Woohoo!!! Ozzy’s classic Blizzard of Oz and Diary of a Madman albums are being reissued with lots of bonus material, including never before seen Randy Rhoads-era live footage and unreleased tracks – and in case you’re wondering, the reissues include Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake on bass and drums, rather than the reissues from a few years ago where Bob and Lee were replaced with then-current Ozzy band members Rob Trujillo and Mike Bordin. It’s now 30 years since Blizzard was released and redefined Ozzy’s career. Where would we be without Crazy Train or Mr Crowley? Or Flying High Again or Over The Mountain?
On May 20th, music fans will have their first taste of reissues from rock icon OZZY OSBOURNE’s catalog of work with the releases of two albums which form the cornerstone of Ozzy Osbourne’s career as a solo artist: “Blizzard of Ozz” and “Diary of a Madman” (Epic Records/Legacy Recordings). Long revered by rock fans around the world, these two albums created a template for hard rock in the 1980s and beyond as they were marked by the ground-breaking and historic union of Ozzy and the late guitar hero Randy Rhoads. These definitive versions of 1980’s “Blizzard of Ozz” (with previously unreleased bonus tracks) and 1981’s “Diary of a Madman” are available individually on vinyl or CD, or together in a deluxe collector’s box. All versions were restored and remastered from the original analog sources by George Marino.
The 30th-anniversary edition of “Blizzard of Ozz” CD includes the original album in its entirety, restored and remastered for this edition, with bonus tracks, while the new legacy edition of “Diary of a Madman” includes the original album in its entirety, restored and remastered for this edition, with a bonus second CD of previously unreleased live performances featuring Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoads with rhythm section Rudy Sarzo (bass) and Tommy Aldridge (drums). A single-disc version of the remastered “Diary of a Madman” will also be available.
For serious fans and collectors, the limited edition 30th-anniversary deluxe boxed set houses the restored and remastered vinyl and CD editions of “Blizzard of Ozz” and “Diary of a Madman”, the “Ozzy Live” compact disc. Beyond the music, the box set is highlighted by a variety of exclusives including an expansive 100-page coffee table book, a two-sided wall-size poster, a precise and detailed full-size replica of Ozzy’s iconic gold cross that he has worn for 30 years, and “Thirty Years After The Blizzard” DVD.
This new “Thirty Years After The Blizzard” DVD chronicles Ozzy’s years with Randy Rhoads features previously unseen footage of Ozzy and Randy filmed in 1981 and 1982; it incorporates rare archival photos and films; along with new and revelatory interviews with Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Lemmy (MOTÖRHEAD), Steve Vai, Nikki Sixx, Rob Halford, Zakk Wylde, Bill Ward and more. The DVD also contains over 70 minutes of additional rare live performances and interviews; included is the premiere of more than 30 minutes of newly-discovered never-bootlegged footage of Ozzy and Randy from the “Blizzard of Ozz” tour shot from the front of the stage at New York’s fabled Palladium on May 2, 1981. This new feature is a must-see for aficionados of Ozzy’s epic release “Blizzard of Ozz” and its pivotal effect on rock and roll history.
“Blizzard Of Ozz” (30th Anniversary Expanded Edition)
01. I Don’t Know (5:13)
02. Crazy Train (4:51)
03. Goodbye To Romance (5:33)
04. Dee (0:49)
05. Suicide Solution (4:17)
06. Mr. Crowley (5:02)
07. No Bone Movies (3:52)
08. Revelation (Mother Earth) (6:08)
09. Steal Away (The Night) (3:28)
10. You Looking At Me, Looking At You (Non-LP B-Side, Previously Unreleased in the U.S.) (4:15)
11. Goodbye To Romance (2010 Guitar & Vocal Mix, Previously Unreleased) (5:42)
12. RR (Previously Unreleased – Randy Rhoads guitar solo) (1:13)
“Diary Of A Madman” (Legacy Edition)
01. Over The Mountain (4:31)
02. Flying High Again (4:44)
03. You Can’t Kill Rock And Roll (6:59)
04. Believer (5:15)
05. Little Dolls (5:39)
06. Tonight (5:50)
07. S.A.T.O. (4:07)
08. Diary Of A Madman (6:14)
Ozzy Live (recorded on the “Blizzard of Ozz” tour)
01. I Don’t Know
02. Crazy Train
04. Mr. Crowley
05. Flying High Again
06. Revelation (Mother Earth)
07. Steal Away (The Night)
08. Suicide Solution
09. Iron Man
10. Children Of The Grave
“Diary of a Madman”/”Blizzard of Ozz” 30th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set
Box Set Includes:
* “Blizzard Of Ozz” (30th Anniversary Expanded Edition)
* “Diary Of A Madman” (Legacy Edition)
* “Blizzard Of Ozz” (180-gram LP — original album only)
* “Diary Of A Madman” (180-gram LP — original album only)
DVD — contains “Thirty Years After The Blizzard” documentary — and additional rare and unreleased performances and interviews.CLICK HERE to buy the Jackson Custom Randy Rhoads Tribute Relic from Music123.