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&at=11l9vR
  2. Mr. Crowleyhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=268009492&id=268009285&at=11l9vR
  3. I Don't Know [Live]http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=268009592&id=268009285&at=11l9vR
  4. Suicide Solutionhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=268009657&id=268009285&at=11l9vR
  5. Goodbye to Romancehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=268009709&id=268009285&at=11l9vR
  6. Over the Mountainhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=268009806&id=268009285&at=11l9vR
  7. Flying High Againhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=268009949&id=268009285&at=11l9vR
  8. Diary of a Madmanhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=268010024&id=268009285&at=11l9vR
  9. Paranoid [Live]http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=268010136&id=268009285&at=11l9vR
  10. Bark at the Moonhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=268010178&id=268009285&at=11l9vR
  11. You're No Differenthttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=268010308&id=268009285&at=11l9vR
  12. Rock 'N' Roll Rebelhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=268010616&id=268009285&at=11l9vR
  13. Crazy Babieshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=268010712&id=268009285&at=11l9vR
  14. Miracle Manhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=268010791&id=268009285&at=11l9vR
  15. Fire in the Skyhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=268010936&id=268009285&at=11l9vR
  16. Breakin' All the Ruleshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=268011161&id=268009285&at=11l9vR
  17. Mama, I'm Coming Homehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-ozzy-osbourne/id268009285?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. Desirehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-ozzy-osbourne/id268009285?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. No More Tearshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-ozzy-osbourne/id268009285?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. Time After Timehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-ozzy-osbourne/id268009285?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  21. Road to Nowherehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-ozzy-osbourne/id268009285?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  22. I Don't Want to Change the World [Live]http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-ozzy-osbourne/id268009285?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  23. Perry Masonhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-ozzy-osbourne/id268009285?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  24. I Just Want Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-ozzy-osbourne/id268009285?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  25. Thunder Undergroundhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-ozzy-osbourne/id268009285?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  26. See You on the Other Sidehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-ozzy-osbourne/id268009285?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  27. Gets Me Throughhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-ozzy-osbourne/id268009285?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  28. Dreamerhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-ozzy-osbourne/id268009285?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  29. No Easy Way Outhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-ozzy-osbourne/id268009285?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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