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What is the Best Ozzy Osbourne Album of All Time?

Blizzard of Ozz (1980)
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Diary of a Madman (1981)
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Bark at the Moon (1983)
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The Ultimate Sin (1986)
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Tribute (1987)
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No Rest for the Wicked (1988)
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No More Tears (1991)
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Ozzmosis (1995)
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Down to Earth (2001)
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Under Cover (2005)
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Black Rain (2007)
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Scream (2010)
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Re: Ozzy Osbourne - Discography
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2011, 08:34:36 am »
What is the Best Ozzy Osbourne Album of All Time?

Circa 1981


Circa 1989


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Re: Ozzy Osbourne - Discography
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2011, 08:44:09 am »
Ozzy Osbourne (Blizzard Of Ozz) 1980




Blizzard Of Ozz is the debut album of Ozzy Osbourne fresh off from his stint with Black Sabbath. It's also the debut of Guitar God Randy Rhoads who left then, little known Quiet Riot to join up with Ozzy and company. Rounding out the album is Bob Daisley on Bass and on Drums is Lee Kerslake. For the tour, Rudy Sarzo (Quite Riot) would take over on Bass and Tommy Aldridge on Drums.

Blizzard is loaded with instant classics from top to bottom from I Don't Know to Crazy Train to Goodbye To Romance to Mr. Crowley to Revelation (Mother Earth). And Randy gets to shine on the acoustic gem Dee, which is a tribute to his Mother Delores. Also on Blizzard is the very controversial Suicide Solution, which has been blamed for the suicide of a 14 year kid who shot himself after listening to Ozzy records.

It's strange, but I wasn't so much a fan of Ozzy, as I was of Randy. I worshiped him when Blizzard and Diary Of A Madman came out. I think I worshiped Randy more than I did Eddie Van Halen at the time. There are so many great riffs on this record courtesy of Randy. This is one of the earliest albums that I literally tore apart learning as much as I could on the guitar. I have to point out that now days, I prefer the live version of Crazy Train found on the Tribute album. One listen to that and you will hear why Randy was such a great performer live and that it just makes the studio version pale in comparison.

I absolutely recommend this to anyone that has never picked it up. But be wary, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne pulled a fast one on unsuspecting fans for the 2002 reissue wherein they replaced the Bass and Drum parts with then bandmates Robert Trujillo (Metallica) and Mike Bordin (Faith No More). Did they really think that fans wouldn't object to this? Not cool at all.  Ozzy has said that he had nothing to do with removing the parts. I tend to believe him because Sharon is the puppet master and most likely the one lay all the blame on.

Fave Songs: All of 'em. Co-MVP goes to...Crazy Train and Mr. Crowley. Album cover is classic. Somebody actually put some thought into the making of this one. I can't say the same for his next 2 album covers though.

Final note: It's mind boggling that this album is not on Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time. Not only does it belong on the list, I personally have it in the Top 20 of all time. This is just further proof that Rolling Stone is clueless about all things music.
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Re: Ozzy Osbourne - Discography
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2011, 08:49:19 am »
Ozzy Osbourne (Diary Of A Madman) 1981





Diary Of A Madman is a fantastic follow up to Blizzard. Even though Rudy Sarzo and Tommy Aldridge were in the touring band at the time, they did not play on the album, even though they are credited as so. It's still the same lineup for Blizzard performing on here. This is also the last album with Randy Rhoads before his life was cut short to a freak plane crash while on tour. He accomplished so much, leaving a lasting legacy with both albums. Amazing guitar player and musician.

As before, both the Bass and Drum parts were removed and replaced with Robert Trujillo (Metallica) and Mike Bordin (Faith No More) for the 2002 reissues.

I highly recommend picking up Diary Of A Madman. It's an amazing record. If you do decide to actually give this one a shot, keep in mind that they are re-releasing both Diary and Blizzard as a 2 disc Deluxe 30th Anniversary Editions with demos, rarities and previously unreleased live material sometime in 2011.  The good news is that the Deluxe Editions has the original masters, with both Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake's Bass and Drum parts reinserted.

Fave Songs: Over The Mountain, Flying High Again, You Can't Kil Rock And Roll, Tonight , S.A.T.O. and Diary Of A Madman. Co-MVP goes to Diary Of A Madman, Flying High Again and Tonight. The outro guitar solo in Tonight is one of my all time faves ever. The harmonic squeals are goosebumps inducing.

The album cover is not one that I'm too fond of. It's too cartoonish to my liking. Yes, it's classic in the sense that it's identifiable as an Ozzy album. Clearly he is having fun and it's showing his sense of humor. But I seriously doubt that if he were to make this album today, they would not go in this direction for the cover.
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Re: Ozzy Osbourne - Discography
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2011, 08:56:06 am »
Ozzy Osbourne (Bark At The Moon) 1983



This is NOT a review

Yep. It's true. I don't have Bark At The Moon. I know some of the songs from here, but I never got the album back when it dropped and I have never bothered picking it up in Secondhand stores, even though I see the CD's in the bargin bins all the time.

Only thing I know about this one is that it's Jake E. Lee's first album with Ozzy since the passing of Randy Rhoads. But he wasn't the first to succeed him. That honor goes to Brad Gillis (Night Ranger) who took on guitar duties during the same tour that took the life of Randy.

Another very interestintg story that I've heard for years is that Jake wasn't even Ozzy's first choice for Bark At The Moon. He actually had 2 choices, Jake and George Lynch (Dokken). He chose George initially and then later decided to go with Jake. The rest is history. I've always wondered how differently things would have been had George stayed with Ozzy .....We will never know.

Rounding out the band was Bob Daisley on Bass, Tommy Aldridge on Drums and Don Airey on Keyboards.

First time my Mom ever heard the song So Tired, she was like "that's Ozzy?" She liked the song and gave me her approval to listen to him whereas before she was against it because of the satanic connotations of Ozzy's personae.

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Re: Ozzy Osbourne - Discography
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2011, 09:46:14 am »
Ozzy Osbourne (The Ultimate Sin) 1986





The Ultimate Sin, originally titled Killer Of Giants, is the last album to feature Jake E. Lee on guitars. On Bass is Phil Soussan and on Drums is the mighty Randy Castillo, with Mike Moran on keyboards.

I picked this album up for one reason and one reason only: Shot In The Dark. It was the best f*cking song I had heard in a long time when it hit. The main riff and the little bridge before the solo was so damn cool with the slides. The entire song just kicked ass and I found a new guitar god to worship in Jake. I was aware of him with Bark At The Moon, but because I never picked it up, I was still in the dark about him as a player.

The album as a whole is definitely in the mold of Glam Metal, very pop-centric and in line with other Hair bands of the day (KISS, Motley Crue, Poison, Ratt, etc...). The production/mix I think fails in large part because of Producer Ron Nevison. It's no secret how much I hate the guy and what he did on KISS (Crazy Nights) 1987, which I consider to be one of the worst KISS records ever.

I have to clarify that I don't hate the songs on The Ultimate Sin. And the guitar playing by Jake is nothing short of f*cking awesome. My bone of contention is in the production, sound wise. So, do I recommend this one? It's hard to say. If you want rip roaring solos and tasty riffs, then hell f*cking yeah pick it up. But a Pop-Ozzy may be a bit much and the mix is something you will have to consider in the long run. The man himself has disowned the album all together, to the point of actually removing it from his catalog. So, take from that what you will.

Jakes ferocious guitar playing gives this a much higher rating than it should get with Nevison's horrid production.

Fave songs: The Ultimate Sin, Lightning Strikes and Shot In The Dark.

FYI, that's Dweezil Zappa in the Shot In The Dark video for those that have never seen the video before. And if you don't know who Dweezil is, then I suggest you turn in your music credentials at the door on the way out. The album cover ftw!!  I've always loved the artwork for this one.

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Re: Ozzy Osbourne - Discography
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2011, 09:59:06 am »
Ozzy Osborune/Randy Rhoads (Tribute) 1987




Gatefold Interior



Inner Sleeve - Side A and B



Inner Sleeve - Side C and D




Tribute is a Live, double album featuring Randy Rhoads. Normally I wouldn't add Live albums to a Poll that's asking what the Greatest Album of All Time is, as it's usually for studio releases. But Tribute absolutely belongs in the Poll for 3 reasons. 1) Randy Rhoads. That alone is enough to get it onto the list of Greatest Of All Time. 2) It's the best Live album ever. 3) This album is the reason why Jake E. Lee quit Ozzy's band.

The first 2 are self explanatory. Now, about the Jake-quitting-the-band-over-this-album story. It really depends on who is telling the story. For years it's always been quoted as fact. But I can't really say with certainty if it's actually why he quit. But the story I keep hearing over and over is that immediately after The Ultimate Sin tour wrapped, Ozzy and company were set to start their follow up album, only for Ozzy to get sidetracked with putting together Tribute, in honor of his best friend Randy Rhoads.

Ozzy became so consumed with doing it right ,that pretty much everything else was put on hold. Jake apparently didn't like this and got increasingly frustrated with trying to work with Ozzy on their own material, eventually just throwing in the towel and walking away. It's unfortunate that he chose to leave, because this was the pinnacle of Jake's career.

As for Tribute the Live concert, it's just an amazing performance by everyone involved, including Rudy Sarzo on Bass and Tommy Aldridge on Drums. Like any concert release before and after, it's not "complete". This album isn't from 1 show, but taken from 3 different shows. Personally I could care less if it were from 20. It's just f*cking awesome.

And rounding out the album is a studio outtake of Randy working on his soon to be classic song Dee. For me this was the first time I had ever heard the man speak. So to hear him making suggestions about the song was pretty cool for me to hear.

Steal Away is for you drummers out there. Tommy's drum solo is f*cking wicked cool. The double bass work is unparalleled. Fancy feet indeed.  But the highlite for me is the extended guitar solo from Randy on Suicide Solution. Unf*ckingbelievable.

I mentioned before that to me the best version of Crazy Train is found on here. One listen to this one and it's very hard to go back to the original studio version and something that still holds true for me to this day.

Fave Songs: All of 'em. Co-MVP goes to.....Crazy Train and Suicide Solution. Duh.

The album cover f*cking kicks ass!! The back cover kicks ass! The Gatefold kicks ass! The inner sleeves kick ass! And if you try to take this particular vinyl off my hands, be certain I will kick your f*cking ass!!

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Re: Ozzy Osbourne - Discography
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2011, 10:10:25 am »
Ozzy Osbourne (No Rest For The Wicked) 1988





No Rest For The Wicked is the debut of Ozzy's longest tenured axe slinger Zakk Wylde. Returning on skins is Randy Castillo and long time Ozzy collaborator, Bob Daisley on Bass. Rounding out the album is John Sinclair on Keyboards. Geezer Bulter (Black Sabbath) would take over Bass on the accompanying tour as well as making appearances in the videos.

I like Zakk and this album, but it's not perfect. I think the problem I have at times with No Rest For The Wicked is that a few songs are interchangable because of how Zakk plays. By that, I mean he has a certain style of playing that resorts to certains licks and riffs over and over. Add that to a couple of songs that aren't strong to begin with, gives it a lower rating. If you have already listened to Zakk's playing style previously, you will know what I'm talking about. I think as great as songs like Miracle Man and Crazy Babies are, Zakk really gets to shine on the "slower" songs like Fire In The Sky and Hero because it forces him to change his approach to playing.

As for Ozzy, his voice sounds amazing here. He definitely needed to step up his game after going "pop" with The Ultimate Sin. The production of the album is also a huge step up with it's aggressive and crunchy sound.

The 2002 Remastered Edition comes with 2 bonus tracks: The Liar and Miracle Man (Live)

Fave Songs: Miracle Man, Crazy Babies, Breaking All The Rules, Fire In The Sky and Hero. MVP goes to Fire In The Sky

Album cover is cool.

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Re: Ozzy Osbourne - Discography
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2011, 10:29:04 am »
Ozzy Osbourne (No More Tears) 1991





Ozzy has peaks and valleys just like anyone in the business. But he seems to consistently come up with masterpieces at will. First there was Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman. Then there was Tribute. And now here, he gives us another masterpiece.

No More Tears is just that...a masterpiece. To me this is the last great album that Ozzy put together. It's perfect from start to finish and the tracklist is spot-on. It mirrors his career of peaks and valleys taking you on a musical journey throughout. Ozzy has never sounded better. His voice is strong and full of gutso. Zakk Wylde's playing is blistering and full of tasty riffs that you can build a house on. Bob Daisley returns on Bass as well as Randy Castillo on Drums.

It's a weird thing about the making of this album. Even though Bob played on the album, Mike Inez was technically a member of Ozzy's band as the Bass player. And on top of that, he wrote, hands down, the greatest f*cking Bassline ever for the song No More Tears. Am I wrong? Hell to the f*cking no. I rank it right up there alongside that of Under Pressure and Eyes Without A Face. So, even though Mike wrote his signature riff, the entire album is all Bob on Bass. Crazy.

This album has so many great songs that it's really more like a Greatest Hits record than anything else. All the songs are tight and sound great. This is definitely Ozzy's best sounding album from a writing and production standpoint. I can easily put this along side that of Blizzard, Diary and Tribute.

Fave Songs: Every last f*cking one of them. Picking a MVP is just absolutely pointless and an exercise in futility if you ask me. Can't just choose one...or two...or three.....I can try though. Mr. Tinkertrain. Mama, I'm Coming Home. No More Tears. S.I.N. Hellraiser. Road To Nowhere. ****, this is hard.

That's what she said.

Album cover is just so cool. Simple, yet effective in setting a mellow mood that's nowhere indicative of what's inside on the disc. Misdirection. Nice. That's what I was expecting when I picked it up and got something else all together.

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Re: Ozzy Osbourne - Discography
« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2011, 11:25:40 am »
Ozzy Osbourne (Ozzmosis) 1995





Ozzmosis. Ugh. I'm not really a fan of this one at all in spite of what other fans say. Only Ozzy and Zakk return from their last album. On board for Bass duties is the one and only Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) and Deen Castronovo on Drums. On Keyboards is Rick Wakeman (Yes). Yes, THAT Rick Wakeman (pun soooooo not intended).

There's really only a few songs that are worthy of my time and yours. The best of course being See You On The Other Side. This song has all the trademarks of vintage Ozzy. Everything you can ask for is here. Perry Mason is a fantastic song to open the album up with. And I just Want You is another great song. Rounding out the best is Old LA Tonight. After that, the pickings are pretty slim. Most of the songs just feel incomplete for one reason or another. Also, the production seems lifeless and cold here. And I think the mix for the bulk of the album is pretty bad as well.

The 2002 Reissue comes with 2 additional bonus tracks for Whole World's Fallin' Down and Aimee.

Fave Songs: Perry Mason, I Just Want You, See You On The Other Side and Old LA Tonight.

Album cover is meh. Don't like it. Never have.

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Re: Ozzy Osbourne - Discography
« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2011, 01:42:33 pm »
Ozzy Osbourne (Down To Earth) 2001




Down To Earth sees yet another all new line up. This time with Ozzy and Zakk returning, Robert Trujillo (Metallica) takes over on Bass and Mike Bordin (Faith No More) takes over on Drums.

I think this is only slightly better than that of Ozzmosis due in large part because it's heavier than that of the Ozzmosis. But it's still a step down from his best stuff. Overall, Down To Earth is poorly mixed and lacking in the songwriting department and I think the tracklist should have had a different order. And You Know...(Part 1) should have been dropped all together as it's pointless. The majority of the production does tend to sound muddy at times with the bass and guitars stepping on each other's toes. And Ozzy's voice at times gets buried too far in the mix to the point where he sounds non-existent. This one may have the same rating as The Ultimate Sin, but I would say that Sin is better than Down To Earth and I would definitely recommend Sin over this one.

I originally picked this album up specifically for Dreamer. But now, I can't really even listen to that song anymore. It's...ugh. I don't know what it is. I just haven't enjoyed the song at all for the past few years. With all the flaws on this album, it does have a few good songs that I find myself listening to over and over.

Fave Songs: Gets Me Through, That I Never Had and Running Out Of Time

I absolutely hate the Album Cover.

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Re: Ozzy Osbourne - Discography
« Reply #11 on: October 08, 2011, 01:46:56 pm »
Ozzy Osbourne (Under Cover) 2005



This is NOT a review


Under Cover is a tribute album full of cover versions ranging from John Lennon to The Beatles to The Rolling Stones and a handful of others. I don't have this and really don't care to either, so, I can't give a proper review. I will let Mac take this one as I know he has it. What I do know is that any album with Kelly Osbourne on it has failure written all over it.

Mac, take it away..........

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Re: Ozzy Osbourne - Discography
« Reply #12 on: October 08, 2011, 01:55:10 pm »
Ozzy Osbourne (Black Rain) 2007



This is NOT a review

Black Rain. Don't have it. Never heard anything from it except the videos.


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Re: Ozzy Osbourne - Discography
« Reply #13 on: October 08, 2011, 02:03:10 pm »
Ozzy Osbourne (Scream) 2010



This is NOT a reveiw

Scream. Don't have it. But from the videos, it does look and sound interesting enough that if I come across it in a bargain bin I just may pick this one up. Really not sure what to make of the album cover. Meh.

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Re: Ozzy Osbourne - Discography
« Reply #14 on: October 08, 2011, 02:27:12 pm »
Ozzy Osbourne (The Ozzman Cometh) 1997




The Ozzman Cometh is a Greatest Hits set. This is probably one of the weakest GH sets ever, for any artist. There are so many omissions here that you are better off just buying his biggest albums instead, or going with Prince of Darkness, a 4 Disc Box Set, which I don't have btw, so I can't review that one specifically. All in due time, my friends.

As for this one, there are 2 different pressings. The Original 2 disc set (which I have) comes with Shot In The Dark on Disc 1 and on Disc 2 is an Ozzy Interview that takes place in 1988. The second pressing comes as a 1 Disc set with the 2002 Remixed version (you know, the ones that suck) as well as replacing Shot In The Dark with Miracle Man. So, if you intend to buy this GH set anyways, go with the least sucky one: #1. The set comes with 1 Unreleased track from Ozzmosis: Back To Earth.
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