trade magazine ERT. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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