BLACK SABBATH's 'Paranoid' available in Quadraphonic sound for first time in nearly 50 years
Unavailable in quadraphonic audio for nearly 50 years, four iconic titles have been digitized from the original analog four-track Quad mixes — Alice Cooper‘s “Billion Dollar Babies”, BLACK SABBATH‘s “Paranoid”, THE J. GEILS BAND‘s “Nightmares… And Other Tales From The Vinyl Jungle” and JEFFERSON STARSHIP‘s “Red Octopus”.
Quadraphonic sound, or 4.0 surround sound, utilizes four audio channels connected to four speakers positioned at the corners of a listening space. The multi-tracked audio is mixed dimensional, immersing the listener in an expansive soundscape.
The collection of Quadio releases is being made available on June 23 as Blu-ray discs exclusively at Rhino.com. Each title is $24.98, with a bundle of all four albums retailing at $79.98.
Says BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi: Paranoid is now available in immersive true discreet quadraphonic sound for the first time in nearly 50 years! Transferred from the original half-inch four-channel masters, each Blu-ray features 192/24 resolution quad and hi-res stereo mixes. Get it here: Rhino.lnk.to/ParanoidBluRay
Paranoid is now available in immersive true discreet quadraphonic sound for the first time in nearly 50 years! Transferred from the original half-inch four-channel masters, each Blu-ray features 192/24 resolution quad and hi-res stereo mixes. Get it here: https://t.co/yZqyHo9omV pic.twitter.com/wVdYMgZ40o— Tony Iommi (@tonyiommi) June 27, 2023
Steve Woolard, director of A&R for the Quadio series, stated: “I can’t wait for these to come out! Following in the footsteps of the CHICAGO and DOOBIE BROTHERS‘ Quadio sets, these are transferred from the original half-inch four-channel masters at 192/24 resolution and sound amazing. Considering they’ve been in the vault for 50 years, the tapes were in pristine condition and needed no tweaks or fixes. They sound as fresh, rich, and powerful as the day they were created. And, of course, there’s also a 192/24 stereo program from the two-track master as well. Just because.”
BLACK SABBATH‘s “Paranoid” peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 and was certified four times platinum. It features the classics “Iron Man”, “War Pigs” and the title track.
Rhino‘s Quadio series will continue to dig deep into Warner’s archives to reintroduce the greatest hits from rock, blues, R&B and more in their highly anticipated quadraphonic sound. Audiophiles can expect more amazing quadraphonic experiences from Rhino in the future.