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Blizzard of Ozz Original recording remastered
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Blizzard of Ozz, the first solo effort by the former lead singer of Black Sabbath, became a classic, due in large part to Osbourne's partnership with the late Randy Rhoads. The most immediately recognizable song is "Crazy Train," whose distinctive riff has made it a staple of rock radio. "Mr. Crowley" and "Suicide Solution" generated considerable controversy, which is equivalent to good press when it comes to heavy metal. Other strong tracks include "Revelation (Mother Earth)" and the opening song, "I Don't Know." This 2001 reissue includes the bonus tracks "You Lookin' at Me Looking You." While even heavy-metal listeners haven't always taken Osbourne seriously, his influence on the genre has been considerable. Blizzard of Ozz demonstrates why Ozzy commands lasting respect. --Genevieve Williams
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Sharon's pettiness has gone as far as purposely mis-spelling names of musicians she has disputes with. Witness "Bob Daisy" (Daisley) and "Phil Susan" (Soussan) appearing on Ozzy reissues. Pathetic, Sharon.
The original versions and the 1995 remasters do contain the original bass and drum parts. They are not hard to find. They are not even hard to find at good prices. They are also easy to spot. The original issue CDs on Sony have a white spine with red text. The 1995 remasters have a little tiny picture of the cover within a coloured square that says OZZY. Both sound fine and are superior to the 2002 remix.
Take a stand. Don't buy this. There's no reason to. Yeah, there's the bonus track, "You Lookin' At Me Lookin' At You". It is a great song, as good as the album itself, but rather than buy this, just pick up a copy of the original 12" single. They too are not hard to find. If you buy this CD, you don't own the real Blizzard of Ozz.
Some people will say, "Oh come on, this album doesn't sound bad, it sounds fine to me." Sure, casual Oz-fans might not notice the difference because they don't know how it's supposed to sound. You can tell the difference. It doesn't sound right.Read more ›
Too bad it's been discontinued and replaced by this garbage. The re-recorded bass and drums sound awful, thick, ridiculous. Blizzard and Diary of a Madman have been ruined, and all that is left of their memory is the 1995 remaster. Hope somebody gets the clue and brings it back. This is no longer music. Removing Daisley and Kerslake from the CD is an offence to the fans, the art, and the ears. It's kind of like if Black Sabbath went back and changed all of Ozzy's vocals for Ronnie James Dio's. Why?!?!?
Ozzy, your music was the best. Please give it back.
Some background: After firing Kerslake and Daisley in 1981 because they were too fat and thus looked like pirates (I'm not making that up), Ozzy Osbourne ended up in a royalties dispute with them. After settling with the record company in the mid '80s, Kerslake and Daisley sued Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne in 1998. So the Osbournes responded by deleting Kerslake and Daisley from the first two Ozzy Osbourne solo albums -- just to spite them. Way to put the fans first!! Therefore, even if the performances were better on the new version (which is not the case), this album should be rejected on principle.
What's particularly ashame is how desperate the original is for a remaster; it sounds tinny and empty compared with newer CD recordings. Still, I'd recommend buying a used copy of that release instead. Ozzy Osbourne does not deserve a royalty for what he's done, and a used one will be cheaper for you, anyway.
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When Ozzy got kicked out of Black Sabbath in early 1979 after more than a decade in one of the best and most famous rock n'roll bands he was in shock. Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2009 by T. Skylar
This album is great.I like this album so much because Randy Rhoads was probably the best guitar player ever.This album also includes a bonus track which is great. Read morePublished on March 31 2005
This albums kick i dont care if its recasted, it sounds better anyway. Its also got a super sweet bonus track, you lookin at me lookin at you. Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2004 by Ozz Rocks
I was expecting the origional recording when I purchased the Blizzard of Ozz. It had the original art work on the cover. Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by Jon Montgomery
The great performance and feel of the performance is gone! Lee Kerslake's and Bob Daisley's (two of the original players on the album)performance has been substituted by god knows... Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by Jose L. Passalacqua
This is the worst thing Ive ever heard.Who does Ozzy think he is recording the bass and drum tracks?Thats really unfair. Read morePublished on June 22 2004
NOTE: THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE 1995 REMASTER OF BLIZZARD OF OZZ, WHICH HAS OZZY OSBOURNE RUNNING DOWN THE SIDE. Read morePublished on June 6 2004 by Will Culp
Before anybody says, 'How could this album only get one star?', let me say, IT ISN'T THE ORIGINAL RECORDING! Read morePublished on May 29 2004 by Rob Michaels
Even though the Ozzman would not perfect his sound until Bark at The Moon, Ozzy's first solo effort was one of the most groundbreaking metal albums of the era. Read morePublished on May 19 2004 by HeadbangerDuh