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Classic Album Review: Ozzy Osbourne | Blizzard of Ozz / Diary of a Madman / Tribute / No More Tears Legacy Editions

Ozzy's first albums are reissued with bonus cuts — but minus some rhythm tracks.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Originally Released: The heavy-metal dark days between 1981 and 1991.

Back Story: Talk about timing. Thanks to his MTV reality series, Ozzy Osbourne’s hotter than the devil’s armpit in August, which shouldn’t hurt sales of these revamped reissues of his first two solo albums, his 1987 live tribute to late guitar god Randy Rhoads, and his 1991 benchmark No More Tears. They couldn’t have done better if they sold their souls to … Satan?

Highlights: The first album has bona fide hits like I Don’t Know, Crazy Train, Suicide Solution and Mr. Crowley. Plus, most of the discs come with a bonus track or two, a few of which — like You Lookin’ At Me Lookin’ At You — are worthy.

Lowlights: The first two CDs are also famous for what’s not on them: The original bass and drum tracks. Apparently no longer on speaking terms with his old bandmates Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake, Ozzy erased their parts and had his new rhythm section replicate them.

Last Words: Sacrilege? Sure. But what else would you expect from Ozzy?