RELEASE
February 11, 2003
LABEL
Epic
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal, British Metal, Neo-Classical Metal, Album Rock, Pop-Metal, Hard Rock

Album Review

Sony Music's "Essential" series of limited-edition two-disc compilations of major artists has been well-assembled generally, and Ozzy Osbourne's increased celebrity following the success of the "reality" TV series The Osbournes justifies his inclusion, as does his string of multi-platinum albums dating back to 1980. The 29-track collection presents most of the highlights of his solo career, from Blizzard of Ozz to Down to Earth, including such U.K. and/or U.S. hits as "Bark at the Moon," "No More Tears," "Perry Mason," and "Mama, I'm Coming Home," as well as the Grammy-winning live version of "I Don't Want to Change the World." Missing from the song list are such favorites as "Shot in the Dark," a Top 20 U.K. hit that made the Top Ten of Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart, and "Back on Earth," another major Mainstream Rock hit; both tracks can be found on the 1997 hits collection The Ozzman Cometh. And "Close My Eyes Forever," Osbourne's duet with Lita Ford, which was a gold-selling single and made the Top Ten of the Hot 100, is not in the Sony vaults and was not licensed. So, The Essential Ozzy Osbourne is not the perfect two-CD sampler of Osbourne's solo career. But it is a very good one, and new fans attracted by the TV show who wonder what his music is like will get an accurate representation of it here.
William Ruhlmann, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Crazy Trainhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=268009299&id=268009285
  2. Mr. Crowleyhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=268009492&id=268009285
  3. I Don't Know [Live]http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=268009592&id=268009285
  4. Suicide Solutionhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=268009657&id=268009285
  5. Goodbye to Romancehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=268009709&id=268009285
  6. Over the Mountainhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=268009806&id=268009285
  7. Flying High Againhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=268009949&id=268009285
  8. Diary of a Madmanhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=268010024&id=268009285
  9. Paranoid [Live]http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=268010136&id=268009285
  10. Bark at the Moonhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=268010178&id=268009285
  11. You're No Differenthttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=268010308&id=268009285
  12. Rock 'N' Roll Rebelhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=268010616&id=268009285
  13. Crazy Babieshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=268010712&id=268009285
  14. Miracle Manhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=268010791&id=268009285
  15. Fire in the Skyhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=268010936&id=268009285
  16. Breakin' All the Ruleshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=268011161&id=268009285
  17. Mama, I'm Coming Homehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-ozzy-osbourne/id268009285?uo=5
  18. Desirehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-ozzy-osbourne/id268009285?uo=5
  19. No More Tearshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-ozzy-osbourne/id268009285?uo=5
  20. Time After Timehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-ozzy-osbourne/id268009285?uo=5
  21. Road to Nowherehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-ozzy-osbourne/id268009285?uo=5
  22. I Don't Want to Change the World [Live]http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-ozzy-osbourne/id268009285?uo=5
  23. Perry Masonhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-ozzy-osbourne/id268009285?uo=5
  24. I Just Want Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-ozzy-osbourne/id268009285?uo=5
  25. Thunder Undergroundhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-ozzy-osbourne/id268009285?uo=5
  26. See You on the Other Sidehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-ozzy-osbourne/id268009285?uo=5
  27. Gets Me Throughhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-ozzy-osbourne/id268009285?uo=5
  28. Dreamerhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-ozzy-osbourne/id268009285?uo=5
  29. No Easy Way Outhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-ozzy-osbourne/id268009285?uo=5
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