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Osbourne, Ozzy - 1981 Diary Of A Madman

ARTIST: Osbourne, Ozzy
ALBUM: Diary Of A Madman
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: Reissue list..


LINEUP: Ozzy Osbourne - vocals * Randy Rhoads - guitars

Other Musicians: Bob Daisley - bass * Lee Kerskale - drums (both uncredited)

TRACK LISTING: 01 Over The Mountain * 02 Flying High Again * 03 You Can't Kill Rock And Roll * 04 Believer * 05 Little Dolls * 06 Tonight * 07 S.A.T.O * 08 Diary Of A Madman


Here's another album that is part of the backfiller program happening here at GDM. Its' the second Ozzy Osbourne LP 'Diary Of A Madman' which was a very popular album during that year. It was also the last recording to feature wonder guitarist Randy Rhoads, who was killed in early 1982 in a plane accident. 'Dairy Of A Madman' only contained nine tracks, but the material is some of the best from that early Ozzy period. Osbourne had departed Black Sabbath under acrimonious circumstances in 1979, and so conceived his own solo band, with 'Blizzard Of Ozz' (his debut) released on his father in law's record label: Jet Records in 1980.

The Songs
A few tracks here just hits the spot for me, even many years later. 'Flying High Again' is an Ozzy classic, the raging guitar work from Rhoads is sensational. So too, the epic like 'You Can't Kill Rock N Roll', with its slow acoustic build up. 'Tonight' is a song in a similar vein, quite melodic and mid-tempo without too much aggression. The opener 'Over The Mountain' contains riffs aplenty, and could be considered the 'I Don't Know' equivalent from this album. 'Believer' has some pumping bass lines and I guess that is to be expected because it was co-written by Bob Daisley.

In Summary
If you've read the history of 'Dairy Of A Madman', you'll be aware of all the hassles surrounding it. Daisley and Kerslake contributed significantly to the album, but were cut out of the band by new manager Sharon Arden. In later years, this would result in a successful lawsuit by both Daisley and Kerslake. Rudi Sarzo and Tommy Aldridge would be the replacements, and hang around for a few years at least, before jumping ship to another British band: Whitesnake. [word count 294]

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#1 | Eric on January 31 2016 22:02:34
I think Ozzy stands with the Shrapnel label and disco king Cerrone for the dumbest album covers -ever.
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