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Black Sabbath - Paranoid (Classic Album)

The multi-platinum selling Paranoid is arguably Black Sabbath's finest album, not to mention one of the most seminal Heavy Metal albums of all time. This programme tells the story behind the writing, recording and success of this remarkable and groundbreaking Heavy Metal album.
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TBReviewed in the United States on May 31, 2020
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I discovered Sabbath's first album in the misc. bin at Tower records in 1970. Nobody had heard of them yet. But that album spoke to me like nothing before. This is a documentary interviewing them individually and demonstrating how skilled they are at playing their instruments. If you want to see them playing entire songs as a band then there are plenty of videos of that on the internet. I just loved this documentary about my favorite heavy metal band.
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Scott E. BrowningReviewed in the United States on December 30, 2012
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A Definitive Portrait of a Timeless Heavy Metal Album
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Black Sabbath, like all other bands of their genre were not well received by critics when they first emerged. One sociologist in this film said that critics during the late 1960's and early 1970's wanted musical artists who gave them hope. Obviously, Black Sabbath was not one of those bands. On their album, "Paranoid", they basically talk about certain problems through their songs, and leaves you, the listener, to draw your own conclusions. For example, 'War Pigs' as almost all of us know, discusses the effects of war on different countries. "Electric Funeral" talks about the dangers of nuclear weapons. "Hands of Doom" explains in detail, how individual soldiers have been affected by war as well as drug abuse. "Fairies Wear Boots" tells about a gang of skinheads physically and mentally abusing the band members as well as other hippies. "Iron Man" according to the band members is a science fiction tale of a man who time travels into the future and then trvels back to the present to discuss futuristic disasters which are likely to take place if we humans are not careful enough. Finally, there's "Paranoid", which talks about an individual experiencing mental problems, such as paranoia, schizophrenia, and depression.

These songs as well as others are discussed thoroughly in this outstanding documentary. We hear the band members: Tony Iommi, Terence "Geezer" Butler, Bill Ward, and John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne as well as engineer Tom Allom, talk about how they play their instuments for each specific song as well as how they mix each of them in the control room. You also hear commentaries from artists like Henry Rollins, who discusses songs like "Paranoid" and "Iron Man" (in which he talks about ascending and descending bridges in the middle of it.) He as well as Ozzy Osbourne discusse the importance of a good and strong rhythem section is essential for a groudbreaking rock 'n' roll band; in this case, it's the drum playing of Bill Ward and the bass playing of Terence Butler.

You hear about when the band first formed, they were a band called "Earth", and how they eventually named themselves "Black Sabbath" after investigating with aspects of the occult, not because they became devil worshippers. The band members discuss how their environment in their hometown, Birmingham, England, which was for the most part a slum) helped them develop their distinguished sound. They also talk about they took a trip to "The Star Club" in Hamburg, Germany, which previously, many famous groups and musicicans performed there such as "The Beatles", "Chuck Berry", "Jerry Lee Lewis", and "Ray Charles". However, when Black Sabbath performed there, only three people were in the audience. Then when they released their self-titled debut album, "Black Sabbath", more people started to take notice, even though as stated before, the critics were not satisfied with it. Then, when they release "Paranoid", they gain a bigger following and eventually take a tour in the United States. As we all see, this album sells well in both England and in America and establishes "Black Sabbath" as a landmark band.

You hear interviews from a sociologist, journalists, and critics as to how the album "Paranoid" as well as the band itself changed the heavy metal genre forever as well as pave the way for many future bands to come.

Finally, there's the bonus footage, where you hear about subjects like who the bands influences were, their first tour in the United States, how Tony Iommi developed cutting-edge guitar riffs in spite of getting two of his right-hand fingertips cut of by a machine in an accident at an industry, Bill Ward's phenomenal drum playing and more of his influences, and extended takes on some of the songs.

"Classic Albums" as we all know picks out certain albums in the rock 'n' roll genre who they feel have stood the test of time. "Paranoid" is absolutely one of them. The songs mentioned above still make sense in terms of discussing the dark side of reality. Ironically, these subjects can be turned into entertainment with the tool of music.
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dave not in dallasReviewed in the United States on May 26, 2020
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Classic Albums: Sabbath Paranoid
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This is my favorite 'Classic Album' yet. I always thought Ozzie wrote the lyrics. I was wrong. These people are good. thats my story and Im stickin to it cause I got no reason to lie, yeah.
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Mike FerdynReviewed in the United States on February 2, 2013
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great music by a great band
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pretty cool listening to Tony, Geezer, Bill and Ozzy talk about writing their songs and what was going on with them at the time. this album was recorded the same way other touring bands did. write and learn the songs then go into the studio and record them. not run up huge recording studio fees writing the songs while sitting on their ass or sleeping at the paino while the meters running. Sabbath is the real deal. NO OTHER BAND WILL CHANGE THE SOUND OR ROCK LIKE BLACK SABBATH DID. just can't be done
sandyReviewed in the United States on May 20, 2021
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The Best Sabbath Record!!!!!
CQ DXReviewed in the United States on December 20, 2014
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A 'must own' for fans of Black Sabbath or metal in general!
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This DVD is a 'must own' for any fan of the timeless, mega influential Black Sabbath. The DVD delves into how this seminal hard rock band, who many claim ARE the 'grandfathers of metal', conceived of and recorded the historic 'Paranoid' album. There is excellent archived footage, band interviews, and demonstrations of the multi-tracked recordings themselves. Don't miss this one!
Rock n Roll Carl (Stevens)Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2020
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Paranoid Secrets revealed
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No need for a review. C'mon, its Black Sabbath!!
Jef JaegerReviewed in the United States on January 11, 2015
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The Paranoid album was a great influence on my musical life as I am a ...
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The Paranoid album was a great influence on my musical life as I am a musician and heavy metal fan. This DVD/Blu-ray about the Paranoid album is very well done and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is even remotely interested in Black Sabbath or this album, or even this type of music.
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