Diary of a Madman (Legacy Edition) Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
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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).
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 Osbourne's first solo album, Blizzard of Ozz, 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. The 2002 remastered reissue includes the bonus B-side, "Flying High Again" single, a live version of "I Don't Know." Following a spat between band members, the parts played originally by bassist Bob Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake have been recorded over.I>--Jon Wiederhorn --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
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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 Diary of a Madman. It didn't sound right otherwise.
Diary and Blizzard are my favourite two Ozzy albums, with Diary getting the edge for being less overplayed and a tad on the heavier side. Riffmongers will fall to their knees upon hearing the monstrous "Over The Mountain". "You Can't Kill Rock And Roll" displays some of Randy's most impressive fretwork alongside a melody that simply kills. "Tonight" is possible my favourite song, a beautiful dramatic ballad-like piece anchored by Daisley's catchy bass work. You can't go wrong with the adrenaline pounding "S.A.T.O.". And the closing title track looms ominously over the end of a life cut tragically short.
As far as bonus material goes, that's the meat & potatos to this edition of Diary. A live concert featuring the lineup of Osbourne/Rhoads/Sarzo/Alridge. Remember when Randy Rhoads Tribute came out, and Ozzy claimed in the liner notes that they were the "only recordings" of he and Randy live? I knew he was lying!Read more ›
Things get off to a fine start with "Over The Mountain." As with "I Don't Know" from his 1980 solo debut BLIZZARD OF OZZ, Ozzy sure knows how to start his albums off in blistering form, with Randy Rhoads employing similarly fast riffing to great effect. Things get even better with the spirited "Flying High Again," with begins with a rather slow guitar crunch and bass/drumbeat and, as a result, sounds very different from most songs of the Rhoads era.Read more ›
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 live bonus track. 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 Diary of a Madman.
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 ›
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After finding guitar virtuoso Randy Rhoads, Ozzy and his band released his classic solo debut album, Blizzard Of Ozz. The album contained many favorites and would become a classic. Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2011 by T. Skylar
This is a great album, which gets a lot of play around my house! The bad reviews seem to have to do with the remastering with Rob Trujilo & Mike Bordin (who are outstanding... Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2010 by AJ
why is it that more and more artists are going back and changing their work 20 years after the first time release? here we have ozzy(and control freak sharron! Read morePublished on April 8 2006 by David R. Robert
I must say I'm a die hard Ozzy fan and I've always wondered how the drums would sound beefed up. Now I wasn't thinking record over the drums and bass parts, but keep the originals... Read morePublished on Dec 27 2005 by DarthGerardius
Oh the good old days.You know back when Ozzy Osbourne was the coolest thing since sliced bread.Every song on here is a classic and dont let the critics fool you the ballads are not... Read morePublished on July 4 2004 by J. Parmelee
You actually still can buy the real version of this album on this site if you look hard enough.This version however is strictly for the die hard Ozzy fan who wants 2... Read morePublished on July 4 2004 by J. Parmelee
Im extremely ticked off at Ozzy and Sharon.If they gave half a damn about their fans they would rerelease these albums in their original glory with the original musicians. Read morePublished on June 13 2004
Seriously.... This is a cheap re-issue without Bob Daisley & Lee Kerslake. Even worse, Daisley wrote almost all of the lyrics on Blizzard and Diary. Read morePublished on June 9 2004 by Curtis