Best Pressing of Black Sabbath Paranoid Album?

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I heard last night for the first time Black Sabbath's Paranoid album.

I actually really liked a couple of the tracks! This pretty much represents as hard rock-y as I get, but I liked what I heard.

What pressing of this album should I get?

Does the original pressing offer the best sound?

Does one of the reissues sound better to you?

Thank you!
 
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Ron, Black Sabbath pressings are a saga. It's pretty much agreed that the first pressings are the best, most recent ones are poor, other than I believe 1996 Castle remasters and 2009 remasters.
They are the one band I particularly wished I'd got the 70s vinyl. My recent pressings have some of the most MIA bass ever from a classic rock band.
 
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I think most agree on LP, the original pressings sound better.

If you are open to CD, the 2004. Black Sabbath. Black Box remastered set sounds better to me than any of my LP's and i have many pressings.Contains the first 8 albums which are all worth having IMO. Great dynamics and punchy bass.
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I like black sabbath and have being listening to there music since I was a teenager.I own two of there early release cds and they sound ok.i think original release is the way to go.
 

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Thank you, gentlemen.

I am looking only for the vinyl (or legitimate tape).
 
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I like black sabbath and have being listening to there music since I was a teenager.I own two of there early release cds and they sound ok.i think original release is the way to go.

Thank you, Gary.
 
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I went through this same search a month ago. Yes, the original pressings but... WWA007 pressed at Phonodisk around 1973 with the 6360011 etching is said to have used the original stampers. I managed to pick up a NM version for a reasonable amount. Also has the nice Gatefold. Make sure you verify matrix numbers though with the seller if you go this route. Good Luck.

 
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I heard last night for the first time Black Sabbath's Paranoid album.

I actually really liked a couple of the tracks! This pretty much represents as hard rock-y as I get, but I liked what I heard.

What pressing of this album should I get?

Does the original pressing offer the best sound?

Does one of the reissues sound better to you?

Thank you!

Welcome to rock. You are expanding beyond 15 music pieces.

I saw BS live in Hyde Park and the opening act was Soundgarden. I was not a fan of BS till I heard them live and then the LP was great. Bad pressings or digital have too much of lost bass to capture it. Leif also has tape.

The Vertigo Swirls are known to be the best but like 1000 - 2000 USD
 

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The Warner Brothers Green label earlier pressings are pretty good. Its just hard to find them in good shape. I have an earlier WWA pressing from the UK thats pretty good. It is supposed to sound very close to the Vertigo. supposedly, they used the stampers from the Vertigos on these pressings. I like my copy. It is definitely not lacking in bass, thats for sure.
 

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Btw I bought a vertigo first press UK, without management credits
 

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I think most agree on LP, the original pressings sound better.

If you are open to CD, the 2004. Black Sabbath. Black Box remastered set sounds better to me than any of my LP's and i have many pressings.Contains the first 8 albums which are all worth having IMO. Great dynamics and punchy bass.
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Ron Resnik, this 1000% you wont find better vinyl, they did an outstanding job. First time I heard it I never put the vinyl back on the table,
What did you end up doing?
Highly recommend Masters of Reality.
thanks Ked for bringing up thid relic.
 
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Ron Resnick

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Ron Resnik, this 1000% you wont find better vinyl, they did an outstanding job. First time I heard it I never put the vinyl back on the table,
What did you end up doing?
Highly recommend Masters of Reality.
thanks Ked for bringing up thid relic.

Thank you, but I do not have a CD player.
 

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