Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Ozzy reissues update

UPDATE TO TODAY'S POST (6:30pm eastern):

Quick update to today’s item:

According to Classic Rock magazine, Ozzy told Pulse Radio that the idea of removing Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake’s parts from his first two solo albums wasn’t his.

Let’s not pretend to be shocked that it was Sharon’s idea, and power play, against Ozzy’s two former bandmates that was behind the concept.

Here’s the quote from CR:
“Believe me, it wasn’t my doing. I mean, I didn’t know that was being done, ’cause Sharon (Osbourne) was fighting all the legal things that were going down at the time. I said, ‘What did you do that for?’ And she said, ‘The only way I could stop everything was if it went to that level.’ And I said, ‘You know what, whatever the circumstances were, I want the original thing back.’ I mean, I wouldn’t have done that.” - Ozzy
It's unfortunate that Sharon put this black mark on Ozzy's career, but that's what her impatience and short-term thinking did, in this case.

As far as I know, Sharon has yet to apologize to the fans for her actions....and it's a reasonable guess to suggest that she never will.

Told ya a few months back about Ozzy’s plans, later this year, to release 30th Anniversary editions of his first two solo albums, 1980’s "Blizzard Of Ozz" and "Diary Of A Madman" (1981).

At the time, it wasn’t only news because these are two important records, but because the reissues will feature the albums as they were originally recorded.

You see, back in 2002, Sharon and Ozzy sought revenge on former bandmates Bob Daisley (bass) and Lee Kerslake (drums) by re-releasing these records with their parts re-recorded by Ozzy’s then-current band members, Robert Trujillo (now with Metallica) and drummer Mike Bordin.

It was a twisted way for Sharon and Ozzy to deal with their situation, which ultimately left fans caught in the crossfire.

The reissue plans are on course, including some never-before released bonus material, which puts bassist Daisley back in the news, since fans want to know what’s going on.

Daisley has updated his website with an extended FAQ about his history with the Osbournes. Regarding the upcoming reissues, Bob states:
“ Neither Lee nor I have been contacted, considered or consulted in the decision to re-release the original recordings. I haven't a clue as to what the "bonus material" might be. As for royalties, we have not been approached for a reconciliation and have been offered and promised nothing.”
The cold war between the two camps continues…

Read the full Daisley/Osbournes FAQ here.

Mr.Ozzy Osbourne - Mr. Crowley - The Ozzman Cometh

Ozzy Osbourne – Mr. Crowley
After Hours – Rochester, NY - April 28, 1981
(note: Rudy Sarzo and Tommy Aldridge perform here)