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Diary of a Madman (Legacy Edition) Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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  • Audio CD (May 31 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Epic/Legacy
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars 78 customer reviews
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Disc: 1
1. Over The Mountain
2. Flying High Again
3. You Can’t Kill Rock And Roll
4. Believer
5. Little Dolls
6. Tonight
7. S.A.T.O.
8. Diary Of A Madman
Disc: 2
1. I Don’t Know
2. Crazy Train
3. Believer
4. Mr. Crowley
5. Flying High Again
6. Revelation (Mother Earth)
7. Steal Away (The Night)
8. Suicide Solution
9. Iron Man
10. Children Of The Grave
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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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By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 18 2011
Format: Audio CD
When Ozzy and Sharon first reissued this album (and Blizzard) with bonus tracks back 'round the turn of the millenium, it was a travesty. Y'see folks, Sharon's a great manager, there is no doubt out that. But she also holds legendary grudges. So when original band members Lee Kerslake and Bob Daisley had the audacity to sue the Osbournes for unpaid royalties, they responded by erasing their bass and drum parts on the last reissue, and having them replaced by Rob Trujillo and Mike Bordin. 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 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!
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In 1980, the deposed original lead singer of Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, made an absolutely brilliant career comeback with BLIZZARD OF OZZ, which went multi-platinum with its hard-hitting, well-produced sound featuring the lightning-fast riffage of young, up-and-coming guitarist Randy Rhoads. Hailing from California, and the original lead guitarist of the hard-working (but at the time, hardly known) Quiet Riot, Rhoads brought a very upbeat American sound to an otherwise all-British-veteran musical cast, and was an instant hit with the young crowd. Rounding out Ozzy's backing band were the well-respected Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake on bass and drums, respectively. After a completely sold-out smash tour, Ozzy made his first in a long line of lineup shakeups, replacing Daisley & Kerslake with Rudy Sarzo (not coincidentally, another Quiet Riot veteran) and Tommy Aldridge. Randy Rhoads was back in great form, branching out more so on this album; as a result, most songs don't start out like a "Crazy Train" clone. This album is more polished than the previous, and contains more of the wonderfully atmospheric keyboards by fifth member Don Airey. Ozzy's songwriting hits on familiar themes relating to individualism and what his eyes have seen.
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.
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By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 22 2010
Format: 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 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.
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