Definitive Editions of Ozzy Osbourne's Landmark Solo Albums -- 'Blizzard of Ozz' & 'Diary of A Madman' -- Restored & Remastered From The Original Recordings Set For Release Tuesday, May 31 On Epic Records/Legacy Recordings | The Official Ozzy Osbourne Site

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2011

Definitive Editions of Ozzy Osbourne's Landmark Solo Albums -- 'Blizzard of Ozz' & 'Diary of A Madman' -- Restored & Remastered From The Original Recordings Set For Release Tuesday, May 31 On Epic Records/Legacy Recordings

New Editions of these Hard Rock Masterpieces
Showcase Ozzy's Musical Collaborations With Late Guitar Hero Randy Rhoads

Special 30th Anniversary Deluxe Collector's Box Set Includes
Both Albums On CD & Vinyl
100-page Coffee Table Book
"Thirty Years After The Blizzard" DVD Documentary
Full-Size Detailed Replica of Ozzy's Iconic Cross and More

 

This year’s crazy winter will continue well into the spring with a blizzard as intense as it gets.

On May 31, music fans will have their first 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 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 & 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 & roll history.   

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. 

Blizzard Of Ozz (30th Anniversary Expanded Edition)
1. I Don’t Know (5:13)
2. Crazy Train (4:51)
3. Goodbye To Romance (5:33)
4. Dee (0:49)
5. Suicide Solution (4:17)
6. Mr. Crowley (5:02)
7. No Bone Movies (3:52)
8. Revelation (Mother Earth) (6:08)
9. Steal Away (The Night) (3:28)

BONUS TRACKS
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)

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Diary Of A Madman (Legacy Edition)
DISC 1
1. Over The Mountain (4:31)
2. Flying High Again (4:44)
3. You Can’t Kill Rock And Roll (6:59)
4. Believer (5:15)
5. Little Dolls (5:39)
6. Tonight (5:50)
7. S.A.T.O. (4:07)
8. Diary Of A Madman (6:14)

 

DISC 2 -
Ozzy Live (recorded on the Blizzard of Ozz tour)
1. I Don’t Know
2. Crazy Train
3. Believer
4. Mr. Crowley
5. Flying High Again
6. Revelation (Mother Earth)
7. Steal Away (The Night)
8. Suicide Solution
9. Iron Man
10. Children Of The Grave
11. Paranoid


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.

 

With combined worldwide sales of more than 10 million copies, Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman have been awarded gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications in a variety of countries including Canada, Korea, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Brazil, Venezuela, the United Kingdom, Japan and the United States, where Blizzard of Ozz has been certified RIAA 4x platinum and Diary of a Madman is RIAA triple platinum.

One of the most iconic figures in pop culture, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy winner Ozzy Osbourne has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, approximately 50 million with his seminal metal band Black Sabbath and the rest as a solo artist.

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I'm excited to add these CDs to my new-but-quickly growing Ozzy collection! And the price is absolutely right!

~L~

This is great news. But I'm wondering why the "Live In Southampton" 1980 CD that was pictured in the original photo of the boxset was pulled, along with the following bonus tracks that were originally listed - from Diary: 9.Tonight (Long Version, Previously Unreleased) (6:09) 10.You Can’t Kill Rock And Roll (Long Version, Previously Unreleased) (7:11) 11.Diary Of A Madman (2010 Remix, Previously Unreleased) and from Blizzard: 12. Revelation (Mother Earth) (Previously Unreleased Version) (7:23). Were these removed to be added as bonus tracks for certain retailers or countries, or are they not being included anywhere, or being saved for another release? Also, no 1980 "Live EP" tracks from Southampton, including "You Said It All"? Very happy to see what appears to be the original 7" mix of "You Looking At Me, Looking At You", going by the 4:15 run-time, as opposed to the less bold '84 remix that was 4:10. Hopefully Epic/Legacy and George Marino bucked the loudness war so we'll get the best versions yet of these albums and not more brickwalled sonics. If the 1981 live CD is the King Biscuit Flower Hour show, that will be an awesome disc - what a show that was for Randy (but I'm sure it'll be great even if it isn't KBFH). Video should be great. RR RIP