The second album of Ozzy Osbourne's solo career, Diary of a Madman was his last to feature the talents of guitarist Randy Rhodes, who died in a plane crash soon after the disc's release. While it's not as furious as his first solo album Blizzard of Oz, it still captures Ozzy's maniacal glory. Highlights include "Over the Mountain" and the kinetic "Flying High Again," which benefit as much from Rhodes's blistering musicianship as from Ozzy's heavy, melodic songwriting. Some of the disc is burdened with overly sappy passages and obligatory ballads, but overall, Diary of a Madman is required listening for the well-heeled metalhead. --Jon Wiederhorn
Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this classic album from the Metal legend. 2011 marks the 30th anniversary of Ozzy's second solo release, Diary Of A Madman. This landmark album took metal in a new direction in the early 1980's, inspiring new generations of rock bands and fans. Restored and remastered from the original tapes for this definitive edition, this hard rock masterpiece showcases Ozzy's musical collaboration with late guitar hero Randy Rhoads. Disc Two features a previously unreleased bonus disc Ozzy Live. This live CD showcases the power and intensity of an Ozzy Osbourne performance with legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads at his side and the solid rhythm section of Tommy Aldridge (drums) and Rudy Sarzo (bass).