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I was really excited for this, but this set ended up really lacking compared to what was originally promised. Also the brick-walled compressed remastering has no dynamics and there are quality control issues. There's a few nice things, but you'll pay quite a lot just for them.
What was promised that was removed from the set at the last minute (there are photos out there that leaked showing these):
You Can't Kill Rock m Roll-unfaded
Live pro-audio show from Southampton with original lineup recorded 10/2/80
What was promised that just simply never made it:
The Blizzard of Ozz studio rehearsal tapes .
Audio that isn't here that should have been:
Mr. Crowley live EP tracks including You Said It All
No Bone Movies - original mix intended for B-side
You, Looking at Me Looking at You - original UK 7" mix (no cowbell, and similar mixing to the first 3 Blizzard LP tracks; much better than the mix here)
Video that isn't here that should have been:
ET soundcheck footage from 1982 which featured amazing sound and closeup video. Apparently 4 full songs were videotaped, but none are here.
Two On The Town soundcheck footage is also absent.
A poster of Ozzy on both sides. Randy or the entire Blizzard of Ozz should have been on at least 1 side.
There's unreleased 8mm footage from 4/81. None of the songs are complete, there's no spotlight solo, and there's not a lot of views of Randy. The trailer for the set of course shows the single best snippet of Randy to make it seem like it's chock full of glimpses like that. Still, it's great to see unseen footage of Randy.
Also included is the best quality video of After Hours that I've seen. Also, there's some very brief fan shot video from '82. It's shot from Rudy's side, but at least it's something not seen before.
While it has some great photos, Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake have been cropped out and airbrushed out of all the photos. It leaves the book feeling very incomplete and lacking of the atmosphere the 4 musicians created together.
It's also too thin to be called a coffee table book. The total amount of pages are only as thick as the front and back covers combined.
Poor remastering, despite putting the original bass and drums back. See my full Amazon reviews of the CD's and live disc below:
Blizzard Of Ozz (Expanded Edition) (Audio CD)
43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Great album, but disappointing 2011 remastering/glitches
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This should have been a 5-star review. I've been waiting for this remaster of this classic for a long time. However, the new 2011 remastering is really disappointing and there are 2 major audio glitches. Still, there are a couple nice bonuses.
There is a very noticeable glitch at :47 in "Dee" that ruins the transition from that song into Suicide Solution. The audio warbles loudly twice as the last chord rings. I noticed other people have complained about this, and sure enough, it is on my CD as well, so it is likely on every pressed copy especially since I have this remaster from both the box set and the single disc from Amazon and they are identical with their problems. Did anyone even listen to the master/reference CD before pressing it? This defect is not on any prior version and is not even in the Blizzard documentary when Ozzy is listening to the end of Dee on the master tape.
There is another problem in "Steal Away". It starts out a bit muted, then at 0:03 all of a sudden it sounds like a pillow is lifted off your speakers.
Like others have said in their reviews here, it is too compressed and the 1995 remaster actually sounds better (jusr compare the middle instrumental section of Revelation of this CD and the '95 remaster and you'll see). When the levels on a CD are pushed too loud as they are here, it makes the CD sound very harsh and ruins the dynamics of the music. The soft parts are louder and the louder parts are softer. The instruments sound blended together, and not in a good way. My playback system is average, so you don't need expensive equipment to notice this.
Even the panning of the effects at the beginning of Crazy Train don't pan as smoothly as on the '95.
Note - the mix of "You Looking at Me, Looking At You" on this 2011 remaster is different from the mix that was on the 1980 B-side of Crazy Train. The CD mix is the same as what was on the Japan-only releases from 1984 and 1985 that had rare tracks. The original B-side mix was better as it had a great guitar tone like in Crazy Train and there wasn't a cowbell in the chorus. This track is still a treat as long as you've never compared it to the other mix.
"Goodbye to Romance" vocal/guitar mix is a 2010 remix where they just removed Bob Daisley's and Lee Kerslake's bass and drums, but it is nice to hear more of Randy's playing underneath it all, and it doesn't fade out as Randy ends it with some nice strummed harmonics.
"RR" is a brief, but great solo by the incredible Randy Rhoads. A must for any Randy fan or guitar player.
What happened to obvious bonus tracks like the Mr. Crowley live EP, including the non-LP track "You Said It All"? Likely, because there is still bad blood between the Osbournes and Bob Daisley/Lee Kerslake, these tracks were left off as well as the rest of the concert from 1980 that initially was announced as a bonus CD with this one. There isn't even a single photo of Bob or Lee in the CD booklet. There is still a war going on.
This is an essential album, but stick to the 1995 remaster for the album tracks (the one with the blue border around it and "OZZY" in big letters on the front and catalog # EK 67235 - make sure to verify the catalog # before buying it used as some sellers use stock photos and mix up versions), get the mp3 of "RR" and "Goodbye to Romance (guitar/vocal)" (unless you must have the CD anyway, like me) and hound Ozzy to put out the B-side mix of "You Looking at Me, Looking at You" on CD along with the Mr. Crowley Live EP.
3 Stars (5 huge stars for the music, but - 1 star for the harsh remastering, and - 1 star for the unacceptable glitches, especially the one in "Dee").
If you want to check out more about how loud mastering adversely affects the sound on CD's (Metallica's Death Magnetic anyone?), or you think this Blizzard '11 remaster sounds better than the '95, just type Loudness War into YouTube or Google and you'll see how loud CD's ruin the sonics and dynamics of the music on it.
Note to record companies like Sony: if you want to sell more CD's, more people will buy them if you just make them sound better, which you can do since the mastering is completely in your control. Poor sound = less sales.
Diary Of A Madman (Legacy Edition) (Audio CD)
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Great album, but disappointing 2011 remastering
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This should have been a 5-star review. I've been waiting for this remaster of this classic for years. However, the new 2011 remastering is really disappointing, just like on Blizzard. At least the bonus disc is a pleasant surprise for Randy Rhoads fans.
The Diary disc too compressed and that, unfortunately, kills the dynamics of the music. The soft parts are louder and the louder parts are softer. Just listen to the drum hits during the "Over the Mountain" solo at 2:51 or one of the dramatic parts of "Diary Of A Madman" at 4:15 and you'll hear there is no impact of the instruments. The choir and huge churning guitar riff at 5:24 on the title track don't make the big entrance they once did. The peaks are gone and crushed down in volume. The drums, crashes, choir and guitars all blend together at the same volume as the previous passage. Things don't jump out in parts that used to. When the levels on a CD are pushed too loud as they are here, it makes the CD sound harsh and ruins the dynamics of the music. My playback system is average, so you don't need expensive equipment to notice this.
What happened to the bonus tracks that they dropped? The leaked artwork of the original disc and track listing included the long versions of "Tonight" and "You Can't Kill Rock and Roll". Likely it's because there is still bad blood between the Osbournes and Bob Daisley/Lee Kerslake that these tracks were left off. They even left Bob and Lee off the performance credits, once again.
This is an essential album, but stick to the 1995 remaster for the album tracks (the one with the green border around it and "OZZY" in big letters on the front and catalog # EK 67236 - make sure to verify the catalog # before buying it used as some sellers use stock photos and mix up versions). While the 1995 remaster wasn't that great, at least it has more dynamics. Some people still prefer the old original Jet label CD (although the dropout in "Flying High Again" at 1:41 is annoying on that one).
Get this edition, however, if you are a Randy fan for the bonus live disc. The version of "Flying High Again" is from the King Biscuit broadcast (along with some of Ozzy's pre-song banter), but the rest of the disc is unheard and features some great guitar fills not on King Biscuit or Tribute. The set is from 1981 (probably Aug '81), except the guitar solo is spliced in from the cancelled live 1980 disc, likely because the '81 solo would have been too similar to what's already on Tribute. I don't like splicing, but the '80 solo is great. The mix is much better than Tribute, although ProTools and Sound Replacer were obviously used on the drums for a more modern sound. Still, I think it's a great disc.
3 Stars (5 huge stars for the music and the live disc, even though this live disc replaced the cancelled 1980 Southampton live disc that was originally to be an extra disc on Blizzard instead, but minus 2 stars for the terribly compressed remastering and dropping the bonus tracks last minute).
By the way, some of the lyrics are still wrong in the CD booklet (it's "Legends and curses" not "Demons and curses" in "Little Dolls"). Bob Daisley wrote most of the lyrics, so check out his website for the proper lyrics to Ozzy songs, including B-sides.
If you want to check out more about how loud mastering adversely affects the sound on CD's (Metallica's Death Magnetic anyone?), or you think this Diary '11 remaster didn't lose its dynamics, just type Loudness War into YouTube or Google and you'll see how loud CD's ruin the sonics and dynamics of the music on it.
Note to record companies like Sony: if you want to sell more CD's (or the emerging Blu-ray audio), more people will buy them if you just make them sound better, which you can do since the mastering is completely in your control. Poor sound = less sales.
These are here whether you wanted the vinyl or not. There are no credits on the backs of the album covers, just the photos. Quite odd and incomplete. The gatefold sleeves don't have any photos or credits inside, just a design. The glitch "Dee" is present here too.
There are cut-out inserts in the gatefolds of the LP's for the 4 discs. Not the best way to keep the discs. There aren't even CD covers, booklets or inserts. You only get those with the CD's if you buy them seperately.
The box itself:
Very study. The polka dots around the edge were a nice touch.
The quality control:
Beyond the audio glitches, the box had a piece of the front foil photo peeling off. Both of the album covers were busted along the edges. Both LP's had scuffs.
Overall, you are paying quite a lot for what you get and there are more disappointments than surprises.
I LOVE OZZY'S STAFF! I LIKE THIS NEW OZZY'S BOX but i don't have this because of finances. On this day I have 4 first Black Sabbath albums and two first Ozzy's cd.. Someday I would have all Ozzy's music on oryginal vinyls and cd's! I was one time on Ozzy's show.. One year ago in Gdańsk (POLAND) Ergo Arena. Ozzy is THE FU#^IN BEST!!
ohh yeah.. one ward.. GOD BLESS OZZY OSBOURNE!!!
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I just bought the Diary of a Madman Legacy Edition yesterday at a local Best Buy & I've gotta say: both discs are incredible! The 'live' CD is even better than the 'Tribute' recording from the 80's. One day, I would love to see a 'live recording' from the Diary tour w/Randy on it: I would buy that in a heartbeat! Btw, I took my son to see Ozzy here in St. Louis back in January of this year: in the words of a 12 year-old, the 'best concert I've ever seen' (albeit it was his 3rd concert ever: he's seen Rush & Iron Maiden w/me too)...the setlist that night was awesome! I always look forward to new music from Ozzy as well: hope he produces another great CD w/his current bandmates soon.
I`m shure the box set is awesome,I love Ozzy`s earlier years and "Mr.Crowley is my favorite song. But life goes on and Ozzy`s new stuff is great to. I`ve never been to an Ozzfest, I would love to, but I`m dissabled and well never make it because of finances.In the mean time I well continue to listen to Ozzy and the old Sabbath stuff.For those of you who are spiritual, the Cross is where God defeated Satan. And Christ is the answer, so keep on Rocking and Rolling. God Bless you all!
Many thanks to Ozzy and Sharon for releasing this box set featuring Randy Rhoads on guitar. I love the complete set but the footage leaves me wanting more! The next thing the fans need is a complete pro shot video of a Blizzard Show and a Pro shot video of a complete Diary tour show featuring Randy on guitar. Throwing in a Diary live audio show would be cool too! Don't let us wait another thirty years to get this.
Getting this for my b day Gift cant wait to seee all the old footage and have the two cds in hard copy just in case my computer crashes
I am really disappointed by this over-priced release.
First, it's overpriced. Basically they force us to pay $150.00 US for the DVD (which will probably be released later to capitalize on even more profits [at the expense of Daisley and Kerslake]).
The newly released footage is great, overpriced but great!
Second, Sharon does her best to keep Daisley and Kerslake chopped out of the pictures. Take a look at Daisley's website http://www.bobdaisley.com. The Blizzard of Ozz pictures on his site rock and would have made the book so much better!!! It was a band that created these two classic albums, greed has gotten in the way of recognizing that fact.
Three, there is not much bonus material at all. The live concert is great but you get it with the remastered “Diary.” So in essence you get one tune as bonus material (the solo and vocal/guitar arrangement cannot be considered complete tunes). From what I understand, Bob Daisley has all kinds of recordings from the “Blizzard/Diary” sessions. If he and Kerslake would have been consulted (and paid, I hope) the release could have been 5-star.
In summary, let your friend by the box set and watch his/her DVD (even the documentary does not feature 2 of the 4 key players [minus Rhoads of course]). Disappointing for such an awaited release…
this is sweet just got it and i am literaly listening to it while writing this comment. i am on you cant kill rock and roll on the diary of a madman disc. AS IVE SAID BEFORE A LOT OF LIVE OZZY ALBUMS THIS JUST ADDS ON. BUT ICANT COMPLAIN BECAUSE ITS ROCK N ROLL AND DIARY OF A MADMAN IS IN MY OPINION OZZYS BEST ALBUM.
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