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The 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.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 11, 2003)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Original Release Date: February 11, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • ASIN: B000084U3P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,064 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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That does not mean that I don't like it, owning only 2 of his studio albums. I think that it is a great collection of hits. There is one song missing: "Shot In The Dark," from The Ultimate Sin (Ozzy's 1986 album). However, Ozzy (Dave, really) does not like that album. I think that metal fans will enjoy this one. The only major flaw is that there is no new material, and the songs, with the exception of 1983's "Rock 'N' Roll Rebel" (which is missing the intro guitar solo that graced the original), sound great.
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I love the song selection but the recording was terrible. The CD sounded muddy, the highs were muted and truncated. The dynamic range seems to be compressed. This is my former broadcast engineer ear making these subjective observations, not through any real measurements.
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First of all I'd like to mention that if you have an opinion POST IT ONCE; 5 reviews stating the same thing don't help viewers much

...Now, to the CD itself. Ozzy Osbourne is a great artist with a multitude of great songs so it's obvious he can't fit them all on this CD. The tracklist itself is pretty good. The only truly great songs missing are Shot in the Dark, You Can't Kill Rock'n'Roll, Revelation Mother Earth, and Bloodbath in Paradise. And I must say I enjoy them all but they're not that good to start a riot over their missing, as many reviewers here undoubtedly have. The CD itself includes Ozzy's greatest from all his CDs including Crazy Train, Mr Crowley, Bark at the Moon, and No More Tears. Yes it does have its cons. The songs form his first 2 CDs are rerecorded but they don't sound that bad. If you're a diehard fan complaining about this, what are you doing here anyway? I would think a greatest hits CD is meant to get people into the artist and Ozzy succeeded with me indeed as I have now bought most of his CDS.
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