Eagle Vision has just released the "Classic Albums" DVD of BLACK SABBATH's legendary second album, "Paranoid". An e-card for the release is available at this location.
Fans are able to go into the studio with the band — singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward — and get a first-hand account of the making of the album featuring the iconic tracks "Paranoid", "Iron Man" and "War Pigs". Clocking in at over 97 minutes, the DVD also features interviews with the original engineers, demonstrations, archive videos and use of the original multi-track tapes.
The DVD chronicles the creation of the locomotive force and unrelenting energy behind these tracks, which ignited an electrified and unforeseen brand of blues-rock. The comprehensive collection of interviews, demonstrations, archive videos, and feature cuts from timeless epics such as "War Pigs", "Iron Man" and the title track, is complemented with 40 minutes of bonus features. For the first time a classic album title is also released on Blu-Ray.
In a second clip just released from the documentary (see below), BLACK SABBATH's Tony Iommi and Bill Ward, along with punk icon Henry Rollins and legendary Warner Bros Records executive Joe Smith, discuss the band and the controversy around the "Paranoid" album.
Released in the autumn of 1970, "Paranoid" is regarded by many as the finest heavy metal releases of all time, is hugely influential and has come to define the genre.
The album was produced by Rodger Bain and was recorded at Regent Sound Studios and Island Studios in London, England.
According to Wikipedia, the album was originally titled "War Pigs", but allegedly the record company changed it to "Paranoid", fearing backlash from supporters of the ongoing Vietnam War. At the time, the band felt that the song was lighter, with the potential to become a single. Additionaly the studio felt the title track was more marketable as a single. However, the band's visual interpretation of a "war pig" was still featured on the cover; a distorted, eerie photograph of a man with sword and shield jumping out from behind a tree.