The reissues of OZZY OSBOURNE‘s classic first two solo albums, 1980’s “Blizzard Of Ozz” and 1981’s “Diary Of A Madman”, sold around 6,000 copies each in the United States in their first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. They arrived on May 31 in definitive editions that restore and remaster the original recordings. Both were made available separately or as part of a deluxe box set that features both albums on CD and vinyl, a 100-page coffee table book, a documentary on DVD and a “full-size detailed replica of Ozzy‘s iconic cross.”
The two albums were recorded soon after Ozzy was booted from BLACK SABBATH and marked his brief but legendary collaboration with late guitar hero Randy Rhoads. Ozzy told The Pulse Of Radio that he thought he had a winning combination on his hands. “You kind of know, but then again you don’t know, because I mean, you’re treading on new territory,” he said. “And being as I had been fired from BLACK SABBATH, there was a lot of rivalry between them and me. I had everything to gain and nothing to lose, you know.”
Both albums come with previously unreleased bonus tracks and have been restored and remastered from the original analog recordings.
The albums restore the bass and drum tracks played respectively by Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake, which were controversially removed for a 2002 reissue by Ozzy‘s wife and manager Sharon over a royalties dispute.
The “Blizzard Of Ozz” reissue comes with three bonus studio tracks, including an alternate version of “Goodbye To Romance” and a song never released in the U.S. called “You Looking At Me, Looking At You”.
The “Diary” reissue comes with a bonus CD of live performances captured on Ozzy’s “Blizzard Of Ozz” tour.
The documentary, “30 Years After The Blizzard”, chronicles Ozzy‘s early solo years and features previously unseen footage of him and Rhoads filmed in 1981 and 1982, along with rare archival photos and films, new interviews, and more than 70 minutes of additional live performances and interviews.
“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.