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Paranoid (Deluxe Box)(4CD w/Book) Box set
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PARANOID: SUPER DELUXE EDITION includes the 2012 remaster of the original album, in addition to a rare 1974 quad mix of the album folded down to stereo, plus two concerts from 1970, from Montreux and Brussels. The four-disc set comes with a hardbound book with extensive liner notes featuring new 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.
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The books are cool, one of which is a facsimilie of the Paranoid tour program from their tour with Curved Air and the other being a hard cover book with pics and new interviews about the band and its legacy. There are some interesting facts abound that even a seasoned vet like myself didn't know or hear before, so that was a nice surprise. The quad mix from '73 is superb when you listen to it through surround sound; the instruments are crisp and more discernible in spots, so it's like hearing a new album in some ways.
As for the live sets, the Montreaux show I'd heard in bootleg form after it surfaced a couple of years ago, but I'm more than happy to support an official release of it in a cleaned-up fashion. It's a really solid performance of Sabbath, warts and all, which is how any live set should be heard. The criminal clean-up jobs on almost all "live" albums serves only to diminish the the beauty of vicariously being there when you couldn't for one reason or another. The Brussels set is often billed as the Paris 12-20-70 gig that has been floating around for years on bootleg videos, vinyl and CD's, and after all of these years it's nice to know the truth about the little gem of a show. It's a cool addition to the collection. Concerning the album Paranoid? Well, it's Paranoid, the same album you've heard a million times over the years, and it's a classic, so take it in! Nothing more, nothing less to be had there. One remaster is as good as another; you're buying this set for the neat bonus features.
If Sabbath has plans to issue more "Super Deluxe" editions like this, may I suggest a Sabbath bloody Sabbath version with the 1974 California Jam set as a bonus? That's one of the best shows the Birmingham Boys ever did, hands down, performed in front of over 200,000 people in Ontario, California. Ah, the fanboy in me has sneaked into the review.
All in all, this is a really cool set that is worth the price. Had it been at the $50 mark I may have just passed on it...oh, hell, no I wouldn't have, but the price is perfect for what you obtain herein. As I said, the live gigs are gold in their own right. Now I can retire the old cassettes of these I've had since the mid-1980's.