Ozzy Osbourne – Diary Of A Madman Review

Posted: August 2, 2011 by kingcrimsonprog in Metal, Metal - Studio, Music Reviews

Ozzy Osbourne - Diary Of A Madman

Ozzy Osbourne - Diary Of A Madman

Ozzy Osbourne’s second studio album was released one year after his debut in 1981. Diary Of A Madman has since gone on to become a classic album and Ozzy himself has named it his favourite.

The album is the second of only two studio albums with Randy Rhodes on board as the guitarist before his untimely death in a plane accident. As you are likely already aware, Randy’s inventive style of guitar playing is legendary.

Diary Of A Madman contains the classic tracks ‘Over The Mountain,’ and ‘Flying High Again,’ although the whole album is strong and of a pretty consistent quality. The album is beyond strong guitar-wise, the warm analogue production sounds fantastic and the general quality of songwriting is top class.

This 2011 remastered edition of the album does not come with either linear notes or a DVD, nor does it contain the bonus disc found in the Legacy Edition.

What this version does feature however, are the original performances. This is not the version where Mike Bordin and Rob Trujillo were made to overdub the original rhythm section out of the mix, but rather a new version that reinstates the original musician’s work, remastered to the highest quality.

Overall; Diary Of A Madman, the last studio effort to feature Randy on guitar, is a superb album by Ozzy Osbourne and this 2011 remastered edition is a no-frills fantastic sounding version.

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