Without a doubt, hands down, I recieved more emails asking why I didn't have any Ozzy cds than any other band or performer. To be quite honest, I don't know why but now I have one so I guess the emails will cease.

Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne-Blizzard of Ozz (Jet) 1981

1. "I Don't Know" (5:11)
2. "Crazy Train" (4:49)
3. "Goodbye to Romance" (5:32)
4. "Dee" -instrumental (0:50)
5. "Suicide Solution" (4:17)
6. "Mr. Crowley" (4:55)
7. "No Bone Movies" (3:53)
8. "Revelation (Mother Earth)" (6:10)
9. "Steal Away (the Night)" (3:28)

Considered to be a heavy metal classic by most people, but for some reason I just never got into Ozzy's stuff after Sabbath. Of course there is some excellent music on this disc, and no less than five of these songs continued to be concert staples for years to come. Perhaps it's the lyrical ideals that revel in the darkest of themes that disinterest me. 'Mr. Crowley' is a song about spiritualist (Satanist?) Alister Crowley. "Suicide Solution' is a song that raised tons of controversy although the actual meaning of the lyrics seem to not be promoting suicide. I've actually heard many different explanations for this song. Unfortunately many Christians jumped on the "Ozzy worships Satan" bandwagon due to these songs. In any case, "Blizzard of Oz" turned Ozzy into a star once again and set a standard for heavy metal in the early 80's. For that reason alone I thought this album might be a worthwhile addition to my heavy metal collection. I finally was able to find an original copy, as opposed to the remastered version with the horribly cheesy cover art.

Ozzy's band consisted of Randy Rhoads, who before that time was with Quiet Riot? Bass & drums were performed by Bob Daisley & Lee Kerslake respectively, both of whom were with Uriah Heep. Of course, Ozzy would go through band members almost daily, so this line-up did not last long.

Two Up The B Side Ozzy Osbourne-Two Up the B-Side (cdr compilation)

1. "You Looking at Me Looking at You" (4:14)
2. "You Said it All" -live (3:56)
3. "Spiders in the Night" (4:20)
4. "One Up the B Side" (3:27)
5. "The Liar" (4:26)
6. "Purple Haze" (4:22)
7. "Mrs. J" -demo, instrumental (2:40)
8. "Won't Be Coming Home" -demo (4:59)
9. "Don't Blame Me" (5:00)
10. "Party with the Animals" (4:19)
11. "Living with the Enemy" (5:25)
12. "Whole World's Falling Down" (5:07)
13. "Voodoo Dancer" (5:24)
14. "Aimee" (4:46)
15. "Back on Earth" (5:00)
16. "Walk on Water" (4:18)
17. "Pictures of Matchstick
........ Men" -Type O Negative (5:57)
1. "Crazy Train"-remix (4:23)
2. "Born to be Wild"-w/ Miss Piggy (3:30)
3. "Staying Alive"-w/ Dweezil Zappa (4:27)
4. "It's Only Rock and Roll" -various artists" (4:51)
5. "The Urpney Song" (3:56)
6. "Shake Your Head (Let's Go to Bed)"-Was (Not Was) (3:54)
7. "Led Clones"-Gary Moore (6:08)
8. "Close My Eyes Forever"-Lita Ford (4:42)
9. "Therapy"-Infectious Grooves (3:25)
10. "Shock the Monkey"-Coal Chamber (3:42)
11. "Bombers Can Open Bomb Bays"-Bill Ward (4:23)
12. "Jack's Land"-Bill Ward (4:41)
13. "Buried Alive"-Rick Wakeman (6:00)
14. "Vertical Man"-Ringo Starr (4:41)
15. "I Ain't No Nice Guy"-Motörhead (4:18)
16. "Nowhere to Run"-w/DMX, Ol' Dirty Bastard &
........Crystal Method
17. "Iron Man (This Means War)"-Busta Rhymes (4:36)

A cool 2-cdr collection of Ozzy rarities put together by a fellow cd-aholic who goes by the name of King God Space. Anyhow, disc one covers all the b-sides & rare tracks from Ozzy's solo work. Disc two features Ozzy appearing on songs by other artists, a few of which he appears singing only background vocals. I can't even hear Ozzy on a couple of these. ("Vertical Man" & "It's Only Rock and Roll") I've always liked the duet he did with Lita Ford. The Steppenwolf cover he did with Miss Piggy is pretty funny. However, disc one is the real gem in this collection. This disc is great b-side collections, some of which should really have been considered for the albums.

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