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Posted on Oct.09, 2020 under Black Sabbath

BLACK SABBATH CELEBRATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR ICONIC ALBUM ‘PARANOID’ VINYL DELUXE EDITION OUT TODAY. Five-LP Collection Includes Album Plus Rare Quad Mix Along With The Vinyl Debut Of Two 1970 Concerts Also Available As A 4CD Set


In 1969 and 1970 my musical experiences were exciting, adventurous, heady, and inspiring.  Days full of risk and being vigorously alive, Black Sabbath was a hardworking road band, getting tighter with each gig.

Deep in my heart and with the recording of Black Sabbath accomplished, I felt emboldened and awkwardly able to step out and play newer songs, like Hand of Doom, Iron Man, Electric Funeral, and War Pigs.  I knew those songs were different and I felt remarkably assured within myself that we were making music that upon first listening might not be popular.  However, those thoughts were outweighed by the overwhelming feeling I was part of a great band making great music.  I was twenty-two years old, and to know that about our band was not only satisfying, but at times overwhelming.  I didn’t know if we would have hit records, which we did, but I did know I was in a place of purity and euphoria about how we played and sounded. Night after night we pummeled and released our aggression and emotions onto our audiences.  We were whole, we were as one, time was in front of us and in our favour.  To be of those times is an honourable place to look back on, and my memory ignites with great experiences of that period, I wouldn’t change a thing, except that bass drum sound on Iron Man LO.L.

Love to Tony, Geezer, and Ozzy, and all our fans,

Rock forever and ever and ever,

Bill Ward

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