To mark 30 years since the release of some of Ozzy Osbourne's most famous solo material, 1980's "Blizzard Of Ozz" and 1981's "Diary Of A Madman", BBC's Tim Muffett was invited into Ozzy's home to find out more about the man and the music. Check out the report at this location.
Osbourne's classic first two solo albums, "Blizzard Of Ozz" and "Diary Of A Madman", arrived on Tuesday (May 31) in definitive editions that restore and remaster the original recordings. Both are available separately or as part of a deluxe box set that will feature both albums on CD and vinyl, a 100-page coffee table book, a documentary on DVD and a "full-size detailed replica of Ozzy's iconic cross," according to Ozzy's publicist.
The two albums were recorded soon after Ozzy was booted from BLACK SABBATH and marked his brief but legendary collaboration with late guitar hero Randy Rhoads. Ozzy told The Pulse Of Radio that he thought he had a winning combination on his hands. "You kind of know, but then again you don't know, because I mean, you're treading on new territory," he said. "And being as I had been fired from BLACK SABBATH, there was a lot of rivalry between them and me. I had everything to gain and nothing to lose, you know. "
Both albums come with previously unreleased bonus tracks and have been restored and remastered from the original analog recordings.
The albums restore the bass and drum tracks played respectively by Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake, which were controversially removed for a 2002 reissue by Ozzy's wife and manager Sharon over a royalties dispute.
The "Blizzard Of Ozz" reissue comes with three bonus studio tracks, including an alternate version of "Goodbye To Romance" and a song never released in the U.S. called "You Looking At Me, Looking At You".
The "Diary" reissue comes with a bonus CD of live performances captured on Ozzy's "Blizzard Of Ozz" tour.
The documentary, "30 Years After The Blizzard", chronicles Ozzy's early solo years and features previously unseen footage of him and Rhoads filmed in 1981 and 1982, along with rare archival photos and films, new interviews, and more than 70 minutes of additional live performances and interviews.