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Ozzy 30th Anniversary Box Set - Anyone Buying?

Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments15 Comments

Who here is getting the Ozzy Osbourne 30th anniversary box set? These remasters are the "definitive" versions of the Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman albums with better sound and previously unreleased bonus tracks. You can get the albums individually or as a special box set. The legacy edition of Diary of a Madman includes a bonus CD of previously unreleased live performances, featuring Randy Rhoads.

The big box set comes complete with remastered vinyl and CD editions of Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman and lots more including a 100 page coffee table book, poster and DVD among other things.

Here's some footage from the DVD in the deluxe box set called Thirty Years After the Blizzard. It is truly great quality.



In case you are wondering, all this awesomeness doesn't come cheap. Looks like the deluxe set is $150 bucks. Check out photos, a full track listing and order through Ozzy's MyPlay Direct site.

Reader Comments (15)

I saw "Thirty Years After The Blizzard" last Sunday afternoon on VH1 Classic during "Metal Mania Weekend". Absolutely stunning!

It made a much more serious fan out of me, particularly of Randy Rhoads, who I now count among the greatest guitarists that ever lived, right up there with Page and Hendrix, seriously!

I will get the box and if there's anything not on it that's on the Legacy Edition of "Diary", I'll get that, too! I saw lots of ads for all of it over the weekend on Metal Mania.

I also saw a companion limited edition Ozzy Picture Sleeve 45 at THE Greatest Record Store in Florida, Rock'n'Roll Heaven!
June 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Blizzard was AMAZING when it came out. Rhoads was getting a little press then, but to have seen him live you KNEW he was one of THE greats. I had the pleasure of meeting Randy in Johnstown on the first leg of the Blizzard tour. He was an honest to God GRACIOUS SWEET GUY! When they finally rolled through Pittsburgh in fall of 81' with Lep (on the High n Dry album), I met Randy again...I made him laugh a bunch of times goofing on some of the silliness backstage (which he took NO part in). He told me I should be on TV. I gave him my mailing address (we didn't have internet or cell's yet in the old days LMAO) he said he'd send me some passes from the tour when it was over, he also sent a promo pic from the upcoming "Diary" photo for press. He wasn't in the pic, but had Ozzy sign it and himself. I was also a guest of his in Pittsburgh for one of his last shows before the plane crash several months later. He was just a very UNrockstar guy with ZERO ego or attitude. He offered guitar lessons, but I had told him its tough to teach someome with the hand co-ordination of a CP'd gorilla (there was no political correctness back then either...we had a sense of humor then LOL).
When my house burnt down a few years ago, some of the only things that survived outside of US was some of my memorabilia (not all mind you BUT...)and the autographed pic and passes were some of those that made it...God DOES love rock n roll!!!
Sorry, went on a MetalBoy! rant there hahahahaha.Its just that Randy was a guitar genius, but more importantly he was one of the good guys!
June 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSweet Lou
at THE Greatest Record Store in Florida, Rock'n'Roll Heaven! ~ This is great ! I will have to tell Dave of your accolades.
Lmao @ SweetLou w/ the MetalBoy! rant.
June 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDamnp78
First off, yes, Randy Rhoads is an absolute genius -- no doubt about it. That said, here is why I will not be buying these reissues...Even after 30 years, the Ozzy camp still won't give Lee Kerslake and Bob Daisley their due for their contributions to Blizzard and Diary. According to Eddie Trunk, even though their drum and bass parts have been restored, there is not one picture of Lee or Bob in the book that comes with the box set. Further, nowhere in the myriad press releases for these reissues are their names mentioned, even after the tremendous slap in their faces when their parts were re-recorded for the last reissues, and on the Ozzy Prince of darkness box set. Finally, I do not consider this release of Blizzard to be the definitive edition. Why was "you Said It All" not included as a bonus track? It's not like they ran out of room on the CD. I have the 1995 remasters of blizzard and Diary and that's good enough for me.
June 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBob
Thirty Years After the Blizzard was a very cool documentary, even cooler though was the fact that VH1 classic actually AIRED IT!
I'll be getting my hands on these remastered cd's, you betcha!

BOTH ARE JUST BRILLIANT MASTERPIECES! Song after song, just incredible!
June 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkari
Bob, very solid points there!
June 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkari
I'm with Bob on the treatment that Bob and Lee have gotten from Sharon. I refuse to give her any of my money. If Best Buy or Amazon has them on sale for $10 each, I may change my mind but i doubt it.
Like you guys I grew up with Randy but my favorite quote about him is from Lemmy. He said that he has never known anyone that has gotten so much better after they died. Plus he slept with Sharon that takes him down a couple notchs for me.
June 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterscott whitt
Whoa! I forgot about that stuff regarding Lee Kerslake and Bob Daisley. Wouldn't it have been cool of OZZY to care a little bit about who's who in the credits.

Bob, you are so right! It's an outrage. Would it really be such a big deal to mention them? Sharon & Co. are probably afraid to mention it for fear of having to face lawsuits or some b.s. which I wouldn't anticipate from the Kerslake/Daisley camp.

Ozzy shoulda put his foot down and included them and if there are any pictures from the recording sessions of those guys, a shot or two would have been nice to include in the liner notes and book.

AND I don't agree with Lemmy (tho, it can be true for some) and Scott Whitt. I never really listened to the Ozzy stuff over and over again until now and I'm amazed at how great Rhoads is.

Randy Rhoads is right up there with the Guitar Cognecenti...

Hendrix, Page, Beck, Clapton, Zappa, Allman, Betts, Van Halen, May, Schenker and ____________. (Please remind me who I forgot, I'm a little phased in the A.M., hahaha!!!).

Yeah, of the 80's players, you got Satriani, Vai, Malmsteen, Gilbert, Hoffman (as much as I love him), etc., but to me, they're ALL just technicians.

Rhoads had that little something extra that you can't quite put your finger on (but he can!) only the greats possess.

p.s. Sweet Lou! Thanks for the "compliments". Sheeez!!! For real, make fun of me if you will, but I just wanted to thank you for your great stories about Rhoads and yourself. So cool. What a class guy he was. Why did he ever get in that plane! Ozzy's face says it all when he's shown in the doc listening to the lost outtakes of Randy playing classical guitar. What a waste! I will say "Hi" to Dave at Rock'n'Roll Heaven. Do you know Freddy and Ray?

p.s.s.t. Kari! You are right. It is cool VH1 aired the doc in question. But, it happened because it's P.R. to sell the box set. Sharon knows her audience, er, rather, Ozzy's audience. My disappointment with VH1 Classic's Metalmania Weekend was the fact that they ate up so much time with muliple airings of "Rock Star". That movie is ridiculously HORRIBLE and gives Heavy Metal a bad name (like it already duzn't have one in "mainstream" circles). VH1 shoulda aired their entire Archives of Metal vids without repeats the entire weekend. A friend of mine who's an editor there says they have ALL the stuff in the vaults. They really DO NOT understand the viewer AT ALL! That's because the people in power are a bunch of keypunchers and analysts who do not care about the music and the fans. The people who do care over there do not have enough power to play what they know will be truly appreciated by the audience. LCD! There I go again, Lou...
June 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
I bought it....
June 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
Whaddya think, Christian?!

p.s. You are the one who first made me aware of the crime committed against Kerstlake and Daisley.
June 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
getting it when i get to it got some other things that need working on now. Metalboy! don't forget Jake E. Lee and Tipton!!!
June 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShadow
OTSK! Where you been, Boy?!

How could I forget Jake E. Lee! And Tipton! You are right! They are right up there! And I think they've got that "little something extra" only they can put their finger on.

Thing is, I think Rhoads had a tad bit more in him than those guys, as great as they are. Part of that may be that Jake E. Lee has to live with the stigma of following in Rhoads footsteps but his solo stuff and also with Badlands shows how killer he is.

AND according to DiMartini, (another formidal 80's player who I think goes beyond the technical) when he appeared on "That Metal Show", Lee helped Robbin Crosby (primary contributor, though he's not hear to defend himself. R.I.P.) and DiMartini craft the material for Ratt's "Out Of The Cellar" in a blazing marathon 3-day now legendary jam session!

Oh, to have been a fly on the wall for that one.

Also, as far as Tipton goes, he certainly had an influence on all the 80's players both in songwriting and axe slinging, no question. In many ways, he was there first.

p.s. The other killers are coming back to me... Huh-uh-lo-oh! Ritchie "Never Misses A Note" Blackmore and Toni Iommi! Where is my brain?! Wait, nobody answer that!
June 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Oops, that's TonY Iommi!

Whoever thought one could commit blasphemy against Black Sabbath, but I just did!

p.s. Damn P! Talked to the boyz at Rock'n'Roll Heaven -- two hilarious brothers named Freddy and Ray plus another dude, Bill, own the place now. Ray said the legendary Dave sold 'em the place years ago. But, not to worry, these guys are just as legendary! Just try to get Freddy to sell you his Motley Crüe "Shout At the Devil" era action figure set (still in the box!) and you'll see what I mean!
June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
I've been working, had a laptop die and come back alive and been running around like a moron! lol been working on my Kiss LP collection as well. HAHA!
June 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShadow
Check out this story at Rock Cellar Magazine about the 30th anniversary reissues and box set:

http://www.rockcellarmagazine.com/2012/01/12/former-ozzy-bassist-has-an-axe-to-grind-with-the-osbournes/
January 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarshall Ward

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