Inspired by the MTV-show "The Osbournes" I would like to try out some of Ozzys stuff but what? Is there a must-have Ozzy album? Don't know much about the guy since it's before my time.
As one who is not really a heavy metal fan, I've always found Iron Man (from the Black Sabbath Paranoid album) to give me everything I need from a heavy metal tune. The rest of the Paranoid album is pretty good, too. I also remember enjoying Master of Reality in my youth.
I have Ozzy's Live & Loud on Laser and Live at Budokan on DVD... you may want to sample Ozzy with one of these.
IMO Live & Loud is far better than Budokan and it ends the show with Black Sabbath walking on stage doing an absolutely wicked version of the track "Black Sabbath". Gives me shivers every time ;)
The only albums that Ozzy made that were good were...
Blizzard of Ozz
Diary of a Madman
No More Tears
The rest is contractual obligation filler.
I bought the recent live album on DVD-V. It would be a good start. But
the ultimate is what is side 2 of the first LP of Black Sabbath hands
down. Wicked World is an outstanding must have piece of music IMHO. Also the
hard to find Live At Last(B.S.) is excellent. A lot of great stuff
over the years, everybody is pointing out the better ones well.
'Zombie Stomp' absolutely stomps.
also check allmusic.com for some guidance.
Freaking weird is what it is. And it's isn't obvious unless you look REAL close at the cd - they mainly yout "remaster", and then when you play it it sounds WAY WAY different than the original...
Then you read the liner where they substitute new musicians in the slots for the old original musicians.
I think Sabbath peaked with Sabotage. Purchase anything released after that (Sabbath or Ozzy solo) at your own risk.
black sabbath, sabbath bloody sabbath, paranoid, master of reality, sabotage, vol.4,blizzard of ozz and diary of a madman are all good imho.
It rocks hard.
And is on a remaster too.
It's definitely NOT all downhill from there! Master of Reality is superb, and Vol.4 & Sabbath Bloody Sabbath are pretty awesome too! Note: I don't like the way Ozzy's voice gets mixed further and further back after the third album, but the music is still solid. The bottom line AFAIC is that it's a toss up between the second (Paranoid) and third (Master of Reality) albums as the best example of Sabbath at it's heaviest. Hi-Fi Kenneth can't go wrong with either of those, IMO!
Fair enough; I stand corrected. I like III and IV too, and SBS has its moments, but seems to me to be the beginning of the end. I think the first and second albums are their most innovative and ground-breaking, and for someone wishing to hear the band at their best, I definitely recommend them as a starting point (better?).
BTW, has anyone noticed how poor IV is sonically compared to the first three albums? I’ve tried several releases on vinyl, including the Castle re-issue (their version of the first album is amazing), and they all sound grainy, dull, and lifeless (but better than the CD versions I’ve heard).
The original UK Vertigo vinyl issues are the best-sounding ones IMO for the first three. I haven't heard the UK versions of their later releases, as I also agree with you that their later efforts are not quite up to the same level as the first two or three. I like their self-titled album best.
I tried a couple of the Vertigo issues and agree that they are the best I've heard, and though Masters of Reality and Paranoid are my favorite Sabbath I would also recommend Vol.4, Sabotage and Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath over the first Black Sabbath LP (which is very good and recommended also). Some people don't like the Castle reissues - I thought they were pretty good and the prices were right, but I would hold out for the Vertigo stuff but it'll probably cost more than a new Castle reissue.
All of those Ozzy/Sabbath albums are worth owning. If I tried to choose between one or two, I'd select Paranoid first (i.e., definitely a heavy metal must-have), followed closely by Master of Reality. BTW, the remastered Castle import CDs (mid-90's reissues) are much better than the older domestic CDs!
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