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shred influence on the young
Birmingham speedster.
Paranoid exploded into
rockdom later that same year
and, even now, we can hear
Iommi's riffs coalescing with
bassist Geezer Butler's lyrics
and Ozzy Osbourne's haunting
voice into what we now call
metal. The opening guitar salvo
of "War Pigs" was so revolutionary it can still shock us 45 years
later, its slow power chords
droning over an air-raid siren in
the distance. "Electric Funeral"
and "Hand Of Doom" are further
stoner-rock masterpieces, and
this remaster deftly captures the

Black sabbath

Black Sabbath Deluxe Edition
Paranoid Deluxe Edition
Past Lives Deluxe Edition
Master of Reality Deluxe Edition
The End

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eptember 18, 1970 is
infamous as the day Jimi
Hendrix died, but it's also
the day Black Sabbath released
its sophomore album, Paranoid.
That lP proved itself a molten
masterpiece and, in some
respects, remains the symbolic
moment when '60s psychedelia
morphed into '70s metal.
Now, Rhino has created fresh
deluxe CD and vinyl versions of
the first three Sabbath albums,

as well as double-live set Past
Lives, all the more poignant as
the band is on its farewell tour
and guitarist Tony Iommi battles
cancer (a fan-only CD called The
End is also available at each tour
stop). Each of these releases
includes the 2012 remaster as
well as an extra disc of alternate
takes, sleeve art, and wellwritten liner notes (although set
in infuriatingly small typeface).
The unearthed studio takes

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are mildly interesting, but the
meat of the matter rests on
those original recordings.
The release of Sabbath's debut
in the first half of 1970 reveals
how the foursome was already
amplifying the British blues-rock
of Cream, the Experience, Taste,
Jethro Tull, Jeff Beck Group,
and especially Jimmy Page's
latest band, led Zeppelin. Case
in point, the opening track "Black
Sabbath" introduces a radical riff
using a flat-5th note, while its
triumphant finale is something
straight out of "Beck's Bolero."
Nor should we underestimate the impact of Ten years
After. On Past Lives, check
out Tony's jazz/blues-based
solo on "Wicked World" for
evidence of Alvin lee's proto-

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detail of Tony's crackling tone
and double-tracked guitar fury.
Master Of Reality, at last,
was a 100 percent authentic
metal document, notably as
the Sabbath axeman began
down-tuning his Gibson SGs
for a deep ominous thud, as on
"Sweet leaf," "Into The Void,"
and "Children Of The Grave."
Also, don't miss the first disc
of Past Lives, recorded on the
1973 tour, for Iommi's blistering
tone. Iommi's deployment of
drop-tuning, laney and Marshall
heads, and a cocked Tycobrahe
wah forged a backline roar a full
decade ahead of its time. Truly,
there was no one back then
with such a crushing tone. And
even today, it's a thing of sheer
metallic beauty. - Pete Prown


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