7530 Iron Man
Produced by Rodger Bain
Released on January 1972
US CHART POSITION #52 (charted Jan. 29, 1972 for 10 weeks)
Find it at GEMM
7530 wo. picture sleeve
[high resolution scan]
 

K RONOMYTH 2.11: THE SLEEPING GIANT AWAKENS. Run, run, run! The colossal Iron Man approaches, promising an Electric Funeral for all left in its wake. This terrifying pair slept for over a year, only to awaken and eclipse the Master of Reality as the new single from Black Sabbath. Maybe the world wasn’t ready for Sweet Leaf, the logical envoy. Although you could trace Sabbath’s hallucinatory blues-rock back to bands like Steppenwolf, no one built taller, scarier monsters from those sounds than Doctors Osborne, Iommi, Butler and Ward. The opening moments of “Iron Man,” from a simple bass drum to the inhuman announcement of “I am Iron Man” and wailing shrieks of guitar, took a pair of iron balls that few bands had. Geezer Butler’s bass guitar, bonded in dual attack with guitar (Iron Man) and drums (Electric Funeral), also paved the way for future metallurgists. Although VH1 has never done metal fans any favors, they did rank “Iron Man” the #1 metal song of all time (Paranoid came in at #34) in 2006. And for those of you who scroll down a little further, yes they really did spell Tony Iommi's last name as "Ioomi" on both sides of this single in the songwriting credits. Idioots.

TRACK LISTING

  1. IRON MAN    (Ioomi/Osbourne/Butler/Ward)    3:33
  2. ELECTRIC FUNERAL    (Ioomi/Osbourne/Butler/Ward)    4:50

    Old Gold/Warner Bros. 7-inch single reissue
  3. PARANOID
  4. IRON MAN

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US January 1972 Warner Bros. 7" 7530  
US   Warner Bros. 7" GWB-0312  
UK March 1990 Old Gold 7" OG-9467  

 

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