When Ozzy Osbourne started his solo career, he needed to find musicians that would help him craft a new sound. He found the perfect match in guitarist Randy Rhoads. They only worked together for a few years before a tragic accident took Randy’s life, but what he and Ozzy accomplished in that short time – two records and many live shows – is a testament to a real musical connection.
‘Ozzy Osbourne: Looking Back’ – a 30th Anniversary Special celebrates the re-releases of “Blizzard of Ozz” and “Diary of a Madman” featuring highlights from Ozzy and Randy’s time together and interviews with Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Bill Ward, Rob Halford, Steve Vai, Nikki Sixx, Rudy Sarzo, and many others.
Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman are landmark albums that took metal in a new direction in the early 1980’s, inspiring whole new generations of rock bands and fans. “Crazy Train,” the first single from Blizzard of Ozz, has become one of Ozzy’s musical signatures, a perennial on the rock playlists and as part of Ozzy’s live performances.
As of May 31, music fans can get a taste of re-issues 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 1980’s 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 the 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).
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