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This review is from: Prince Of Darkness Bookset (Audio CD)
If you wouldn't consider yourself a regular listener of the music of Ozzy Osbourne, and are looking for just the one compilation then you should avoid this set and purchase the single The OZZman Cometh CD instead. The reason why I say this is that this box set doesn't include many of Ozzy's solo hits in their regular form, and you might then be disappointed if you bought it.
If you are already familiar with Ozzy's music and own some (or all) of his studio albums than the 'Prince Of Darkness' four CD collection is an absolute must for your collection, and worth every penny.
Disc one consists of eight standard/familiar recordings that were released on albums and singles, including the forever popular 'Mr Crowley' and 'Crazy Train', and five live recordings mixed in.
Disc two focuses on more live tracks and rare demo recordings of classic songs like 'Mama I'm Coming Home' and 'Won't Be Coming Home (SIN)', the latter being in my opinion better than the version which made the final cut on the 'Ozzmosis' album. The demos are particularly interesting, and it's great to hear how the songs were formed and differ from the known versions.
Disc three has all of the varied and interesting duets that Ozzy has recorded with others over the years. He has worked with a variety of artists including Motorhead on the song 'I Ain't No Nice Guy', inevitably Black Sabbath, and even Miss Piggy in a priceless cover of 'Born To Be Wild'. Some of the duets are hit and miss, but there are enough gems here to make it a worthwhile disc.
Disc four was the set's real selling point, consisting of brand new material from Ozzy. It's an album of covers, where Ozzy recorded some of his favourite tracks, including a notably strong version of 'Working Class Hero', one of my favourite covers of all time. As all of these tracks were quickly released on another CD 'Under Cover', if you already own that album, there is nothing new here, but the tracks appeared on this box set first.
As well as the four CDs of great music from the Prince Of Darkness, you also get a fifty-eight page booklet which is worth the price alone. In the book, Ozzy shares his memories about certain songs, as well as writing a letter to his fans. Packed with many rare photographs of Ozzy over the years and rare memorabilia, you feel as though you are holding a nice souvenir.
So, 'Prince Of Darkness' is essential to the real Ozzy fan, and there is much to offer everyone who really enjoys his music. I think it's one of the best box sets I've ever purchased, and the man really treated his fans when he released it.