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[Ozzy Osbourne Band Picture]

Artist: Ozzy Osbourne

Title: Diary of a Madman

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Ozzy Osbourne Diary of a Madman Album Cover Ozzy Osbourne Diary of a Madman Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1981

Label: Epic

Catalog Number: EK 67236


Ozzy Osbourne vocals
Randy Rhoads guitar
Rudy Sarzo bass
Tommy Aldridge drums


1.  Over the Mountain  
2.  Flying High Again  
3.  You Can't Kill Rock and Roll  
4.  Believer  
5.  Little Dolls  
6.  Tonight  
7.  S.A.T.O.  
8.  Diary of a Madman  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Fredrik Nilsson Date: November 14, 2001 at 4:17
Randy Rhoads swan song. There is something special about the first two Ozzy albums that was never recaptured again. The title track is nothing short of genious. Just as classic as his debut!!

From: Dragonfly Date: December 16, 2001 at 17:07
It is a shame that Randy is not with us anymore. We were blessed with some of his work before he left. Randy & Ozzy worked great together.

From: Iggy freud Date: February 27, 2002 at 15:00
This album just blew me away!Randy is just smokin'!I love "over the mountain" a perfect song both in its construction and Randy's playing-but for me the best part is Ozzy's philisophical spirit flowing lyrics, this gave me inspiration for life in High school and still does today.As you know the entire album was and is the paradigm for excellent metal music.Never again would Ozzy attain the heights of this album (and Blizzard)The rest of Ozzy's albums are good to mediocre (and perhaps tragic)

From: Axelinger Date: May 30, 2002 at 18:10
That ain't Sarzo & Aldridge playing on this thing; it's Daisley & Kerslake, who weren't given credit or royalties for their work... Again, avoid the Trujillo & Bordin versions of this album, which was re-recorded out of spite to get even with Daisley & Kerslake for having the balls to stand up for their rights ... What an insult to Randy Rhoads, who recorded the original; the very idea of bringing in two people he never even met to re-record the parts of two of his friends is shameful...

From: rocknutter2001 Date: August 16, 2002 at 7:48
great second album by ozzy proving blizzard of oz wasnt a fluke pity this was randys last album. every song on here rocks and also you got the great ballad tonight

From: Date: January 16, 2004 at 2:14
I don't think we can stress this enough... avoid the re-recorded versions of Blizzard and Diary at all costs. The originals are so influential and really are staples of classic hard rock music. Whomever decided that the bass and drums be re-recorded lie this should be taken out back and shot with a large calibre handcannon.

From: gener8tr Date: January 28, 2004 at 19:11
Another masterpiece, due largely in part to Randy Rhoads!

From: AOR freaky Date: January 29, 2004 at 4:56
Indeed, one of the best from Ozzy ! What a talent Randy was !

From: drummerfish Date: February 22, 2004 at 6:03
in response to thee above:sharon was quoted saying,"no one buys them for the bass & drums,they buy'em for randy".as i may be true,anyone writting here will aggree its the group as a whole & the playing off each other that made them great,not just randy.also sounds like a slap in the face to kerslake and daisy,as well as the fans.put the effort into a box set w/ unreleased tracks.there's more than enough out there.by the way,after bark,ozzy didn't write any tunes,but his name is listed as writer

From: drummerfish Date: February 22, 2004 at 6:13
...everyone who writes gets a certain up front percentage of the songs,rather than future royalties.you can also thank sharon for that.how selfish.let's not forget the ozzy we know-before "the osbournes".pissing on the alamo,snorting ants,biting off the bats head,etc...i respect sharon's management skills,but how much money do you need? by the way,i knew the kid who shot himself.he had personal problems.it had nothing to do with ozzy.damn that tipper gore! r.i.p. daniel.

From: CHIRO!!! Date: July 4, 2004 at 11:36

From: DR DOM Date: October 8, 2004 at 19:50

From: Brian Mc Date: October 13, 2004 at 0:41
Hats off to Randy, Lee, & Bob for making this magical moment happen. Screw Ozzy for messing with those gentlemen's core integrity. This lp would've been so much better if say, Rob Halford or Geoff Tate were the vocalist so count your blessings, FatOzz! Those of you who love a good chemistry of bass & drums need check out the "Live! January '73" cd by Uriah Heep but get the version with the R&R medly at the end. It features Lee on drums & Gary Thain on bass (RIP). Lee's solo in "Gypsy" is HOT!!!

From: christo Date: November 26, 2004 at 20:05
I dont know what the last reviewer is talking about, ozzy has proven that he is a great songwriter and its stupid to say this album would have been better with other vocalists, duh this album wouldnt have been created without ozzy osbourne, yes randy rhoads has alot to be given credit for, but without ozz you wouldnt have many of the great metal tracks of the 70s and 80s, he hasnt been as consistent in his last few releases but ozzy has a song list that most artists would die for,ozz is a legend

From: christo Date: November 26, 2004 at 20:07
oh i forgot to say this cd kicks serious ass and ozzy and randy rip it up , buy the original avoid the remastered stuff

From: Propane Date: November 30, 2004 at 20:22
Mind blower and to not have is to completely miss the boat. Musicianship is astounding.

From: rockfan Date: December 1, 2004 at 14:09
The last album that Randy recorded before his tragic death. R.I.P. Randy, we all still miss you.

From: Rocker76 Date: February 10, 2005 at 8:59
IMO this album is worth the price alone simply for the title track...saw Ozzy in Charlotte N.C. once and he opened with the song Diary of a Madman. The rest of the show was just the same old standards that have been played into the ground. But opening with that song made the show very special for me as a long-time Ozzy fan. That Charlotte show was the 1st time Ozzy had played that song since the original tour for the album. This is indeed a CLASSIC album in every sense of the word. Vital!

From: Date: March 7, 2005 at 18:28
por q te moriste randy tu hard marco un paso gigante en la historia rockera y la de ozzy que seria si seguirias vivo? esto es lo que mas me pregunto cada vez que escucho este disco tu hard rock es una influencia grande para mucho y un gran paso para ozzy y lo que me falta es la muy particular voz de ozzy que le da ese toque de locu ra y pasion a los discos . escribio Ma uro Gonjzalez msg_heavymetal@hotmail.com

From: poproxx2007 Date: December 27, 2005 at 2:16
Metal Masterpiece....Randy Roads a guitar virtuoso...Ozzy at the absolute peak of his powers.....10/10

From: juan carlos Date: March 6, 2007 at 19:06
Vaya hacha que lastimosamente nos dejó demasiado temprano. Temazos como "Over The Mountain" "Flying High Again" la baladita "Tonight" o la épica "Diary of a Madman" no se pueden dejar pasar así nomás. 9.3/10

From: edwithmj Date: March 29, 2010 at 16:05
I can't believe Ozzy had all the bass and drum parts redone for the 2002 reissue. Luckily I managed to track down the originals for the first three albums. Anyway, a fine release on a par with the first album.

From: pie75 Date: August 3, 2010 at 7:41
great album i have the original for this one and plan to do so with blizzard over the mountain,flying high again,you can't kill rock and roll,sato and the title track are dead set gems when randy left us he left in style i think the first album is slightly better though

From: DonDefo Date: January 26, 2011 at 16:22

From: Buitre Date: May 9, 2013 at 12:23
The second masterpiece of the Madman. The thing with the re-recording of the bass & drums is a shame as I consider Ozzy's two first recordings as historical icons of the metal genre. I have the originals and will stick to them but, if I'm very honest, sooner or later I'll get my hands on the copy cats just to see what the Madman has done. This will be my own little experiment Haha. By the way, another 100/100

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: May 9, 2013 at 18:55
Never fear, dude, the original tracks have been restored on the most recent reissues (2010?) Ozzy claimed he didn't know about Sharon having his then-current bandmates redo the rhythm tracks back in '02, and maybe he didn't. When you do check out the doctored versions, I think you'll be dismayed. Not just because fooling with the originals is sacrilege, but because it just sounded weird and wrong. "Flyin' High Again" sounded like it had been slowed own, and the bass on "Over The Mountain" was very loud and sounded out of tune.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: October 13, 2013 at 14:01
You could make the argument (and many do) that the Randy Rhoads albums are the only truly essential Ozzy discs. So here's the other one, and in some ways, I like it a little better than Blizzard Of Ozz. The production sounds bigger and better to me, and there aren't any dud tracks like "No Bone Movies" (really, a song about the evils of porn?) from the last album. Some complain the album was "rushed," and Randy had said as much at the time, but I don't notice it so much. "Flying High Again" is the definitive single (and surprisingly the only song that would actually seem to glorify drug use), but the tiltl track is the ultimate Ozzy epic. Together, these two albums dominated the pre-glam landscape of the early '80's.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 30, 2014 at 21:38
A good follower of the "madman" debut...an album that contains some of Ozzy's hymns in the shape of "Over The Mountain","Flying High Again","Believer"(powerful song!)& "Diary Of A Madman"...a short album in lenght but long in greatest songs!!!...87/100

From: Doug Date: May 2, 2014 at 11:30
When I was in college I would crank "Flying High Again" to 11; the whole floor would shake. My fellow dorm mates soon became believers.

From: hair metal again Date: August 8, 2014 at 4:18
fantastic release by the mighty OZZY OSBOURNE in the early 80 s and surely a classic of the heavy rock scene!Randy shines here and this is maybe his best work!the songwriting is of the highest level and the production by Max Norman as "live" as it can gets!"over the mountain","diary of a madman","flying high again" and "tonight" are amazing songs indeed!essential

From: fdr Date: August 21, 2020 at 12:41
Super classic second album from the Blizzard oof Oz band: if the first one has more classics, this one has the best deeper cuts. Mandatory listen for classic 80's hard rock! Of course, Sarzo and Aldridge don't play a single note on the album, as it's clearly the rhythm section of Daisley/Kerslake at work here.

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