I'm not usually much of a heavy metal fan...too much thrashing and roaring and not enough groove for me.
But this is actually a great album. John "Ozzy" Osbourne may not be the greatest contemporary composer of all time, but he and his various bands through the 80s and 90s have actually managed to turn out more than a few well-wrought, even melodious, rock songs.
This is not only Ozzy Osbourne's best live album, to me it's one of the best albums of his career. The sound is great, the band is great, Ozzy himself is in great voice, and last but not least: The track selection is superb.
"Live & Loud" features most of Ozzy Osbourne's best and most accessible songs, including the Black Sabbath-classics "Paranoid" and "Black Sabbath", and the cream of Ozzy's solo years: "Mr Crowley", "Road To Nowhere", "Crazy Train", "Mama I'm Coming Home", "Shot In The Dark", "Bark At The Moon" etc.
Okay, so Zakk Wylde may be trying a bit too hard at times, and you get tired of Ozzy's constant (and unvaried) use of expletives after a while, but those are minor complaints.
Even a casual Ozzy-fan (such as myself) will enjoy this fine live album.