Ozzy Osbourne’s Memoirs of a Madman: Geek Notes Review

By Tamsin Mathias

Ozzy Obsbourne released his new album ‘Memoirs of a Madman’ on Tuesday October 14, and there is certainly never a dull moment! It isn’t anything new and unexpected, but still something to be excited about!

The album features 17 songs dating back to his 1980 solo debut Blizzard Of Ozz all the way through 2010‘s Scream. Classics like “Crazy Train,” “Bark At The Moon” and “Mama I’m Coming Home” are included along with more recent songs like “I Don’t Wanna Stop,” “Let Me Hear You Scream” and “Changes,” the song he did with his daughter Kelly.

The biggest omissions are “Shot In The Dark,” “Time After Time,” “See You On The Other Side” and “Back On Earth,” which were all top 10 rock hits. But with so many hits and only one disc, there’s only so much material that could be included. The final track on the album is a live version of “Paranoid” that was recorded in 2010.

The DVDs include a ton of material. The first disc has more than two dozen music videos from over the years. There you’ll find “Time After Time,” “See You On The Other Side” and “Back On Earth” that are not on the album, but still no “Shot In The Dark.”

The second disc is the mother lode, jam packed with live performances and interviews going back to 1981. Four songs including “Suicide Solution” and “Mr. Crowley” are from a 1981 Rochester, New York performance featuring the late, great Randy Rhoads. Ozzy talks about his guitarist’s death in a 1982 MTV interview.

There’s a lot of Ozzy material out there, but Memoirs Of A Madman is a worthy addition. The album collects most of his biggest hits in one place, and the DVDs have some hard to find and previously unreleased footage that fans will want to see.

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