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Ozzy Osbourne - The Ozzman Cometh
Label: Sony
Release: 2002

Tracklisting:
Black Sabbath
War Pigs
Goodbye To Romance
Crazy Train
Mr. Crowley
Over The Mountain
Paranoid (live)
Bark At The Moon
Miracle Man
Crazy Babies
No More Tears (Edit)
Mama, I’m Coming Home
I Don’t Want To Change The World (live)
I Just Want You
Back on Earth
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Ozzy Osbourne. Often labeled as the man, who along with Black Sabbath, invented and popularized Metal. Inventing the shock rock icon persona, Ozzy has not only made some of the best and most memorable music of our times, he has also had his share of imitators. But as hard as they try, there will never be another type of artist like him. From his early work with Tony Iommi with Black Sabbath to the most memorable work of his career with guitar powerhouse Randy Rhoades, until his most recent work with quite possibly the most technical of guitarists he’s ever faced Zakk Wylde, he has always been one of the most potent highlights of decades past.

With prestige like this, collections a plenty always arise. From the classic live collection of Live And Loud to this loose collection of some of his well-known work, his work has been well documented. The only problem is, that with every collection of greatest hits, there are some obvious leave outs. While this collection contains crude recordings of “Black Sabbath” and “War Pigs” it leaves out the indefinite essential Black Sabbath song “Iron Man.” “Paranoid” appears as a live song, with Randy Rhoads as on strings rather than Tony Iommi, and while one might argue that it is a much livelier (no pun intended) recording than the original, the original would’ve fit the cut of this pressing a lot better. Also “Believer” could’ve easily taken the place of the dreadful “Crazy Babies.”

     Aside from these mistakes, the rest of the recording is a pretty quality effort. Randy Rhoades’ excellent guitar work is magnified to its finest on “Mr. Crowley” and “Crazy Train” which appear back to back as a double assault of overpowered Rock greatness. The slower emotional cuts such as “Goodbye To Romance” and “I Just Want You” appear as well, giving the album some much needed balance. But, one can wonder, if “I Just Want You” was deemed good enough to make this recording, then why wasn’t the excellent “Perry Mason?” In the end the main thing that keeps this collection from reaching it’s full potential is the overpowering thought of what this collection could have been and also what it did become on this years “The Essential Ozzy Osbourne.”

In short, if you are new to the music of Ozzy Osbourne, this should be among the first albums you pick up. None of the songs require that much energy to get into and hopefully it will serve its purpose by guiding you into the rest of his work.


Reviewer Rating of CD :

Ugh. Another CD released by Ozzy Osbourne. Don't just walk to buy this album, run to the music store and burn it down for carrying this. With the exception of his very early stuff with Black Sabbath, Ozzy has become nothing more than a rambling, drunk gimmick. While some believe Ozzy invented the shock rock gimmick, i believe that title falls more into the hands of Alice Cooper, not some drunken slob who should be sodomized by pidgeons. The guitarists Ozzy has played with have been equally horrible, with the exception of Tony Iommi. Randy Rhodes and Zakk Wylde are both generic cock-rock technicians, not putting an ounce of emotion into their music. Quite possibly, "The Ozzman Cometh" (and what a horrible title.....) is the absolute worst single collection ever made, with a few acceptions.

Reviewer Rating of CD :

Alright, so we all know this album is a greatest hits compilation for the man himself, Ozzy Osbourne. We all also know that this album has been so widely reviewed left and right that no one is going to care anymore what someone has to say about it. Well, too damn bad.

Ozzy has had an amazing yet tragic career- Rhoads's death, his fall into drugs, his departure from Black Sabbath. Still, it all remains that he has one of the greatest and most successful careers in metal music ever. This album is pretty much here to prove that.

However, it has flaws.

There are actually two versions of this album. One version features Shot in the Dark, and the other features Miracle Man in place of Shot in the Dark, which was one of the worst career moves EVER. Miracle Man is a great song, but Shot in the Dark is THE Ozzy song. I know most fans will be like 'oh it wasn't stupid to take it off blah blah blah' but trust me, it was.

Also including the two Black Sabbath basement tapes was a terrible idea. They could have so easily been replaced by something actually worth the disc space, such as Suicide Solution or Bloodbath In Paradise. The main gripe about the Sabbath songs is the production- ok, sure, they're basement recordings but man, the sound is horrible.

On the good side, it does include some very good tracks- Mama, I'm Coming Home, I Don't Want To Change the World (live), Crazy Train, Mr. Crowley, and Bark at the Moon. But, what's with the radio edit of No More Tears? That was bull right there, No More Tears was Ozzy perfection, and it shouldn't have been tampered with. Also, the hip-hop like drum pattern of I Just Want You (don't get me wrong, it's an awesome song) seems kind of... un-Ozzyish. The inclusion of Paranoid with Randy Rhoads gave MAJOR props to the album, as did the extra track Back on Earth.

Overall, The Ozzman Cometh is a wonderful 76 minutes of his best and his worst. It's a great introducer to the man himself, but for true perfection pick up his debut, Blizzard of Ozz.

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