Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard Of Ozz

30th Anniversary 180 Gram Vinyl Remaster

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Blizzard Of Ozz is the debut solo album by British heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne, originally released in September 1980 via Jet Records.

As a description of his life leading up to this album, “Crazy Train” is apt enough, but the real surprise for long-term Black Sabbath fans was Ozzy’s career resurrection following Blizzard Of Ozz’s. Ozzy’s life, as we all know by now, is as interesting for the off-stage drama as it is for the musical tracks, but this album was, and is, a triumphant affirmation of the bat-biter’s diabolical musical vision.

After Black Sabbath, Ozzy’s reclusive and addictive lifestyle did not bode well, and it took Sharon Arden, daughter of his former manager, to pull him out of depression and get him back in the studio, where, in creative partnership with guitarist Randy Rhoads (ex-Quiet Riot), drummer Lee Kerslake (ex-Uriah Heep) and bassist / lyricist Bob Daisley (ex-Rainbow), he reinvented his musical persona, presenting a set of lyrical caricatures over ferocious rock riffing through which blow Rhoads’ virtuoso guitar runs.

As well as “Crazy Train” the album’s highlights include “Revelation (Mother Earth)”, “I Don’t’ Know”, “Mr Crowley” and “Suicide Solution”. The latter two tracks proved the most controversial, the former for its celebration of the infamous occultist Alistair Crowley, and the latter for its supposed encouragement of suicide, after a US teenager killed himself while listening to the track. Ozzy successfully defended the subsequent suit, noting that it was about Bon Scott’s (AC/DC’s lead singer) death from alcohol abuse, although Ozzy’s co-writer, Bob Daisley claimed it was about Ozzy himself.

More generally, the album refueled the debate over Ozzy’s alleged Satanism, charges that the man himself arguably encouraged by his various onstage antics during the course of his subsequent solo career. Whether the Blizzard Of Ozz was a genuine diabolist, or whether he was merely playing up its shock value for rebellious teenagers, you will have listen again, and decide for yourself.

This 30th Anniversary Edition LP with remastered audio from the original master tapes and reproduced original artwork is pressed in Europe on 180-gram audiophile vinyl.

(886977381911)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

I Don’t Know

5:16

A2

Crazy Train

4:57

A3

Goodbye To Romance

5:36

A4

Dee (Instrumental)

0:50

A5

Suicide Solution

4:20

B1

Mr Crowley

4:57

B2

No Bone Movies

3:58

B3

Revelation (Mother Earth)

6:09

B4

Steal Away (The Night)

3:28

SKU 886977381911
Record Label Jet Records
Label / Model # Sony
Catalogue Number 88697 73819 1
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 01 April 2011
Original Release Date (Year) 12 September 1980
Barcode # 886977381911
Shipping Weight 0.3200kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeve, Reissue, Remastered Audio, "Legacy Vinyl" Series
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Hard Rock & Metal
Format VINYL LP

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