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4.0 out of 5 stars There's nothing like the originals!
I have to admit that ever since I heard about special 30th Anniversary editions of Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman that were to be released shortly the release of Ozzy's tenth studio album, Scream, I've been anxious to see what would happen with those "special editions". The little note insert in the Scream album advertising Blizzard and Diary special editions...
Published on June 6 2011 by Tommy Sixx Morais
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1.0 out of 5 stars Take a stand -- avoid this version!
Buy the original mix of these early Ozzy albums, not these 2002 remixes/remasters. So the story goes, Sharon was a little ticked when bassist Bob Daisley, and drummer Lee Kerslake, wanted royalties for the songs they wrote. For shame! Casual Oz-fans don't know this, but the diehards do: Daisley and Kerslake (especially Daisley) were major songwriters for this band...
Published on April 22 2010 by LeBrain
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4.0 out of 5 stars There's nothing like the originals!,
These songs sound better than ever, certainly much better than the 2002 re-recorded masters. Ozzy and Sharon did the right thing by reissuing Blizzard and Diary with the original musicians' parts left on, maybe a little late but better than never. I would be wasting time if I were to write about the songs here, "Crazy Train", "Mr. Crowley", "Suicide Solution" and others are rock'n'roll classics and Blizzard is an essential album for RNR/Metal collection.
The 2002 remasters are now only collector's items, in the future people may wonder about those remasters wanting to know why people were so upset with them in the first place (that's the only good thing I can say about owning them, oh and the liner notes were very nice). The Diary remaster gets 5 stars because it includes something extra, the second disc of unreleased live content which is a very welcome addition. My hopes for Blizzard of Oz was that maybe finally the Mr. Crowley live EP would be released in the form of bonus content, it's rare and it would have been neat to finally see have You Had It All on CD for the first time. Blizzard has three extra tracks which is still better than nothing. "You Looking At Me, Looking At You" was previously released on the 2002 remastered album and is great non-album B-Side that probably should've made it on the original album. There's also an alternate version of "Goodbye To Romance" which is very nice. "RR" is a 1:13 instrumental Randy Rhoads solo, a cool extra.
THIS is the remastered version of Blizzard that should have been released in 2002, this edition is excellent, has terrific sound, 3 extra tracks and best of all the original music! As previously stated, I hoped for more extra content (Mr. Crowley live EP specifically) and I thought this special edition was the perfect opportunity to do so. I'm slightly disappointed but I can't say I regret my purchase but I will take away one star because the special edition of Diary of a Madman offers much more than this one with its extra live disc, it makes this one pale a bit in comparison. New liners notes would've also been welcomed but the important is that this reissue was done correctly and does justice to not only Ozzy but Randy Rhoads. 4/5 stars, very recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ozzy and Sharon finally get it right,See my scathing review for details.
You can't mess with a classic (cough cough George Lucas) so I'm pleased to report that Ozz and Sharon have done the right thing, and reissued the original Blizzard of Ozz. It didn't sound right otherwise.
I've always loved Blizzard. My favourite Ozzy record? Yeah, this and Diary for sure. I still remember hearing these songs for the first time on Randy Rhoads Tribute, and thinking that Ozzy truly had an amazing catalogue of classic tunes here. Unfortunately I think the live recordings are superior. Randy's guitar had more bite on them. But you can't go wrong with Blizzard. Every song here -- every tune! -- is a classic! From the obvious classics ("Crazy Train", "I Don't Know", "Mr. Crowley") to the less familiar to the unitiated, this is just an awesome record. Written and produced by the quartet of Ozz, Randy, Lee and Bob, this was exactly what Ozzy needed to release after being sacked by the Sabs -- aggressive with stunning guitar, but a hell of a lot of melody. And while it is indeed a riffy album, it is different by a wide margin from his Sabbath origins. The riffs here, rather than being rooted in power chords on the 7th fret, are nimble and verbose, thanks to Randy Rhoads.
Bonus tracks: "You Looking At Me, Looking At You" is back on this edition, but in its original version. (The bass and drums from the previous remaster were also re-recorded.) This is its CD debut. It is one of the more comercial tunes, and certainly worthy of another look-see. Then there is a new mix of "Goodbye To Romance" which strips the mix down to Ozz's voice and Randy's multi-layered guitars. It is interesting but not essential to the casual fan. It does reveal the strength and expression of Ozzy's young voice, and of course Randy's intricate chordings. Lastly "RR" is a previously unrelease Randy solo, an alternate (mindblowing solo) excised from "I Don't Know". Brief but great bonus track! It is similar to the guitar solo that Randy was playing back in Quiet Riot.
There are a handful of nice photos, but no liner notes. Shame, that.
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Without Sabbath...,
I DON'T KNOW - Still the opening track of Ozzy's sets today. Timeless indroducaton to the new Ozzy
CRAZY TRAIN - Ozzy's coronation as a solo artist. Rhoads at his devestating best, and Ozzy documenting his life with pin-point accuracy - "I'm going off the rails in a crazy train!"
GOODBYE TO ROMANCE - A Farewell and ode to Black Sabbath. Beautifully constructed melodies with fantastic keyboard work
DEE - Rhoads' instrumental to his mother. Offers the audience an alternative side to Randy Rhodes and reminds us of his classical heritage on the guitar
SUICIDE SOLUTION - The infamous track that landed Ozzy a court hearing for alledged subliminal messaging within his records. A foolish young teenager in the states decided to take his own life after hearing ozzy tell him to fetch the gun and "shoot, shoot, shoot" B#ll#cks. The song is in fact dedicated to the late Bon Scott of AC/DC who died tragically at the hands of alcohol. Fantastic riffing once more from Rhoads
MR. CROWLEY - A dedication to Occult figurehead Aleister Crowley. A dark opeing sequence followed by more crushing riff work from Rhoads. Randy's solo work is sublime
NO BONE MOVIES - Rock and Roll at its purist from Ozzy. A number about his addiction to (among others) pornography
REVELATION (MOTHER EARTH) - Sensational. The mecurial highlight of the album. Rhoads is out of this world...A masterpiece that can not be done justice through words. A musical journey that reminds us that while Ozzy can bite a good bat, he can sure as hell write songs
STEAL AWAY (THE NIGHT) - Ends the album on a high. An easy listener from Ozzy with a great riff that follows nicely from Revelation
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1.0 out of 5 stars Take a stand -- avoid this version!,
This review is from: Blizzard Of Ozz (Audio CD)Buy the original mix of these early Ozzy albums, not these 2002 remixes/remasters. So the story goes, Sharon was a little ticked when bassist Bob Daisley, and drummer Lee Kerslake, wanted royalties for the songs they wrote. For shame! Casual Oz-fans don't know this, but the diehards do: Daisley and Kerslake (especially Daisley) were major songwriters for this band. Sharon had then-current Ozzy members Mike Bordin (Faith No More) and Rob Trujillo (Suicidal Tendencies) re-record the bass and drums.
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. And let's face it, there's just something creepy about Sharon having two guys re-record the parts, who were just highschool kids when this album was first made. These guys never met Randy Rhoads. Daisley and Kerslake have been consistently snubbed and put down by the Oz-camp for almost 20 years now. If you care at all about integrity, then you need to buy the original mix, the version that contains performances by the guys who actually wrote the songs and were in the studio when the magic was happening.
As an added insult, Sharon said, "Because of Daisley and Kerslake's abusive and unjust behaviour, Ozzy wanted to remove them from these recordings. We turned a negative into a positive by adding a fresh sound to the original albums." Fresh sound? Isn't that like George Lucas claiming that Star Wars was better when Greedo shot first?
Avoid. Besides, as a collector, it's way more fun tracking down something that's a little more scarce.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Total trash,
This review is from: Blizzard Of Ozz (Audio CD)This just shows how dumb the Osbourne camp really is. They think that they can stick a new part over something and still catch the minute timing qualities of the original. It cannot be done to suit the discriminating ear of fans who have listened to these songs for 24 years. The fans know every single mistake and triumph within the music. This is a pathetic example of cutting off your nose to spite your face. The Osbournes simply didn't want to pay Lee or Bob their fair share. Contracts aside, they are the people along with Randy who created this music. In my opinion; Mr. Osbourne has made a mistake that unfortunately because of his massive wealth, he will not suffer from, and the only victims are the musicians who originally recorded. Maybe there is something deeper in the reasoning behind this pathetic, sloppy, awful, version of this music. Well obviously the points are, save your money, and go to garage sales and second hand record stores to find the original if you must have it. I fortunately borrowed a copy from a friend and didn't buy it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS ONE BIG MISTAKE!!!!!,
This review is from: Blizzard Of Ozz (Audio CD)Before anybody says, 'How could this album only get one star?', let me say, IT ISN'T THE ORIGINAL RECORDING! I think most of the other reviewers agree that re-recording the bass & drum parts was one big mistake! Like the original Star Wars trilogy, the original album is a classic. Why screw with it? And the packaging is very misleading because you don't know you're getting a re-recorded CD until you buy it and open it, and then it's too late. Not that the new bass & drums sound bad, but they are totally unnecessary. The bonus track however, "You Lookin' At Me Lookin' At you" is actually pretty good, but it still doesn't excuse what was done to this once-excellent album. I give the original recording about FOUR stars, but, sorry, Ozzy, this one only gets ONE.
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS is the version to get!,
The plan for the band was to record enough songs to release two albums according to what Ozzy said, but Bob Daisley said that wasn't the case and that their first album Blizzard of Ozz and their second album Diary of a Madman were recorded months from another and from different studios. Whoever is right doesn't matter as Blizzard is an amazing album.
I Don't Know starts the album in a great way, its a great song and gives the listener a preview of what is to come. Then comes what is probably Ozzy's most famous song Crazy Train, a song I've probably heard too much in my life but still as good as the first listen, a serious classic rock song here. Goodbye to Romance follows; it's a slower, more melodic song which can be described as Ozzy's tribute to Black Sabbath and a farewell to the band, touching song. The next song Dee is Randy's tribute to his mother, a short, under one minute instrumental on the acoustic guitar. Suicide Solution is next, a song which would haunt Ozzy later as some people committed suicide on this very song. It is not what people think, it does not promote suicide and is clearly a song about alcohol addiction as it starts "Wine is fine but Whiskey's quicker, suicide is slow with liquor...", despite court cases and all it remains one of Ozzy's true classics.
Mr. Crowley is probably my favorite song here, it starts with terrifying keyboards and that's when Ozzy screams sounding desperate "Mr. Crowley" which became one of his signature. The song was written about alchemist Aleister Crowley who had a fascination with the occult. Ozzy asks many questions "I wanna know what you meant, did you talk to the dead, what went wrong in your head", in some ways it is weird but it all works and is regarded as one of his best songs. No Bone Movies is the song here that sounds closest to Sabbath, and it does have a Sabbath feel to it, another solid song. Revelations (mother earth) is another slower song much like goodbye to romance, another great song. Steal Away (The Night) is my least favourite song on the album, not bad but not great either. You Lookin' at Me Lookin' at You is a bonus unreleased song which makes me wonder why it was not included on the album, the song is really good and catchy it's a nice bonus.
The sad thing is that Ozzy wouldn't pay Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake who played on the album originally; instead he had then band members re-record the parts so he wouldn't have to pay them royalties. They helped Ozzy reach success during the 80s and deserve that money, speaking of which I think Ozzy gets enough that he doesn't need their incomes too. He destroys his reputation with those actions. Maybe after all those years Ozzy doesn't notice the difference but fans do. It won't necessarily bother new fans because they can't tell the difference, but old ones feel Ozzy is cheap for making that decision. Removing some of his past catalog was not a very good choice also, why mess with the past? A good thing about the remasters however is that you get expended liner notes from Ozzy which are worth reading and really interesting.
One of the greatest albums of all time by one of the true legends, Ozzy's "Blizzard of Ozz" is a masterpiece and sees Ozzy and Randy at the top of their games. Ozzy sounds amazing and Randy just wails, he proves here why he was one f the greatest guitarists that ever lived. Ozzy wanted his first album to make an impact and he did just that with Blizzard, his first album still sounds amazing today and still gets lots of airplay on classic rock radios around the world. Blizzard really set the standard for heavy music in the early 80s and is full of classic songs. If anyone wants to get into rock music this is a fine place to get into rock music this is a fine place to do it. A must-own for any rocker.Just be sure to get THIS remaster and not the 2002 version!
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Ozzy...His First Solo Album!!,
Of course, I became fascinated with Ozzy in part because of his contradictory aspects. I fell in love with "Crazy Train" and as soon as I first heard "I Don't Know" a couple of years later, I had to FINALLY go out & get the album. I purchased BLIZZARD OF OZZ (1980) on vinyl---of course---in 1983. I purchased the 1995 remaster on CD just a couple of years ago. As influential an album as this was back then, we really take for granted the fact that, when Ozzy assembled himself on lead vocals, Randy Rhoads on lead guitar, Don Airey on keyboards, Bob Daisley on bass guitar and Lee Kerslake on drums, Ozzy was operating heavily on a wing and a prayer---and on heavily controlled substances. His attempt at a comeback after being dismissed from Black Sabbath for good after their so-so NEVER SAY DIE! (1978) album was almost not to be.
As I and many others have learned in the past few years, thanks to Ozzy's candor on VH1, Ozzy was down & out in 1978 when he met Sharon Arden, the daughter of a record company exec who had given up on Ozzy as a drugged-out has-been. Sharon saw something special in him. Soon, they became romantically involved, then married. She tried to shop BLIZZARD OF OZZ around to everybody, and was soundly rejected over & over again---until a growing division of Columbia, Jet Records, decided to give him a shot. (Of course, it was at the release party for the record that Ozzy got drunk and bit the head off a dove that had been released as a sign of goodwill!) Ozzy waded through his newfound infamy while many people---like me---became awed by his music.
After all, what's not to love about his music? On Black Sabbath's NEVER SAY DIE, Ozzy and his soon-to-be-former bandmates sounded rather disjointed & tired. Just as Sabbath became re-energized by the arrival of Ronnie James Dio (culiminating in their own great 1980 album HEAVEN AND HELL), Ozzy became re-energized as well. Working with great British Metal veterans Daisley & Kerslake, and especially with young up-and-coming Californian guitar virtuoso, Randy Rhoads, Ozzy finally re-found his musical inspiration. Ozzy's sound was now very modern and very American. Even with his penchant for drugs and drink, his high tenor voice was in great form. The great, fast-riffing, heart-pumping opening song "I Don't Know" became an anthem for disaffected youth, and the equally-driving "Crazy Train" became the most popular Heavy Metal song of 1980, directly causing a huge resurgence in the popularity of heavy Metal, which in the wake of Disco in the late '70's had been dismissed as "dead music." Talk about rebirth!!
Thanks to this rebirth, I became a huge fan of the music that ended up informing my high school years. I appreciated the melody that went along with the heaviness of the music. All of Ozzy's songs on this album are melodic, and not all of them are heavy. Witness "Goodbye To Romance," a non-heavy, acoustic ballad that shows Ozzy did have a heart, after all! Randy Rhoads' light, acoustic instrumental "Dee" also shows that metallers are not just about "noise." Then, we have the song which actually took four years to become controversial, the unfairly-maligned "Suicide Solution." Let me tell you something about my experience listening to this song: No, I didn't take drugs, I didn't drink, I didn't worhip Satan and this song certainly didn't make me want to kill myself. Enough said. :)
"Mr. Crowley" has a great keyboard intro courtesy of Don Airey, again showing that guitar isn't the *only* instrument used in Heavy Metal. The last three songs never really made much of an impression on me, but that's probably because I played the other songs hundreds of times each! Maybe one of these days, I will revisit "No Bone Movies," "Revelation (Mother Earth)" and "Steal Away (The Night)." Even just on the basis of the first five classic 80's tunes alone, Ozzy Osbourne fully deserved his comeback all the way, and BLIZZARD OF OZZ became his first of many multi-Platinum albums which all shared incredibly smooth production values, great blazing guitar riffs and melodic singing by Ozzy, who never gave himself enough credit for his unique voice. This is still one of the all-time greatest rock albums of the 1980's.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Blizzard that shook the world!,
After being kicked out of Black Sabbath for disorderly conduct, Ozzy Osbourne set out to find instrumentalists for his new solo band. First off, he hired former Quiet Riot guitarist Randy Rhoad,Don Airey on keyboards, and Tommy Aldridge on drums. With his lineup complete, Ozzy and Co. set out to make the album that would eventually become Blizzard of Ozz. Ironically, being kicked out of Black Sabbath was Ozzy's blessing, as he found much greater success in his solo career, and Black Sabbath made Heaven and Hell with Dio, one of their best albums if not the best.
Released in 1980, this record immediately received rave reviews from critics, impressed at the mastery of Rhoads' guitar playing and Ozzy's soul-searching vocals, and the sheer amount of variation in the songs, from all-out rockers like "Crazy Train" to melodic ballads like "Goodbye to Romance". Although Blizzard of Ozz only got as high as #21 on the Pop Album charts, and "Crazy Train" only charted as high as #9 on the Mainstream Rock charts, This CD's legacy still lives on today with such radio staples as "I Don't Know", "Crazy Train", and "Mr. Crowely".Unfortuneatly, this album was greeted by angry parents because of such songs as "Suicide Solution", and that's what originally hurt sales. With Randy Rhoads legendary Guitarmanship, he equaled and even beat out Eddie Van Halen for the best guitarist, and even though he only made two albums with Ozzy, Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman, his legacy is still as pronounced today as it was in the 80's. So is this CD overrated or is it truly a classic that should be owned by everybody? Truly it is a classic, and read below for song ratings to see why.
I Don't Know-10/10:Starts off the album perfectly, introducing the listener with an insane riff by Rhoads that Ozzy perfectly dishes out his vocals over. The Chorus is great, and at about 2 minutes 30 seconds in, Ozzy dramatically changes the song with a ballad-like quality, but then he quickly switches back to the full-throttle rocking! Good musicianship!
Crazy Train-15/10:Who hasn't heard this? Played at football games around the world, it truly is hard not to hear. Starts off with Rhoads' legendary riff and Ozzy's "Aye Aye" that perfectly starts the song off with a bang. Great chorus, and maybe the best guitarmanship on the whole album.Perfect solo by Rhoads, and it shows why he was one of the best soloists out there.
Goodbye to Romance-10/10:For all you ballad-haters out there, this happens to be one that you might like! With the Soul-searching melody and Ozzy's brooding vocals, this song makes you feel like you want to cry. A great chorus("Goodbye to Romance, Goodbye to friends"), and a solo by Rhoads that fits the tone perfectly. One of the best ballads out there PERIOD!
Dee-8/10:A tribute to Randy Rhoads' mother, it shows a softer side to Rhoads with a heartfelt solo off an acoustic guitar. Gets downgraded because its only 50 seconds long.
Suicide Solution-9/10:Really good lyrics from Ozzy, and this is the song that angered many parents because of its slightly mature lyrics, but really they overdid it. Ozzy's vocals sound sardonically sarcastic, and it really enhances the song's dark tone. Gets downgraded for a lack of a good solo from Rhoads, but he does play a killer riff.
Mr. Crowely-10/10: The Organ solo rocks! The organ solo perfectly develops "Mr. Crowely"'s dark and mysterious tone, and Ozzy's haunting vocals truly make this a song perfect for any horror flick. Great solo from Rhoads, and the solo clocks in at about 40 seconds long.
No Bone Movies-10/10: I don't understand why people say this is a filler song! This is a flat-out tough rocker with Ozzy's sarcastic vocals and an absolutely lovable riff from Rhoads, with a great solo coming in about 1 minutes and 45 seconds in. Aldridge's drumming is also a highlight here,as his drumming sounds more pronounced than on most tracks.
Revelation(Mother Earth)-10/10:A slow ballad that tries to warn people about the end of the world, it's a very soulful song that would fit in any horror movie. Gets harder as it goes along,with a superb solo from Rhoads and great keyboarding.
Steal Away(The Night)-10/10: Another hard rocker that never fails to please, this is probably the fastest song on the album, and Rhoads' riff is pure bliss. Great Chorus and killer solo, as usual.
Overall, Blizzard of Ozz is nearly perfect, with "Dee" being it's only low point, but that's only because it's 50 seconds long. This album perfectly shows us why Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoads' names have lived on for over 20 years, and their legacy on Rock N Roll will never be forgotten. If you are a fan of Rock in General, you should already have this album or be ordering it off Amazon now.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!PERFECT FOR ROCK FANS AND THIS IS THE ALBUM TO BUY IF YOU ARE TRYING TO GET INTO OZZY!EVEN THOUGH THIS ALBUM IS AWESOME, CHECK OUT DIARY OF A MADMAN IF YOU WANT TO SEE A TRULY SUPERB CD! Thanks for Reading!ALSO, GET THIS VERSION INSTEAD OF THE EXTRA TRACKS REMASTER!
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