Black Sabbath: Paranoid [Blu-ray]
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Over 40 minutes of additional interviews, archive footage and new demonstrations not included in the broadcast version.
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The first 10 - 20 minutes ran through everything true Sabbath fans already know, such as Tony's finger tips and Geezer's vision. There was entirely too much focus on the political climate of the time, with tons of footage from Vietnam and civil unrest of the late 60's - early 70's. While the era certainly had a bearing on the band's inspiration, the amount of time devoted to it simply robbed viewers of a comprehensive look into the production of an incredible album.
Segments where the producer isolated the recordings to showcase instruments and parts seemed rushed and very short, almost as filler to break up each main segment. For instance, Rodger Bain commented on a particular track and said something to the effect of (I'm paraphrasing here) "This is my all time favorite vocal track from Ozzy. He sang this to perfection, so menacing and soulful". I just knew he would play the isolated vocal track. I mean - it seemed too obvious - but, nope - bam - right back to the VH-1 style presentation. When I found myself yelling at the TV - "Play the track!! let's hear it!!!!" I knew this was NOT what I was hoping for.
REDEMPTION (of sorts)
For those longing for more in-depth coverage of Geezer, Tony and Bill's incredible talents - rest assured - you will get your fix in the bonus segments. It's a shame the producers choose not to include this footage in the main feature. There's plenty of track isolation, demonstrations and live performances to satisfy. In fact, if it weren't for the bonus material - I would have given this review 1 star.
The documentary features new and candid interviews with all four of Sabbath's original members including vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bass player Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. Behind the board, showing off the original master tapes is none other than the future famous producer Tom Allom (Def Leppard, Judas Priest). It is fascinating to hear all of the parts separately and then put together as the classic Paranoid was being built.
Everyone involved tells the story of what it was like to be a member of Black Sabbath touring America and become both famous and infamous at the same time. This is a legendary album by a legendary band. Hearing the sounds and the stories behind "Iron Man," "War Pigs," Paranoid," "Fairies Wear Boots" and "Electric Funeral" will keep you on the edge of your seat.
These songs as well as others are discussed thoroughly in this outstanding documentary. We hear the band members: Tony Iommi, Terence "Geezer" Butler, Bill Ward, and John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne as well as engineer Tom Allom, talk about how they play their instuments for each specific song as well as how they mix each of them in the control room. You also hear commentaries from artists like Henry Rollins, who discusses songs like "Paranoid" and "Iron Man" (in which he talks about ascending and descending bridges in the middle of it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
wish they would do one on the first album, but just like Paranoid, they weren't really in studio long enough to make it a whole show so its kinda combined with this one. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Veedo 182
Its a well made documentary dealing with the recording of Paranoid. Top notch.Published 14 months ago by S. Broyles
The Paranoid album was a great influence on my musical life as I am a musician and heavy metal fan. This DVD/Blu-ray about the Paranoid album is very well done and I would highly... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jef Jaeger
This DVD is a 'must own' for any fan of the timeless, mega influential Black Sabbath. The DVD delves into how this seminal hard rock band, who many claim ARE the 'grandfathers of... Read morePublished 19 months ago by CQ DX
As a music junkie I love learning about music. I enjoyed the DVD and will get a few watches out of it. Loved this old tv series was it used to be on MTV shows.Published 20 months ago by SJ
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