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Essential Ozzy Osbourne Limited Edition, Original recording remastered

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29 highlights from Ozzy's solo career, stretching from the albums Blizzard of Ozz to Down to Earth , and featuring Bark at the Moon; No More Tears; Perry Mason; Mama, I'm Coming Home ; the live favorite I Don't Want to Change the World; Over the Mountain; Flying High; Crazy Train; Paranoid (live); Mr. Crowley , and more.

Disc: 1
1. Crazy Train
2. Mr. Crowley
3. I Don't Know (Live)
4. Suicide Solution
5. Goodbye To Romance
6. Over The Mountain
7. Flying High Again
8. Diary Of A Madman
9. Paranoid (Live)
10. Bark At The Moon
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Mama, I'm Coming Home
2. Desire
3. No More Tears
4. Time After Time
5. Road To Nowhere
6. I Don't Want To Change The World (Live)
7. Perry Mason
8. I Just Want You
9. Thunder Underground
10. See You On The Other Side
See all 13 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 11, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000084U3P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,903 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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89 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Brenner on April 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
1) Songs representing the first two albums (Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman) have RE-RECORDED bass and drum tracks. THEY ARE NOT THE ORIGINAL SONGS. The original bass and drum tracks were replaced for the most recent re-masters.
2) The album "THE ULTIMATE SIN" IS NOT REPRESENTED AT ALL. This means you have an entire album from Ozzy's classic solo period that is ignored. Tracks that could have been put on here: The Ultimate Sin, Lightning Strikes, Shot In The Dark and Killer of Giants. Killer of Giants might very well be the best post-Sabbath song Ozzy has done; it certainly ranks up there with the best of them.
That means that 7 of the existing tracks on "Essential Ozzy" are worthless in the canon of Ozzy's career. It also means that 3 or 4 tracks are missing entirely from this compilation. 5 if you count Close My Eyes Forever, the duet with Lita Ford as mentioned by a reviewer before, Ozzy's only appearance in the Top 10 with a single.
That's a grand total of 12 tracks that make "The Essential Ozzy" not essential at all. If I were to go into personal preferences, I could easily add or subtract four or five more (like the tribute version of Suicide Solution with Randy Rhoads' guitar solo instead of the studio version, for instance). Don't waste your money on this.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Ken Berglund on February 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Ok, I guess it's now a well known fact that Ozzy hates "The Ultimate Sin" album, but why try to act like it doesn't exist? Not only is there not any songs from that album on this cd, it's not even mentioned in the essay or the discography! This cd is called "The ESSENTIAL Ozzy Osbourne". Wasn't "Shot in the Dark" one of Ozzy's biggest hits? Regardless of how Ozzy feels about it, isn't that an all time fan favorite, and shouldn't it have been included here? Absolutely positively YES. However, I'm still giving the cd 4 stars for what IS on here. For the most part, the song selection is dead on. I always thought "Ozzmosis" was a very underrated album, but it's prominently featured here with 4 tracks. And they managed to pick the best songs from the rather weak "Down to Earth" album. Also, just to let the die hard fans know, the tracks from "Blizzard of Oz" and "Diary of a Mountain" are the newly remixed versions, not the originals. Personally, with a few exceptions, I can barely tell the difference, but I'm sure this will upset the purists. Overall, a great package for someone who doesn't want to shell out for all the original (and often uneven) albums.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R. Gorham on January 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
THE BAND: Ozzy Osbourne's (vocals, harmonica) solo career started in 1980 and has had several line-up changes since... the main players being Randy Rhodes (guitar), Jake E. Lee (guitar), Zakk Wylde (guitar), Bob Daisley (bass), Rudy Sarzo (bass), Phil Soussan (bass), Geezer Butler (bass), Robert Trujillo (bass), Don Airey (keyboards), Rick Wakeman (keyboards), Lee Kerslake (drums), Randy Castillo (drums), Deen Castronovo (drums), Mike Bordin (drums), Tommy Aldridge (drums).

THE DISC(S): (2003) In chronological order - 29 tracks on 2 discs clocking in at just over 147 minutes (disc-1 at 78:00 minutes, disc-2 at 69:24). Included with the discs is a 4-page front & back foldout containing a 2-page intro, all solo album cover artwork, Ozzy photos, song titles/credits/times, and what songs came from which albums. Digitally remastered sound. Label - Sony / Epic.

ALBUM REPRESENTATION: Blizzard Of Ozz (4 songs), Diary Of A Madman (3), Bark At The Moon (3), Tribute (2), No Rest For The Wicked (4), No More Tears (5), Live & Loud (1), Ozzmosis (4), Down To Earth (3).

COMMENTS: "Essential" is overall an extensive collection of Ozzy tunes, though it's not without weak spots (as most compilations are). The tracks here range from "Blizzard Of Ozz" (1980) through "Down To Earth" (2001). THE GOOD: The classic tunes are all here - "Crazy Train", "I Don't Know", "Mr. Crowley", "Over The Mountain", "Flying High Again", "Bark At The Moon", "Crazy Babies", "Mama, I'm Coming Home", "No More Tears", "Time After Time", "Perry Mason", "Thunder Underground", "Gets Me Through", etc.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By S B on December 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
My only complaint with this collection is that it is a little light on the early pre-Zakk Wylde stuff (which I prefer). For example, there is nothing from the excellent underrated live 'Speak of the Devil' (1982) (a collection of Black Sabbath songs with Brad Gillis (Night Ranger) on guitar, much better than ANY other interpretations on the Ozzy live records) and 'The Ultimate Sin' (1986). Also, let's face it - Randy Rhoads was his best guitarist, but the two tracks from 'Tribute' (1987) (and most of that record) is not very well-executed. Finally, where is the token new song?
I would have recommended with 5 stars if the complilation was the following (with "*" having been omitted on this collection):
Disk 1:
1. Crazy Train
2. Suicide Solution
3. Mr. Crowley
4. Over the Mountain
5. Flying High Again
6. You Can't Kill Rock'n Roll* (glaring omission from 'Diary of a Madman' (1981)
7. Diary of a Madman
8. I Don't Know [Live] (the version on the b-side of "Flying High Again" is better than the one on 'Tribute' (1987))
9. Iron Man/Children of the Grave [Live]* (from 'Speak of the Devil')
10. Paranoid [Live]* (from 'Speak of the Devil')
11. Bark at the Moon
12. Rock'n'Roll Rebel
13. So Tired* (another glaring omission, the first (albeit less successful) attempt at "Mama, I'm Coming Home")
14. You're No Different
15. Shot in the Dark [studio version]* (the most glaring omission of all - much better than the messy live version on 'Just Say Ozzy' (1989) that Ozzy supposedly prefers)
Disk 2:
1. Miracle Man
2. Crazy Babies
3. Breaking All the Rules
4. Mama, I'm Coming Home
5. No More Tears
6. Time After Time
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