Black Sabbath anniversary Paranoid Super Deluxe Edition to feature rare quad mix

Black Sabbath will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of its multi-million selling album Paranoid with a 5-LP/4CD special edition. To be released on October 9, the collection will include the vinyl debut of two 1970 concerts.

Paranoid: Super Deluxe Edition includes the original album, in addition to a rare 1974 quad mix of the album folded down to stereo, plus two concerts recorded in 1970, from Montreux and Brussels, here pressed on vinyl for the first time. 

The five-LP set comes with a hardbound book with extensive liner notes featuring interviews with all four band members, rare photos and memorabilia, a poster, as well as a replica of the tour book sold during the Paranoid tour.

Widely regarded as the progenitors of heavy metal, the legendary Birmingham-bred band followed their self-titled debut in early 1970 with Paranoid. The record became the band’s first album to top the UK. charts and has sold more than 4 million copies in the US alone. Today, tracks like ‘War Pigs,’ ‘Iron Man,’ and of course, ‘Paranoid,’ are widely regarded as genre classics. 

The first two LPs feature the original album, plus a quadraphonic mix of the album. Originally released on vinyl and 8-track cartridge in 1974, but subsequently long out of print, this quad mix has now been made available as a fold-down to stereo mix on vinyl for this set.

The collection’s final three albums mark the official vinyl debut of two 1970 live performances. The first was recorded on August 31 in Montreux, Switzerland shortly before the release of Paranoid. It captures the band thundering through new songs like ‘Hand Of Doom’ and ‘Iron Man’ while mixing in ‘N.I.B.’ and ‘Behind The Wall Of Sleep’ from their debut album. 

The second concert was recorded a few months later in Brussels during a performance for Belgian TV.