Best Sellers From The ’70s: Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid”

Black Sabbath - Paranoid (Warner Brothers, 1970)

Black Sabbath - Paranoid (Warner Brothers, 1970)

An immediate success in the UK and the album that broke out the band in the US, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Black Sabbath[/lastfm]’s Paranoid was one of the first quadruple platinum sellers of the ’70s.

Recorded in London by producer Rodger Bain and released on Vertigo Records in the UK (and Warner Brothers in the US), Paranoid was an immediate hit in the band’s homeland, reaching the top of the album charts within weeks.

The title cut was also a hit single in the UK, reaching Number 4 on the chart where it lived for almost 5 months. (Radio programmers in the US, however, were a little more timid. Don’t know that it ever got played)

FM radio gave the band its propers, though, helping to propel the record to Number 12 on the Hot 200 and effectively give the band a name in the US. The album’s obsession with death, destruction, disease and rampant drug and alcohol abuse — delicately applied to a pounding soundtrack, tuned a half-step out of key — didn’t hurt its chances, either.

Since its release in September 1970, Paranoid has sold over 4,000,000 copies.

What was hot forty years ago? Find out with more Best Sellers from the ’70s here…


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