* Osbourne album remix prompts class action:
- After bassist Bob Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake filed lawsuits demanding royalties over their performances in two Ozzy Osbourne albums, “Blizzard of Ozz” and “Diary of a Madman”, recording executives remastered the albums to strip out their performances and replace them with performances by Robert Trujillo and Mike Bordin for the 2002 reissue. Now Illinois fan Anthony Wester has sued Sony Entertainment and Epic Records, saying he felt misled and cheated to learn of the substitution, and his lawyer wants class-action status for the suit. (Steve Patterson, “‘Remastered’ Osbourne albums a snow job, fan’s suit charges”, Chicago Sun-Times, Feb. 21; “Bassist, drummer cut from Ozzy album remixes, fan sues”, AP/AZCentral.com, Feb. 23). -
This doesn’t appear to be the 2002 remaster, but let it be known again that “business ethics” is a contradiction in terms. Never underestimate the hidden powers that be.