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Ozzy Osbourne - Live And Loud
Label: Sony
Release: 1993

CD 1
I Donít Want To Change The World
Mr. Crowley
I Donít Know
Road To Nowhere
Flying High Again
Guitar Solo
Suicide Solution
Goodbye To Romance

CD 2
Shot In The Dark
No More Tears
Miracle Man
Drum Solo
War Pigs
Bark At The Moon
Mama, Iím Coming Home
Crazy Train
Black Sabbath

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     Back in the early 90ís Ozzy Osbourne, cock rock enthusiast Zakk Wylde, Mike Inez, and Randy Castillo embarked on a world wide tour named No More Tours, a clever take on what was supposed to be his last studio album, "No More Tears." As the name shows, it was supposed to be Ozzyís last tour before retirement. The 80ís were a wishy washy time for Ozzy, while he had some classics he would stumble after the death of friend and amazing guitarist Randy Rhaods and not be able to regain his composure until "No More Tears," his last great album. With this in mind, Ozzy actually made a smart move, he decided to quit while he was on top.

     One thing that has to be stated is; Ozzyís live recordings are always a lot better than his studio work. Itís been like this ever since "Blizzard of Ozz." Back in the 80ís Ozzy released "Tribute," a collection of live songs featuring Randy Rhoads on guitar. It was a brilliant live album and it would take a lot to live up to it, frankly "Live and Loud" just doesnít pack enough punch.
     Ozzy kicks things into gear with a hyped up rendition of the Black Sabbath classic "Paranoid." While the song used have a classic feel to it, it was brought into a speedier area by Randy Rhoads, and under Zakk Wylde it can get ridiculous. Lots of useless pauses and breaks are added into the song, which while show musical talent donít really make the song any better at all. Also on the Sabbath tip we are given an incredible live version of "War Pigs," and a brilliant performance of "Black Sabbath" where Iommi, Butler, and Ward join Ozzy on stage. Itís great to hear the original Sabbath line up together and it mustíve been great to have actually been to that concert.

     The first disc features a guitar solo by Zakk Wylde. After noodling around for a few minutes not playing anything that sounds remotely like music and just showing off how fast he can play he finally kicks in with a good riff before being interrupted by Ozzy. We all know Wylde is talented, we didnít need a whole track dedicated to. Randy Castilloís drum solo on disc 2 fairs better.

     When regarding the track list, you basically get what you expect. The band breeze through Randy Rhoadsí classics like "Mr. Crowley," "Goodbye To Romance," and the absolute bezerk rendition of "Crazy Train," and then move on to play more material from Ozzyís latest work and other assorted gems from the 80ís.

     One thing that is striking about this recording while comparing it to "Tribute," is Ozzy no longer seems to have much passion for singing the songs. He spends a lot of time shouting stage banter to the crowd and he seems winded by the time the songs start. On the classic "Mr. Crowley" he doesnít sound like heís even putting any effort into it at all. Also, Zakk Wyldeís constant use of pinch harmonics can get annoying throughout the entire listening, even going as far as souring some of Rhoadsí classic solos which shouldíve remained as intended. And "Shot In The Dark," "Desire," "Flying High Again," and "Miracle Man" couldíve easily been replaced by some more worthwhile songs.

     Overall, this is a very entertaining album, although it does have some drawbacks. A good place to start before picking up this album would be "Tribute." Also, Ozzy obviously didnít keep true to his plans of quitting either so he has some new material and live recordings on the market as well.

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