Offered for sale is an original U.S. CD-4 quadraphonic pressing of Paranoid by Black Sabbath.
The quadraphonic mix is considerably different from the common stereo mix and was only available for a short time. The “I am Iron Man” voice at the beginning of “Iron Man” is noticeably different from the stereo version.
About this copy: This copy of Paranoid is a 1974 U.S. pressing on the Warner Brothers label.
The cover is a VG-, with significant ring wear and a saw mark on the spine, but no splits or tears.
The disc is VG+ with a couple of light hairlines and a few scuffs from the paper inner sleeve that are common to 1970s Warner Brothers pressings. It’s a clean disc that plays well.
A nice copy of a very rare Black Sabbath LP and the first copy we’ve had for sale in more than 30 years.
Background: In the mid-1970s, record companies briefly made popular albums available in a four-channel quadraphonic mix in both LP and tape format.
The expense of buying additional equipment, the higher cost of the albums themselves, and compatibility issues made quad a relatively short-lived phenomenon, and the albums were only available for about three years.
Quad albums will play on stereo equipment just like stereo LPs, but they will, by design, have a completely different mix from the stereo counterpart.
Most quad albums sold poorly and were soon discontinued, and many are found today with cutout marks on the covers.
Background: Released in 1970, Paranoid was the second album by Black Sabbath.
The album reached #1 on the UK charts and #12 in the U.S., where it has since sold more than four million copies.
Paranoid was not only Black Sabbath’s most popular record (it was a number one smash in the U.K., and “Paranoid” and “Iron Man” both scraped the U.S. charts despite virtually nonexistent radio play), it also stands as one of the greatest and most influential heavy metal albums of all time. Paranoid refined Black Sabbath’s signature sound — crushingly loud, minor-key dirges loosely based on heavy blues-rock — and applied it to a newly consistent set of songs with utterly memorable riffs, most of which now rank as all-time metal classics. … Everything adds up to more than the sum of its parts, as though the anxieties behind the music simply demanded that the band achieve catharsis by steamrolling everything in their path, including their own limitations. Monolithic and primally powerful, Paranoid defined the sound and style of heavy metal more than any other record in rock history.
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|Country of origin:||U.S.|
|Record Label:||Warner Brothers|
|Year of Release:||1974|