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This abomination masquerading as that album is not the same thing.
As is now common knowledge, the bass and drum tracks were re-recorded for the latest reissue of both 'Blizzard' and the follow up album, 'Diary of a Madman' due to ongoing legal disputes between the Osbournes and the former bassist and drummer, Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake respectively. It is bad enough that the Osbournes did this just to punish their ex-colleagues, but what is totally unforgivable is that these albums are packaged as though they are the original recordings, when they are nothing of the sort. You only find out the truth once you have opened the CD booklet and there, on the inside back cover, in *small* letters, the deed is revealed.
No disrespect is intended to the musicians who were asked to perform the impossible (bassist Rob Trujillo and drummer Mike Bordin) but you cannot go back to a twenty year old recording, overdub parts of it and expect people not to notice! Does Ozzy really think his fans are that daft? Whatever dispute he has with his old bandmates why should we, the fans who supported him for years, be insulted in this way? Furthermore, the fact that they have chosen to dub new musicians on the album insults the memory of the great Randy Rhoads, whose guitar parts now sit uncomfortably alongside those of players he never met!Read more ›
I think it is a tragedy that this was allowed to happen. No doubt Ozzy and Sharon would say that the music is their's to do with as they please....true, but it's the fans who buy it. It's a great shame that future fans of Ozzy who come to buy this album will be forced to listen to this version, and not hear the definitive original. .
Please buy the previous release of this album and enjoy it as it was meant to be.
For money, Drums and bass tracks were re-recorded with ozzy's actual band, susbstituting Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake's tracks , both ex Uriah Heep rythm section, nothing less. These guys sued ozzy for not giving them royalties on this cd, and it has been a years long legal trail. I believe Ozzy is rich enough and should give them their royalties.
Daisley and Kerslake's sound is far superior in technique, uniqueness, and licks . Just listen to the original lp's or the first two editions of this cd! they are an amazing rythm section. Also, producer Max' norman's production was butchered on this remake/remixed frankenstein.
This brutal massacre has also been completed on Ozzy's second solo gem, and the last studio album with Randy roads: Diary of a madman.
Doesn ozzy say that Randy is his great beloved friend? this remake is like taking a leak on Randy roads' grave! . Find and buy the first 2 editions of this cd cause they will dissapear from stores for good.