Register to remove these ads

Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman (1981)

Discussion in 'Album Reviews' started by Magic, Mar 14, 2010.

  1. Magic

    Magic Woman of the World

    Age:
    58
    Posts:
    22,546
    Likes Received:
    1,425
    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2009
    Location:
    Ohio, USA
    Ozzy Osbourne
    Diary of a Madman
    Released in 1981 by Jet Records
    Heavy Metal / Hard Rock


    [​IMG]

    Personnel:

    • Ozzy Osbourne – Vocals, Producer, Harmony Vocals
    • Randy Rhoads – Guitar, Producer
    • Bob Daisley – Bass, Gong, Producer, Harmony Vocals
    • Lee Kerslake – Percussion, Drums, Bells, Tympani
    • Johnny Cook – Keyboards (uncredited)

    :tl:

    1. "Over the Mountain" – 4:31
    2. "Flying High Again" – 4:44
    3. "You Can't Kill Rock and Roll" – 6:59
    4. "Believer" – 5:17
    5. "Little Dolls" – 5:38
    6. "Tonight" – 5:50
    7. "S.A.T.O." – 4:07
    8. "Diary of a Madman" – 6:14



    The Album

    For all those connoisseurs of the heavier things in life, I present you “Diary of a Madman”. Another land mark release from the Ozz. One thing that can be said of Ozzy, he always has surrounded himself with the best musicians and six stringers over the years, and the original cut of this album has the best- Randy Rhodes, Bob Daisley, and Lee Kerslake, with a great keyboardist, Johnny Cook, who ultimately didn’t receive credits on the original. Ozzy was funny that way, not giving the credits to his musicians, and I feel this is his biggest musical business flaw.

    The tracks for this album were made at the same time as “Blizzard of Ozz”. Some would say the best tracks went on “Blizzard”, but I disagree. “Diary of a Madman” has a great production, a production that was a bit more polished than “Blizzard”, and the songs are very consistent throughout the whole album. The consistency in this album is Randy, Bob, and Lee and these three musicians will always be linked to Ozzy, whether he likes it or not. “Diary of a Madman” has its flaws, like the vocals appearing to be ‘placed’ on the songs, and the lyrics are seemingly generic at times. Don’t misunderstand me here, Ozzy is very coherent and has no filler in his vocals, and uses his vocal talents to the utmost in this album. What catches my attention the most on “Diary of a Madman” is the fact that this album doesn’t contain the catchy mainstream singles that “Blizzard” had. "Diary of a Madman" has a musical flow to the songs, there doesn't appear to be any chops between songs or like any of the songs are out of place. This to me makes “Diary” the better of the two albums. This album definitely sealed Ozzy’s influence in metal history, laying down the tracks that would bind heavy metal and hard rock together forever. The band made perfect pace transitions between hard rock and metal, and made the transitions seamless, and that is metal history!

    The Music

    1. “Over the Mountain” ~ The opening song is a hard-hitter. Great opening drum riff and tight guitar riff, clean vocals that work with the rhythm section. This is one thing the rhythm section did for Ozzy, the rhythm flows very well with his vocal ups and downs.

    2. “Flying High Again” ~ Ozzy’s testimonial to party life….”I’ve been a bad bad boy, no use saying sorry, it’s something that I enjoyed”. The guitar solo mid song is fantastic. This song is fun, one of those songs you just love to sing along to, a very catchy tune.

    3. “You Can’t Kill Rock and Roll” ~ This song is a beautiful song. The song has a melodic pace and builds momentum before the chorus. After the second chorus, you get treated to an awesome solo from Randy. This is my personal favorite song on this album. “Rock and Roll is my religion and love” :tup:

    4. “Believer” ~ This is the darkest song on the album. The lyrical material is dark. The guitars are dark and sinister. The percussion is droning. A brilliant song, IMO. It fits well with the flow of the album.

    5. “Little Dolls” ~ Opens with a mini-drum solo. This song is a trippy song, with several different pace flows and twists. Randy has a great guitar display. The lyrical material is about voodoo dolls and curses. The song goes on a bit too long, otherwise it is a decent song.

    6. “Tonight” ~ A ballad. A nice song, IMO. The energy is high in this song and the lyrics are very emotionally moving. The melodic flow of the song is awesome and the musical arrangement is spectacular. This song shows Ozzy does have a spiritual side.

    7. “S.A.T.O” ~ This song has a really cool opening riff. This is vintage Ozzy riffage, and the solo in mid song is signature Randy Rhodes. The vocals are clear and Ozzy uses his vocal scales to the max. In case you didn’t know, S.A.T.O stands for “Sharon Arden, Thelma Osbourne”, which is a play on words for her real name Sharon Thelma Arden-Osbourne”.

    8. “Diary of a Madman” ~ The title track, which is a peek into the inside of Ozzy’s mind. A very melodic song. It has a catchy riff and haunting vocals. The string arrangements add a very special sound to this song. The song is a bit long, but adds enough twists and solid solos to keep it interesting. The sinister chanting at the end of the song, gives me the creeps, though.

    My rating for listening pleasure 4/5.
     
  2. Cosmic Harmony

    Cosmic Harmony Senior Member

    Age:
    28
    Posts:
    12,943
    Likes Received:
    11
    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2009
    Re: Ozzy Osbourne ~ Diary of a Madman (1981)

    I have to say that between the two studio albums Randy did with Ozzy I think this is the better of the two. Randy's acoustic and classical play was more polished by the time this album was recorded, as he was taking lessons, and I think that gives the album a lot more depth than "Blizzard". My favorite track would have to be either "Believer" or the title track but I would like to give special recognition to to "Tonight" because I think it's a very overlooked song in Ozzy's catalog and I really love the outro solo in particular.
     
  3. Magic

    Magic Woman of the World

    Age:
    58
    Posts:
    22,546
    Likes Received:
    1,425
    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2009
    Location:
    Ohio, USA
    Re: Ozzy Osbourne ~ Diary of a Madman (1981)

    I agree, Cosmic. Randy did make his mark with this album. I am sure if he would have lived longer, him and Ozzy would have mended things between them and the two of them would have put out some super awesome music. I agree, "tonight" is an overlooked song :tup: you can tell from my review I like that song. :)
     
  4. Cosmic Harmony

    Cosmic Harmony Senior Member

    Age:
    28
    Posts:
    12,943
    Likes Received:
    11
    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2009
    Re: Ozzy Osbourne ~ Diary of a Madman (1981)

    Ozzy career would be exponentially grander had he had Randy along side him all these years...
     
  5. LG

    LG Fade To Black

    Posts:
    36,989
    Likes Received:
    19
    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2009
    Re: Ozzy Osbourne ~ Diary of a Madman (1981)

    Very nice review Snoop...but I like Blizzard of Oz more myself, but both albums belong in every fans metal/hard rock collection.:tup:

    I do agree for some strange reason Ozzy was inconsistent about giving credit to some of his band mates, as Cosmic noted Osbourne would have delivered many more great albums if they kept the original line-up intact, especially Randy Rhodes. Very sad that he died so tragically in yet another plane crash.:(
     
  6. Lynch

    Lynch Rockin' Out

    Posts:
    30,349
    Likes Received:
    6,852
    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2010
    Location:
    The Land of Sky Blue Waters
    Re: Ozzy Osbourne ~ Diary of a Madman (1981)

    My thoughts exactly, this is also my own favorite track on this album and it very well could be my favorite Ozzy + Randy track overall.



    Magic: Great writeup, per normal! :bow:
     
  7. tomcat

    tomcat CRF Ex-Con

    Posts:
    4,269
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2008
    Location:
    On a Misty Mountain overlooking Strawberry Fields.
    Re: Ozzy Osbourne ~ Diary of a Madman (1981)

    The thing that pisses me off about this album, is that Sharon, dragon lady, Osbourne, saw to it that Daisly didn't get writing credit or at least tried to screw him and teh drummer out of credits. I believe Daisly wrote most of the Lyrics--NOT Ozzy. She even had new bass and drum tracks added, taking out Daisly and the original drummer's tracks, at least on Blizzard of Oz....I believe any album or disj you buy now had that Trullio guy playing bass (rerecorded into the original). The same for this album too I believe. I've never felt to great abut Ozzy since all this, and since his stupid family appeared on TV.

    On a positive note, Randy's guitar playing sounds great. The solo from Over The Mountain has always been one of my favorites. I also love the song Diary of a Madman-my favorite track on the album (at least at the moment).
     
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2010
  8. Groovy Man

    Groovy Man I'm Not Like Everybody Else

    Posts:
    6,299
    Likes Received:
    5
    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2010
    Location:
    Long Island, N.Y.
    Re: Ozzy Osbourne ~ Diary of a Madman (1981)

    ''Tonight” is one of my favorite Ozzy song's of all-time and it's a a ballad, strangely enough. Fantastic songs, Ozzy's vocal's are some of his best.

    Also, ''Believer'' is another great Ozzy song.

    So, I pretty much, agree with Cosmic and Magic.

    I seen the ''Diary Of The Madman'' Tour, right after Randy Rhoades had died. Brad Gillis of Night Ranger, of all people filled in for Randy Rhoades on that tour. I remember thinking ''this is gonna suck'' with the Brad Gillies replacing Randy Rhoads on guitar. But I was pleasantly surprised. Brad Gillis played rather well - actually, he friggin' rocked!

    It was a pretty wild night, Ozzy opened with ''Over The Mountain'', and he literally tore his shirt in two and threw it in the crowd, during the first guitar solo of the night, and went crazy the rest of the night nonstop. Ozzy was ''Flying High Again'' and the crowd was loving it. Ozzy even had some hooded midget dwarf named ''Ronnie'' running around the stage between songs. The hooded midget dwarf was supposed to be Ronnie James Dio. (see the picture below). At the time Ozzy and Ronnie were having a ''war of words'' going back and forth in all the rock magazines like, Circus, Creem, Rolling Stone and etc. at the time.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  9. METALPRIEST

    METALPRIEST Senior Member

    Posts:
    33,636
    Likes Received:
    31
    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2009
    Location:
    U.S.A.
    Re: Ozzy Osbourne ~ Diary of a Madman (1981)

    Probably my favorite Ozzy album!!

    Diary Of A Madman the song?? Epic!!

    You can't Kill Rock And Roll holds a special place with me also!!

     
  10. Rocker440

    Rocker440 Senior Member

    Posts:
    3,446
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2009
    Re: Ozzy Osbourne ~ Diary of a Madman (1981)

    Diary of a Madman is my favorite Ozzy w/ Randy Rhoads album! I remember buying Blizzard of Oz and both being very impressed with the music, songs and especially the guitarist! I was a long time Lee Kerslake fan from the numerous albums he has done with Uriah Heep, but I had only heard Bob Daisley from one other band before hearing him on DoaM! I am a very long time fan and follower of Black Sabbath, both with Ozzy and also the albums without the Ozzman. I really enjoyed BoO, but thoroughly enjoy DoaM much more! Imo, Randy Rhoads and his styling were both very cool, unique, and also intricate in various ways as well. I've heard that some of his guitar parts for songs on both BoO and DoaM were taken from previous Quiet Riot songs.

    Many of the songs on DoaM are my favorites, and for several, personal reasons! There are excellent classical influences in some of Randy's songs and playing. I, at times, do wonder what direction Randy's guitar playing would have gone if he could have continued, too.

    Over The Mountain, Tonight, Believer and Diary of a Madman are all extremely good and require loudness, imo, at least when I play this terrific album! :rock:

    Mad props and kudos to Magic for an excellent review! :tup:
     
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2010

Share This Page

defer="defer" charset="utf-8">