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“Blizzard Of Ozz” (blasphemy edition) by Ozzy Osbourne

Artist: Ozzy Osbourne
Title: “Blizzard Of Ozz” (blasphemy edition)
Label: Epic Records
Release Date: 4/2/2002
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 1/5

Ozzy Osbourne’s “Blizzard Of Ozz” was originally released in 1981 in the USA and I remember the day that I got my hands on the original vinyl because it was such an incredible release and an album that would show that the singer’s best years were NOT behind him as many had thought. When this finally came out on CD I snared a copy and really enjoyed back in 1995 when a better quality edition came out as a “22 Bit Remaster” with a comprehensive booklet. The downside was that there was no bonus content but such things were not as commonplace as they are now and with this being the case I had to wonder as the new decade began where was the true remastered edition with bonus material, expanded notes and the whole nine? Then in 2002 this happened…..
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“Diary Of A Madman” (blasphemy edition) by Ozzy Osbourne

Artist: Ozzy Osbourne
Title: “Diary Of A Madman” (blasphemy edition)
Label: Epic Records
Release Date: 4/2/2002
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 1/5

I mentioned in my overview for the “remaster” of Ozzy Osbourne’s classic “Blizzard Of Ozz” how based on litigation with Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake that the management of the Osbourne side had delivered the remaster of the classic recording with the bass and drums done by Rob Trujillo and Mike Bordin in their place. Unfathomable right? Well it happened and since these two musicians were also on the sophomore album of “Diary Of A Madman” the same process was done to this release. Why not hit the Metal fans with an additional dose of horrendous lightning. The end result takes an otherwise exciting piece of music and makes a mockery of it all by doing this and the reason for my review being amped up with vitriol and venom is purely to let the world know that this is not okay to do no matter what the rationale is. Ozzy would have been better served at re-recording the whole piece as a new release with his band at the time but such things were not done as often as they were today.
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