Ozzy Osbourne – Diary of a Madman (1995, Sony Records/Epic Records)
Original Release: 1981, Epic Records
1. “Over the Mountain” … 4:31
2. “Flying High Again” … 4:44
3. “You Can’t Kill Rock and Roll” … 6:59
4. “Believer” … 5:17
5. “Little Dolls” … 5:38
6. “Tonight” … 5:50
7. “S.A.T.O.” … 4:07
8. “Diary of a Madman” … 6:14
Ozzy Osbourne – Vocals
Randy Rhoads – Guitar
Bob Daisley – Bass, Gong, Backing Vocals (uncredited)
Lee Kerslake – Drums, Percussion, Bells, Timpani (uncredited)
Johnny Cook – Keyboards (uncredited)
Produced by: Max Norman, Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads
Geez, I really hate these ’95 Ozzy reissue covers. That huge border is SOOOO annoying.
As much as I can’t stand Ozzy’s voice, his second solo disc is a worthy follow up to his 1980 debut, Blizzard of Ozz. Despite Ozzy Sharon Osbourne trying to erase Daisly & Kerslake’s contributions from the album, this was a really tight unit and depending on who is telling the story, Ozzy, Randy, Bob and Lee all had a hand in writing the album.
The story of Daisy and Kerslake’s involvement with Ozzy is quite a strange one. They weren’t even credited when the album was released, instead bassist Rudy Sarzo and drummer Tommy Aldridge were (Don Airey was also ignorantly credited on keyboards when it was in fact Johnny Cook who played on the album). Then when the Ozzy albums got yet ANOTHER reissue in 2002, then Ozzy bassist (and future Metallica bassist) Robert Trujillo and then Ozzy drummer Mike Bordin rerecorded Bob and Lee’s parts. Oh well. Sharon may not want to give them credit for their time spent in Ozzy’s band, but true rock’n’roll fans know the score and that’s all that matters.
Back to the album, I think this is far superior to his debut and it’s probably Ozzy’s best. The music is so good, I can even withstand his voice!
Highlights: All of it