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Where are Tommy Aldridge and Rudy Sarzo?
on July 9, 2009
There are two personnel problems with this Ozzy album. I grew up believing that Tommy Aldridge (Black Oak Arkansas, Pat Travers Band) was on drums on _Diary of a Madman_. What did we know, here in Eugene, Oregon, in 1981-82? Indeed, Aldridge found a live job with Ozzy, but I don't recognize the name of the studio guy... NOR THE NAMES OF THE RERECORDED GUYS ON THIS CD. Listen to the other reviewers who admonish buying the CD with the smaller image and OZZY down the right side. Believe me, the drumming on this particular version sucks. Sounds like an amateur compared with Aldridge with Pat Travers on _Go For What You Know_. I don't know much about Sarzo, except he should've been on this album. I was very disappointed in my purchase; I felt stupid having bought it. It was as if the vocals and guitar were the only things that mattered - when any savvy pro musician will tell you that the rhythm section is the backbone of any band. These morons, when they rerecord over the original tracks, lose the original pulse by some percentage every time they record over, so that the whole thing is floating on essentially nothing. Somebody tell me if I'm wrong. Thank you.
Also, if you like Tommy Aldridge from your experience of _Bark at the Moon_, go back to his time with Pat Travers (_Heat in the Street_, _Go for What You Know_, and _Crash and Burn_). Happy listening.