Black Sabbath’s performance of Paranoid at Jazz Bilzen festival in August 1970 is a sweet snapshot of metal history.
Black Sabbath’s Paranoid is indisputably one of the greatest heavy metal songs of all time, but it wasn’t always an instantly recognisable rock anthem. When Sabbath played the Jazz Bilzen festival in Belgium on August 21, 1970, their signature song had yet to break into the UK charts, or trouble European radio airwaves, so it’s easy to imagine how confusing it was for an audience of stoned hippies gathered to see the likes of Cat Stevens, The Kinks and Dizzie Gillespie, to hear Ozzy Osbourne wailing about insanity, depression and suicidal thoughts over *that Tony Iommi riff.
Actually, you don’t have to imagine, because there’s priceless footage of Sabbath’s performance on the band’s official YouTube channel. It’s a wonderful snapshot of heavy metal history.
Famously, Sabbath knocked out Paranoid in 30 minutes purely to add another three minutes of music to their second album. Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler initially didn’t want to jam on Tony Iommi’s ‘throwaway’ riff at all because they considered it a Led Zeppelin rip-off.
“Ozzy and I thought it was too close to Communication Breakdown by Led Zeppelin,” Butler recalled. “We always loved Zeppelin in them days, sitting round on the floor smoking dope and listening to that first album. So when Tony came up with the riff to Paranoid me and Ozzy spotted it immediately and went, ‘Naw, we can’t do that!’ In fact we ended up having quite a big argument about it. Guess who was wrong?”
“I remember going home and I said to my then-wife, ’I think we’ve written a single’,” Ozzy recalled. “She said, ‘But you don’t write singles.’ I said, ‘I know, but this has been driving me nuts on the train all the way back’.”
Paranoid reached number 4 on the UK singles chart on August 29, 1970. Its parent album, Paranoid, became Sabbath’s only number 1 album of the decade one month later.
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BLACK SABBATH Heaven And Hell (1980 UK 8-track vinyl LP, a return to form for Sabbath despite Ozzy's departure, with the former Elf and Rainbow singer Ronnie James Dio proving a more than worthy replacement, glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just light shelfwear with a bit of edge scuffing and the vinyl remains in excellent condition with just a couple of light surface scuffs to show for its forty years)
- Black Sabbath - Vol. 4 - 1st - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £295.00, $368.75, €330.40 (New Item) (arrived 04-Nov-2020 13:31)on November 30, 2020 at 4:36 pm
BLACK SABBATH Vol. 4 (Rare 1972 UK first press 10-track LP on the small 'swirl' label without 'Made In England' text, matt gatefold picture sleeve with integral four page colour photo booklet, 'VO Price Code' lettering on reverse and no track times inside. The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear with a bit of edge scuffing and the vinyl remains in Excellent condition with minimal sign of play. Recommended)
- Black Sabbath - Mob Rules World Tour Programme - Sealed - US - tour programme - £50.00, $62.50, €56.00 (New Item) (arrived 20-Oct-2020 12:25)on November 30, 2020 at 4:36 pm
BLACK SABBATH Mob Rules World Tour Programme (1981 US tour programme, measuring 12" square, available on the world tour supporting the band's tenth studio album, which ran from 15 November 1981 to 13 August 1982. This edition remains sealed from new and is therefore in MINT condition!)
- Black Sabbath - Mob Rules - Japanese - vinyl LP - £50.00, $62.50, €56.00 (New Item) (arrived 20-Oct-2020 12:26)on November 30, 2020 at 4:36 pm
BLACK SABBATH Mob Rules (1981 Japanese Vertigo 'spaceship' label 9-track vinyl LP, pasted picture sleeve complete with Japanese text biography / lyric insert and original obi-strip 25PP-36)
- Black Sabbath - Technical Ecstasy - Japanese - vinyl LP - £65.00, $81.25, €72.80 (New Item) (arrived 20-Oct-2020 12:30)on November 30, 2020 at 4:36 pm
BLACK SABBATH Technical Ecstasy (1980 Japanese issue of the 1978 8-track vinyl LP including the single It's Alright. The back-pasted picture sleeve comes with the Japanese text / lyric insert plus the yellow 'Heavy Metal 80' series obi-strip. The sleeve displays minimal wear and the vinyl looks barely played 15PR-24)