RATINGS: A = must own B = buy it C= average D = yawn F = puke

Ozzy Osbourne – Memoirs of a Madman
Epic Records/Legacy Recordings
http://www.ozzy.com

Rating: B

Does the world need another Ozzy Osbourne ‘best of’?  Well, that answer is ‘no’, but because Sharon Osbourne has never been shy about exposing her husband (well, Ozzy has exposed himself plenty of times, but I digress…), we get another one. 

Each time Ozzy does release one of these box-set-type best-of thingies, one must admit there is also something cool included.  And this time it’s the DVD videos, and an additional DVD which is a collection of many of Ozzy’s appearances throughout his career.  Of course, depending on your budget and how much of a diehard Oz fan you are, there are many formats of this sucker you can spend your money on.  There is a single CD, two-LP set and two-LP picture disc set all for sale. In addition, an exclusive autographed limited edition fan bundle will be available. This includes, according to the press release, “an autographed poster, 2 DVD set, CD, 2 LP picture disc vinyl, along with a “Creative Allies” fan designed poster, which will feature an image personally chosen by Ozzy.”

DVD 1 features an alternative version of “Mama, I’m Coming Home” and a behind the scenes look at the videos for “Let Me Hear You Scream” and “Life Won’t Wait.”  The rest of DVD 1 is filled with all of Ozzy’s classic MTV videos. 

It is DVD 2 that is cream of this crop.  It is filled with live performances and interviews and gives fans a chance to see Randy Rhoads perform with the band.  One also gets to see Joe Holmes, Geezer Butler and just about every one else who has been in Ozzy’s band. 

The CD track list is very debatable, as if this really includes the best Ozzy has done.  Let me clarify it for you: it does not.  There are only four songs off his first two releases.  So, it’s a fail in that aspect.  If one looks at it as a novice Ozzy playlist, then it makes sense. 

If you do not own any Ozzy this is  good place to start.  If you have not seen the footage from Rochester, New York in 1981 where Ozzy and Randy pump out “I Don’t Know,” “Suicide Solution,” “Mr. Crowley” and “Crazy Train” then pick this one just to add them to your collection. 

The track list is as follows:
1. Crazy Train
2. Mr. Crowley
3. Flying High Again
4. Over The Mountain
5. Bark At The Moon
6. The Ultimate Sin
7. Miracle Man
8. No More Tears (edit)
9. Mama, I’m Coming Home
10. Road To Nowhere
11. Perry Mason
12. I Just Want You
13. Gets Me Through
14. Changes (with Kelly Osbourne)
15. I Don’t Wanna Stop
16. Let Me Hear You Scream
**17. Paranoid (Recorded live at Roundhouse, London 2010 - Previously Unreleased)
**Previously unreleased track recorded summer 2010 at Roundhouse in London

The Memoirs Of A Madman DVD track listing is as follows:

DVD 1
THE MUSIC VIDEOS
Bark At The Moon
So Tired
The Ultimate Sin
Lightning Strikes
Crazy Train
Miracle Man
Crazy Babies
Breaking All The Rules
No More Tears
Mama, I’m Coming Home
Mr. Tinkertrain
Time After Time
Road To Nowhere
I Don’t Want To Change The World (Live)
Changes
Perry Mason
I Just Want You
See You On The Other Side
Back On Earth
Gets Me Through
Dreamer
In My Life
I Don’t Wanna Stop
Let Me Hear You Scream
Life Won’t Wait
Let It Die

BONUS
Mama, I’m Coming Home (alternate version)
The Making of Let Me Hear You Scream
The Making of Life Won’t Wait
Changes (with Kelly Osbourne)

DVD 2
Rochester, NY 1981
I Don’t Know
Suicide Solution
Mr. Crowley
Crazy Train
Ozzy’s Bunker
Albuquerque, NM 1982
Over The Mountain
MTV 1982
New York, NY 1982
Fairies Wear Boots (clip)
Ozzy’s Bunker
Entertainment USA 1984
Kansas City, MO 1986
(Jake E Lee, Phil Soussan, Randy Castillo)
Bark At The Moon
Never Know Why
Ozzy’s Bunker
Killer Of Giants
Thank God For The Bomb
Secret Loser
Ozzy’s Bunker
Philadelphia, PA 1989
(Zakk Wylde, Geezer Butler, Randy Castillo)
Bloodbath In Paradise
Tattooed Dancer
Miracle Man
MTV 1989
Marquee, UK 1991
(Zakk Wylde, Mike Inez, Randy Castillo)
Bark At The Moon (clip)
Studio 1992
San Diego, CA 1992
(Zakk Wylde, Mike Inez, Randy Castillo)
I Don’t Want To Change The World
Road To Nowhere
Japan 1992
Ozzy’s Bunker
No More Tears
Studio 1992
Desire
MTV 1992
Mama, I’m Coming Home
Studio 1992
Ozzmosis Recording Session 1995
Ozzfest 1996
(Joe Holmes, Robert Trujillo, Mike Bordin)
Perry Mason
Fame & Fortune
Tokyo, Japan 2001
(Zakk Wylde, Robert Trujillo, Mike Bordin)
Gets Me Through
Fame & Fortune
Ozzfest 2007
(Zakk Wylde, Blasko, Mike Bordin)
Not Going AwayBlack Rain Photo Shoot
Las Vegas, NV 2007
(Zakk Wylde, Blasko, Mike Bordin, Adam Wakeman)
I Don’t Wanna Stop
Scream Recording Session 2010
London, England 2010
(Gus G, Blasko, Tommy Clufetos, Adam Wakeman)
Let Me Hear You Scream
BONUS
Philadelphia, PA 1989
(Zakk Wylde, Geezer Butler, Randy Castillo)
Flying High Again
Tokyo, Japan 2001
(Zakk Wylde, Robert Trujillo, Mike Bordin)
Believer

By Jeb Wright

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