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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Words fail me, 7 Jan. 2004
The multi-talentless Kelly Osbourne, after having seen her album bomb, has decided to relaunch it with some extra tracks. Unfortunately she has decided to (ab)use one of her father's old songs for that rehashed album, and even roped him in to sing on it, in a futile attempt to lend it some credibility - so much for striking out on your own then! Incredibly, with just a few lyrical alterations (thus totally changing what it was about!) she has bagged a co-writing credit! A quite appalling travesty and one that Ozzy, yet again, does himself no favours on. He seems to be making a career of ruining his own material - after re-recording the rhythm section on his first two (and best two) post-Sabbath albums, just to get back at former bandmates, he now goes back further and digs out the ballad from 'Black Sabbath Vol 4' for Kelly to trash. The pair of them make a complete pig's breakfast of the Sabbath classic, turning a heartfelt song about a broken relationship into a vomit-inducing daddy-daughter whine. Those that bought this are simply buying into the Osbourne brand. Do yourselves a favour and get the original, and hear what it SHOULD sound like. This version is a disaster.

Shooting At The Sun
Shooting At The Sun

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return of veteran British rockers delights faithful fans, 28 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Shooting At The Sun (Audio CD)
British rockers Thunder returned to the fray after a brief split in 2002 and delivered this, their full comeback album early in 2003. The album contains few surprises, opening with an almighty wallop with "Loser", the lead off single from the album before delivering another set of high octane rockers and plaintive ballads. It really does feel as though the boys have never been away; guitarist/songwriter Luke Morley is straight back in the groove lyrically with some acerbic writing, especially on the anti-Pop Idol "Pimp and the Whore", and the dig at cocaine-loving party animals in "Everybody's Laughing". The powerful yet soulful voice of Danny Bowes has been much missed in a rock scene filled with grunting vocalists or worse, rappers(!), and in particular it is a pleasure to hear him sing on record again. Several of these songs have already established themselves in the live setting and it is clear that this album will sit comfortably alongside the back catalogue.
If you are a fan of the band already you will love this album; if you like well crafted hard rock in the traditional style few bands do it better than these guys. They are unlikely to convince waverers with this album, but for the converted, the preachers make a welcome retun to the pulpit! Returning Thunder fans can buy this album with confidence.

The Best Of Thunder: Their Finest Hour (And A Bit)
The Best Of Thunder: Their Finest Hour (And A Bit)
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £14.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to a classy British band, 28 Nov. 2003
This 1995 compilation from UK rockers Thunder serves as an effective introduction to the band's brand of classy rockers and ballads. Featuring tracks from the first three albums plus two new cover songs (Python Lee Jackson's "In A Broken Dream" and the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter"), as well as a rearranged version of "Higher Ground" and the previously unreleased slowie "Once In A Lifetime", those looking for a taster of what the band is all about need look no further. The songs are all several years old now but stand up (pun intended) very well to repeated listening.
Highly recommended and a bargain at the reduced price, but if you buy this keep some pennies to one side, you will soon be spending it on the studio albums!

Behind Closed Doors
Behind Closed Doors

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British Rockers maintain high standards, 28 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Behind Closed Doors (Audio CD)
The Brit-rockers' third album and the last for major label EMI, "Behind Closed Doors" marked the first change in the band's line-up, with Swedish bassist Mikael Höglund replacing original four-stringer Mark 'Snake' Luckhurst. Once again guitarist Luke Morley is responsible for writing the bulk of the material; although the other guys pop up in the credits here and there and in particular drummer Harry James starts to make his mark in the songwriting process. The album consists of the by now familiar mix of rockers and power ballads, with a funky direction taken on "Fly on the Wall" and "Too Scared to Live". The incredibly powerful and versatile voice of singer Danny Bowes enables him to handle the differing styles with ease. Highlights are the fantastic ballad "I'll Be Waiting"; another showcase for the singer in the style of the debut album's "Don't Wait For Me", and the perennial live favourite "River of Pain". The album features some darker lyrical content this time around; in particular on "Til the River Runs Dry", "Future Train", and "It Happened in This Town", although there are lighter moments such as the satirical take on tabloid health scares in "Too Scared To Live", and the excellent swipe at the fashion police in "Preaching From A Chair".
To conclude, another album with high quality songwriting and musicianship; although I would advise the newcomer to get the debut album "Backstreet Symphony" first, if you like that then you will not go wrong with this album.

Backstreet Symphony
Backstreet Symphony
Price: £33.97

38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An astonishing debut, 15 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Backstreet Symphony (Audio CD)
Formed in 1989 from the ashes of pop-rock combo Terraplane, guitarist and songwriter Luke Morley and singer Danny Bowes had decided to go in a more traditional 'rock' direction than the pop path they were (reluctantly) being led down by their previous record label. Retaining drummer Harry James from the Terraplane days, bassist Mark 'Snake' Luckhurst and guitarist/keyboard player Ben Matthews were recruited and the new band entered the studio with Duran Duran's guitarist Andy Taylor producing.
What emerged was a latter day rock classic; you knew from the first listen that these songs would stand the test of time. Highlights of this terrific album are the slowburner "Don't Wait For Me"; a showcase for Danny Bowes' awesome voice, "Higher Ground", "Love Walked In", and the title track. The material drew heavily on the influences of giants such as Bad Company and the Who (to name but two), the twin guitar attack of Luke Morley and Ben Matthews allied with the rock solid rhythms of Snake and Harry were an irresistible combination. When you throw into the mix the amazingly talented Danny Bowes, a singer good enough to rank alongside the likes of Coverdale and Rodgers in my view, the whole package could not possibly fail.
And fail they did not, after having toured the UK to little response they landed a support slot with Aerosmith, which brought them to wider attention, then in 1990 they opened the Donington Monsters of Rock festival, they went down an absolute storm and it was all systems go from there.
What none of us knew was that a total sea-change was coming to the whole rock scene just a year later, coming out of Seattle the grunge wave spearheaded by Nirvana changed the landscape - not necessarily for the better in my view, but the effect was to cut the ground from underneath everything that had come before, good or bad and alas Thunder were a big casualty of this change. They survived to make more albums and tour for the next decade only because of the strength of their live show won them enough of a loyal fan base (at least in Europe and also Japan, where British bands have long been well received), to make it worthwhile.
The band did take a hiatus in 2000, during which time songwriter Luke Morley released a solo album then a follow up with Danny Bowes, in a more soulful direction than Thunder had taken. They were tempted back into action in 2002 by a prominent slot on the touring Monsters of Rock arena shows, after which they decided to give it another go. Although they went on to make several albums after this classic, all of which are worth having, the amount of songs from this album still played by the band today demonstrates the enduring quality of the material here.
For any fan of blues based rock'n'roll this album is essential - as a debut from a rock band it stands comparison with the first Bad Company album, the first Van Halen album, the debut from Montrose, Dio's "Holy Diver" and G'n'R's "Appetite for Destruction".
I recommend this album, particularly at it's now bargain price, without hesitation.

Diary of a Madman
Diary of a Madman
Offered by westworld-
Price: £12.98

87 of 88 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars RE-RECORDED not Re-mastered - AVOID !, 7 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Diary of a Madman (Audio CD)
The second album from Ozzy after his departure from Black Sabbath, 'Diary of A Madman' continues in much the same vein as 'Blizzard of Ozz' with incredible guitar from the late Randy Rhoads, powerhouse drumming from Lee Kerslake and some inspired playing from Bob Daisley (who wrote much of the material with Randy and Lee). With another strong set of songs this consolidated Ozzy's position after the success of 'Blizzard of Ozz'.
Why then only 1 star for this reissue? You know the answer to that, the shameful decision by the Osbournes to remove the rhythm section and re-record the parts with new players, some twenty years after the original album was made! It is with this album that the whole dispute between Ozzy/Sharon and his former rhythm section originates; when the album first came out in 1981 Ozzy had already decided to replace drummer Kerslake with his friend Tommy Aldridge; the reason Bob Daisley went as well was because he objected to what he saw as a needless line up change to an excellent rock band. So in came Rudy Sarzo on bass, and it is these two musicians (Sarzo/Aldridge) who were listed in the credits on 'Diary', when they did not play a note on the album! This set in motion the dispute that rumbled on for many years afterwards.
Ironically, both Daisley and Kerslake *are* finally given playing credits on this new version, but as performers on the 'original album' - they then list bassist Robert Trujillo and drummer Mike Bordin as having overdubbed their parts on the new version!
Whatever the rights and wrongs of the dispute, the real losers are the fans who are once again being offered a dud album in place of a classic, and once again the buyer is not told of the change to the recording until he or she reads the inside back cover of the booklet - so an unwary consumer can be tricked into buying the album thinking it is the original!
I have already stated in my review of 'Blizzard' that this practice is, in my view, fraudulent, and in the long run can only do Ozzy Osbourne damage in the eyes of his loyal fans.
As with 'Blizzard', if you want this album I implore you to seek out the previous remaster from 1995; that version is easy to spot with the cover art being reduced and the word 'OZZY' in large letters down one side (on a dark green background) That version does not contain any extras but does contain the true classic performances by Ozzy, Bob, Lee and Randy, before the disgraceful decision to graft on new bass and drums, played by musicians Randy Rhoads never knew.
AVOID this shameful abomination masquerading as a classic album at all costs!
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Blizzard Of Ozz
Blizzard Of Ozz

110 of 116 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars RE-RECORDED not Re-Mastered, 6 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Blizzard Of Ozz (Audio CD)
Let's get one thing straight. Blizzard of Ozz, as recorded by Ozzy's original post-Sabbath band of Randy Rhoads, Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake is a truly classic Metal album, and one that deserves a place in any Metal fan's collection.
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!
In my opinion this issue of 'Blizzard' is a FAKE and I strongly recommend potential buyers to seek out the previous reissues of 'Blizzard and 'Diary' (from 1995, easy to spot, they have 'OZZY' in large letters down one side of the booklet) which contain the original recordings. Be quick though, they are being withdrawn and you will soon only be able to get the inferior new versions.
Ozzy has really shot himself in the foot this time. Metal fans are not noted for having short memories, and this disgrace will be remembered long after the TV show is forgotten by their new generation of 'fans'. I for one will never buy anything else with his name on it.
Avoid this 'reissue' at all costs!
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