If they already created a school with their first self-titled album, the British achieved success at unexpected levels with ‘Paranoid’. For many of his followers it was the high point of his career, despite all the good things they published later.
The second album from Birmingham was recorded in 1970 and managed to become the group’s first success. Initially it was going to be titled ‘War Pigs’, but the record company pressured the band to change it to ‘Paranoid’, wielding the potential of the song itself as a single. An album that treasures enormous quality, despite the age of its protagonists.
He inaugurates the album “War Pigs” (one of the absolute anthems of his discography together with songs of the stature of “NIB” or “Iron Man” and “Paranoid” -cornerstones, these last two, of this work-). An acid criticism against the Vietnam War and its actors. It is followed by “Paranoid”, a song composed by chance by an inspired Tony Iommi while his teammates were having some beers and with which he vindicates his place in the band with this legendary riff that has become the most emblematic and representative anthem of the group.
Inescapable in any show during his career and in that of Ozzy Osbourne alone. Thirdly, “Planet Caravan” where psychedelia takes over a delicate and sad theme, with Ozzy Osbourne offering the best of himself. They continue with another of his heavyweights “Iron Man” whose riff has become one of the most recognized in history. There is no fan who hasn’t started playing the guitar and has threshed this riff to death.
Changing the third, one of the songs most demanded by staunch fans “Electric Funeral” stands out. A superb work by the quartet that brings out its most gloomy and seductive atmosphere. Along the same lines as its predecessor, “Hand Of Doom” continues, where Geezer Butler’s hand recounts the consequences of drug addictions suffered by the soldiers who went to Vietnam on their return home. His insane riffs and rhythm changes perfectly convey those vibes.
Another favorite tenaciously claimed by many of its closest followers. Bill Ward shares the limelight and a moment of brilliance pounding the drumsticks alongside Tony Iommi on the instrumental “Rat Salad” before reaching another of his mainstays and closing step “Fairies Wear Boots”. Tonny Iommi signs an immaculate work to round out the album, putting together a powerful and rocky riff that he sees the counterweight of it in an enveloping melody that captures you from the beginning. There has been much speculation about its lyrics and themes as a possible attack they suffered from skinheads, but it seems that it is simply in a comic key about an experience with drugs that caused them to hallucinate.
This album was number 1 in the UK and is today the best-selling album of Black Sabbath. It is considered one of the most influential albums within the genre for many musicians and groups. A heritage that is palpable from miles away by anyone who has collected a few records from the roll.