Ozzy Osbourne - Memoirs Of A Madman Review

Ozzy Osbourne - Memoirs Of A Madman
Ozzy Osbourne - Memoirs Of A Madman. Epic/Legacy Records

Ozzy Osbourne’s long and storied solo career is the focus of Memoirs Of A Madman. The album is a greatest hits collection, while the 2 DVD set focuses on the visual. The album and DVD are sold separately, and there are also regular vinyl and picture disc versions of the album in addition to CD and digital download.

The album features 17 songs dating back to his 1980 solo debut all the way through 2010‘s Scream.

Classics like “Crazy Train,” “Bark At The Moon” and “Mama I’m Coming Home” are included along with more recent songs like “I Don’t Wanna Stop,” “Let Me Hear You Scream” and “Changes,” the song he did with his daughter Kelly.

The biggest omissions are “Shot In The Dark,” “Time After Time,” “See You On The Other Side” and “Back On Earth,” which were all top 10 rock hits. But with so many hits and only one disc, there’s only so much material that could be included. The final track on the album is a live version of “Paranoid” that was recorded in 2010.

The DVDs include a ton of material. The first disc has more than two dozen music videos from over the years. There you’ll find “Time After Time,” “See You On The Other Side” and “Back On Earth” that are not on the album, but still no “Shot In The Dark.”

The second disc is the mother lode, jam packed with live performances and interviews going back to 1981.

  Four songs including “Suicide Solution” and “Mr. Crowley” are from a 1981 Rochester, New York performance featuring the late, great Randy Rhoads. Ozzy talks about his guitarist’s death in a 1982 MTV interview.

The performances feature all the various backing musicians Ozzy has had over the years, from Jake E. Lee to Zakk Wylde to Rob Trujillo to Gus G.

and all the others. The disc has nearly 2 1/2 hours of material, with the most recent footage being “Let Me Hear You Scream” from a London show a few years back.

There’s a lot of Ozzy material out there, but Memoirs Of A Madman is a worthy addition. The album collects most of his biggest hits in one place, and the DVDs have some hard to find and previously unreleased footage that fans will want to see.

Ozzy Osbourne - Memoirs Of A Madman Track Listing

CD

01. Crazy Train
02. Mr. Crowley
03. Flying High Again
04. Over The Mountain
05. Bark At The Moon
06. The Ultimate Sin
07. Miracle Man
08. No More Tears (edit)
09. Mama, I'm Coming Home
10. Road To Nowhere
11. Perry Mason
12. I Just Want You
13. Gets Me Through
14. Dreamer
15. I Don't Wanna Stop
16. Life Won't Wait
17. Let Me Hear You Scream

DVD 1: The Music Videos

Bark At The Moon
So Tired
The Ultimate Sin
Lightning Strikes
Crazy Train
Miracle Man
Crazy Babies
Breaking All The Rules
No More Tears
Mama, I'm Coming Home
Mr. Tinkertrain
Time After Time
Road To Nowhere
I Don't Want To Change The World (Live)
Changes
Perry Mason
I Just Want You
See You On The Other Side
Back On Earth
Gets Me Through
Dreamer
In My Life
I Don't Wanna Stop
Let Me Hear You Scream
Life Won't Wait
Let It Die
Mama, I'm Coming Home (alternate version)
The Making of Let Me Hear You Scream
The Making of Life Won't Wait

DVD 2

I Don't Know (Rochester, NY 1981)
Suicide Solution (Rochester, NY 1981)
Mr. Crowley (Rochester, NY 1981)
Crazy Train (Rochester, NY 1981)
Over The Mountain (Albuquerque, NM 1982)
Fairies Wear Boots (clip) (MTV 1982 New York, NY 1982)
Bark At The Moon (Entertainment USA 1984 Kansas City, MO 1986)
Never Know Why (Entertainment USA 1984 Kansas City, MO 1986)
Killer Of Giants (Ozzy's Bunker)
Thank God For The Bomb (Ozzy's Bunker)
Secret Loser (Ozzy's Bunker)
Bloodbath In Paradise (Philadelphia, PA 1989)
Tattooed Dancer (Philadelphia, PA 1989)
Miracle Man (Philadelphia, PA 1989)
Bark At The Moon (clip) (MTV 1989 Marquee, UK 1991)
I Don't Want To Change The World (San Diego, CA 1992)
Road To Nowhere (San Diego, CA 1992)
Ozzy's Bunker (Japan 1992)
No More Tears (Japan 1992)
Desire (Studio 1992)
Mama, I'm Coming Home (MTV 1992)
"Ozzmosis" Recording Session 1995
Perry Mason (Ozzfest 1996)
Gets Me Through (Tokyo, Japan 2001)
Not Going Away (Ozzfest 2007)
I Don't Wanna Stop (Las Vegas, NV 2007)
Let Me Hear You Scream (London, England 2010)
Flying High Again (Philadelphia, PA 1989)
Believer (Tokyo, Japan 2001)

(released October 14, 2014 on Epic Records/Legacy Recordings)