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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.

No stars.
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on July 14, 2004
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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on June 6, 2003
It's been said before, it will be said again: DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME listening to this re-recorded trash. The original is, in my opinion, a work of the greatest brilliance, full of energy and spirit and perhaps one of the greatest rock albums of all time.
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.
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on November 13, 2003
It's been over a year since I bought this travesty, and time hasn't diminished my outrage over the sonic butchering this once-great record has received. Not only is the bass mixed in way too heavily and the drums too flat and out of time, but Randy Rhoads' guitar work too suffers from the bad remixing job performed on the original tracks. In the process of mixing out the original (and superior) bass tracks, many of Randy's guitar fills (parts dubbed under the lead guitar track, especially during solos and other parts to round out the sound), are either missing or abruptly cut off. Open chords, like those found near the start of "Crazy Train", come to abrupt stops, where before they would fade into the harmony between the bass line and the lead guitar line. As such, there is no sonic connection between the guitar and bass, resulting in a spare sound where the two instruments seem to compete instead of compliment. So much for preserving Randy Rhoads' legacy. The difference between this "remastering" and the original recording is like night and day to anyone who isn't tone-deaf to begin with. Avoid this release at all costs, and find youself a good used copy of the 1995 reissue, which preserved the craftsmanship of the talented artists who created this classic album.
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on March 8, 2004
Ozzy Osbourne should be ashamed of this release -- editing out the original drum and bass tracks and having them re-recorded. This is therefore an entirely different album than the one released over 20 years ago. And the reason for Ozzy's changes don't even have to do with quality -- instead, they're because of petty personal differences with Lee Kerslake and Bob Daisley, the original musicians.
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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on October 6, 2003
[This review will cover ALL the flaws of this new remaster series.]
Ozzy Osbourne's solo debut album, Blizzard Of Ozz, has been referred to as a quintessential metal classic my a number of rock and roll fans. And in 2002, the record company announced plans to rerelease the entire Ozzy catalogue with BONUS TRACKS! Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it?
If you said yes, you're correct.
THE 2002 REISSUES OF BLIZZARD OF OZZ AND DIARY OF A MADMAN FEATURE RERECORDED DRUMS AND BASS. IF THIS WASN'T BAD ENOUGH, THESE PARTS WERE MIXED TERRIBLY! THIS ISN'T EVEN MENTIONED ON THE PACKAGE! The reason for the rerecordings is as follows - Ozzy was getting sued by two ex-bandmates, so he rerecorded their parts so he wouldn't have to pay up! So Ozzy has defiled his two finest solo albums, and ordered production of the original versions to be ceased. That means the readily available editions of the albums are the ruined ones.
The sins don't stop there! Bark At The Moon has been horribly remixed as well! Some songs have had parts deleted, and some parts, oddly enough, sound WORSE THAN EVER! What was Ozzy smoking when he decided to remix these classics?
The Ozzman's sins continue. THE ENTIRE OZZY CATALOGUE WAS NOT REISSUED! Speak Of The Devil, his first live solo album, has been deleted since he "doesn't like it"! Ozzy even dislikes Shot In The Dark now, so ANY RELEASE that had that on it has been DELETED. That means The Ultimate Sin, Just Say Ozzy and Live And Loud won't get reissued. The Ozzman Cometh WAS reissued, but they deleted it from the tracklist, and replaced all the Blizzard and Diary tracks with the rerecorded ones!
And last, but certainly not least, this series is a wasted opportunity. Every reissue from No Rest For The Wicked on is JUST FINE in terms of sound quality, and they even have bonus tracks. But unfortunately, they don't fill the discs to the brim with them, meaning many Ozzy songs remain unavailable on CDs. Among these are his cover of Purple Haze, which is a regular masterpiece.
As if this wasn't bad enough, this reissue series was accompanied by the release of Live At Budokan, a new Ozzy live album. Sounds good, right? WRONG! The album is PURE GARBAGE!
FINAL VERDICT: DO NOT BUY THE REISSUES OF THE FOLLOWING ALBUMS: Blizzard Of Ozz, Diary Of A Madman, Bark At The Moon, and The Ozzman Cometh. Also don't buy Live At Budokan. If you decide to buy one of the albums just listed, make sure it's the 1995 version (which features shrunken cover art with a border and OZZY written down the right side in huge letters. To say this series of so-caleed remasters is disgraceful is an understatement.
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on June 23, 2003
I have always loved the 1995 remastered edition of Blizzard of Ozz, and when this, the 2002 remaster came out I bought it quickly, expecting virtually the same if not better than the 1995 version (also what with the bonus track and all), but as soon as I put it in the CD player it didn't sound right at all. Then I looked in the info about it in the booklet and it said that the original drums and bass guitar had been cut out and replaced with new recordings by Ozzy's current bass player and drummer, Robert Trujillo and Mike Bordin. Now don't get me wrong, I have great respect for both of them, but they do not do the songs anywhere remotly near the justice they deserved when they were originally recorded by Bob Daisly and Lee Kerslake. If you are looking to buy Blizzard of Ozz, DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES BUY THIS ALBUM, GET THE 1995 REMASTER (the one with the small album cover in the middle with the blue background and OZZY written down the right-hand side in big yellow letters)
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on May 29, 2004
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.
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on May 19, 2003
I'm sure you've heard it already. Get the 1995 blue version. On this one, the original bass and drum tracks have been erased and re-recorded with different people. It shocks me that a musician of his stature and fame could do something so utterly disgusting.
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on April 21, 2004
All you need to know is that they took original bassist Bob Daisley and original drummer Lee Kerslake off of this version of the album and substituted two of Ozzy's most recent members for the remix. Same with "Diary of a Madman." Why? Because Daisley and Kerslake co-wrote the albums and would get royalties if they didn't.
The original versions of these albums are must haves for any good rock and roll collection, classics that helped set the tone for a whole decade. That the Osbournes would bite the hand that gave Ozzy back his credibility is evidence to their idiocy and greed. DON'T BUY THIS VERSION!!!!!
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