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Black Sabbath: “Iron Man”

The Hook: Guitarist Tony Iommi recalls that they recorded their first couple of albums so fast that it’s hard to recall specifics about the making of a classic cut like “Iron Man.”

Album: Paranoid

Year: 1971

Writers:
Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward

Stats: Peaked at number-52 on the Billboard Hot 100

Background: Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi says that their self-titled first album was completed in a single day, and the second, Paranoid, took just four days in the studio. So it’s not surprising that his memories of recording “Iron Man” are barely distinguishable from those of laying down the song “Paranoid.”

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi recalls that they made their first couple of albums so fast that recording “Iron Man” barely stood out from recording “Paranoid.” OC:…like thrilled. :18

“It was on the same session, you know. We done it very quick. All the Paranoid album was nothing memorable, as far as doing each track. What I did remember was we were so pleased when we done that album. We really enjoyed that album, as we did the first one. And, of course, it went in England straight to number-one, so for us we were, like, thrilled.”