Black Sabbath Classic Albums: Paranoid

2009 • 0h 55m

The second album by Black Sabbath, released in 1970, has long attained classic status. Paranoid not only changed the face of rock music forever but also defined the sound and style of Heavy Metal more than any other record in rock history. The result of a magic chemistry which had been discovered between four English musicians, it put Black Sabbath firmly on the road to world domination.

This program tells the story behind the writing, recording, and success of this remarkable and groundbreaking Heavy Metal album. Despite vilification from the Christian and moral right and all the harsh criticism that the music press could hurl at them, this album catapulted Black Sabbath into the rock stratosphere. Using exclusive interviews, musical demonstration, archive footage, and returning to the multi-tracks with engineer Tom Allom, the film reveals how Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward created their frighteningly dark, heavy, and ear-shatteringly loud sound.

Additional comments from Phil Alexander (MOJO & Kerrang! Editor), Geoff Barton (Classic Rock Editor), Henry Rollins (Writer/ Musician), and Jim Simpson (Original Manager) add insight to the creation of this all-time classic. 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, containing some of the band's best-known signature songs, including the title track "Paranoid," "Iron Man," "Hand Of Doom," and "War Pigs." This is truly a Classic Album.