Diary of a Madman

Diary of a Madman

by Ozzy OsbourneOzzy Osbourne

CD(Remastered / Digi-Pak)

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The follow-up to the masterful Blizzard of Ozz, Diary of a Madman was rushed into existence by a band desperate to finish its next album before an upcoming tour. As a result, it doesn't feel quite as fully realized; a couple of the ballads are overly long and slow the momentum, and Randy Rhoads' guide solo on "Little Dolls" was never replaced with a version intended for the public. Yet despite the fact that some songs could have used a longer gestation period, there are numerous moments of brilliance on Diary of a Madman. At least half of it stands up to anything on Blizzard, and the title track is a jaw-droppingly intricate epic that represents the most classically influenced work of Rhoads' all-too-brief career. But even if parts of the album don't quite live up to the band's previous (and incredibly high) standards, they're by no means bad; moreover, the production is fuller, and the instruments better recorded this time around. It's not uncommon to find fans who prefer Diary to Blizzard, since it sets an even more mystical, eerie mood, and since Rhoads' playing is progressing to an even higher level. One can only wonder what the Osbourne/Rhoads collaboration might have produced in the future, had Rhoads not been killed in a bizarre and sadly avoidable plane crash. [2011's 30th Anniversary edition of Diary of a Madman (which was also released on double vinyl) featured a newly remastered and restored edition of the original album, as well as an 11-track bonus disc of previously unreleased live performances from the Blizzard of Ozz tour.]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/31/2011
Label: Epic
UPC: 0886977382123
catalogNumber: 773821
Rank: 6010

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ozzy Osbourne   Primary Artist,Vocals
Tommy Aldridge   Drums
Randy Rhoads   Guitar
Rudy Sarzo   Bass

Technical Credits

Bruce Dickinson   Producer,Tape Research
Ozzy Osbourne   Composer,Producer
Louis Clark   String Arrangements
Geezer Butler   Composer
Bob Daisley   Composer
John Fenton   Tape Research
Tony Iommi   Composer
Lee Kerslake   Composer
Max Norman   Producer,Engineer
Randy Rhoads   Composer,Producer
Bill Ward   Composer
Rob Carter   Art Direction
Jeremy Holiday   Package Manager
Sharon Osbourne   Executive Producer
Mark Neuman   Producer,Tape Research
"Mr. Kane" Churko   Engineer

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