BLACK SABBATH: Paranoid + The Wizzard (Vertigo spiral label, Vertigo cover 6059010, 1970)
7″ single (Vertigo 6059 010, UK, 1970)
– No picture sleeve
– Spiral label (one side has small writing)
– In record company sleeve (one side has small writing)
SIDE A: “Paranoid” 2:45
SIDE B: “The Wizard” 4:20
Paranoid” is a song by the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, featured on their second album Paranoid (1971). It is the first single from the album, while the B-side is the song “The Wizard”. It reached number 4 on the UK Singles Chart and number 61 on the Billboard Hot 100. Also, the song topped the German Singles Chart.
“Paranoid” is consistently ranked as one of the greatest heavy metal songs of all time. It is typically associated with both Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath due to its popularity. After Osbourne left the band in 1979 to pursue a solo career, he continued to perform this track normally at the end of the set.
The original Black Sabbath recording has been used numerous times in various films and television shows including Sid & Nancy, Dazed and Confused, The Stoned Age, Any Given Sunday, Almost Famous and We Are Marshall.