On one hand, I hate to do back-to-back Sabbath so close to TIMJ wrapping up. On the other hand, I love doing back-to-back Sabbath, because they're awesome.
Anyway, the "Paranoid" album turns 45 today. I remember, five years ago, thinking that I was getting old because one of my favourite albums had just turned 40. Then it occurred to me that Paranoid came out like 14 years before I was born, and I stopped feeling quite so old. Today, on the other hand, as I'm spotting a few grey hairs in my beard, I'm again confronting mortality while listening to Black Sabbath's anthemic, under-three-minute masterpiece, the title track from the album in question.
All four members of the band really kick ass on this track (though, honestly, they always did on every track). I also really dig that Sabbath could throw down a short, pounding thumper like Paranoid and longer, heavier grooves like Hand of Doom or War Pigs on the same album.
I could go on about this all day... but anyway, here's Paranoid.