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  • speak of the devil is an under-rated and hard to find, if u are lucky to find this album it is a great listen every song is greatly done , ozzy took a pretty much unheard of guitarist in brad gill and showed the world that he could indeed play guitar.some people would say that ozzy put this album out for nonthing more then money,but the reason this album was even made was because the record company forced ozzy to put out another album, right after the tragic death of fellow guitarist and best friend randy rhoads , which is how this album got its name speak of the devil ( hints the record company) . they wanted ozzy to put out an album of randy rhoads on guitar, which was too soon and ozzy felt it would be disrespectful , so instead ozzy recorded a live concert with brad gill on guitar , who did a fantastic job and sent that to the company,ozzy himself says and i quote I dont give a f#$k about this album. That is why ozzy doesnt like this album and why it was done of all black sabbath songs, but still it is a great album , i was lucky and found it one day , bought it and couldnt stop listening to it.

    over all i give this album a 10/10

    Posted on December 9, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • The first live release from Ozzy came out at a troubling time. Ozzy was still coming to terms with the loss of his guitarist and best friend Randy Rhoads. Initially, the record company wanted live recordings of Ozzy & Randy released as Speak of the Devil, but coming so soon after the tragedy Ozzy didn’t want to do that. So, with his new guitarist Brad Gillis and his remaining members Rudy Sarzo on bass and Tommy Aldridge on drums, he recorded two shows at the Ritz in New York. Unfortunately, the fact that the album consisted only of Sabbath songs, he came under fire from his former band mates, as Black Sabbath’s ‘Live Evil’ was out at the same time. I don’t know if they played any ‘Blizzard’ or ‘Diary’ material with Brad Gillis or not. Personally, I’m kind of curious how he would have sounded on that. I wonder if there’s any recordings in a vault somewhere? Or, any recordings featuring Ozzy’s temporary guitarist Bernie Torme, who filled in between Randy and Brad Gillis? I think it’s cool to have alternate versions of these songs. The band did a good job on them, especially Rudy Sarzo’s bass, which is really up-front in the mix, and the bass lines audible. It’s too bad the rhythm section of Aldridge/Sarzo doesn’t play together as much anymore. They should do a side project some time.

    Posted on December 9, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This record is on its way to become a true rarity: deleted from the remastered Ozzy catalog, it is now only available as an import item or leftover from the `95 remaster. For years I hesitated about buying this, as I considered it to be something of an oddity, an apocryphal release of sorts, caught right in the no-man’s-land: it was an Ozzy solo record, but it contained no solo songs. Instead, it contained only Black Sabbath songs recorded during his US ‘82 tour at a show in New York, just a few months after Randy Rhoads tragic death.

    Being a major Randy fan, I really didn’t know what to make of this release, and I was frustrated `cause it wasn’t either a true Black Sabbath or Ozzy record, but rather some kind of hybrid. I didn’t know it at the time, but there were a lot of reasons that justified this release, at least for Ozzy: first, Ozzy had planned to release a live record featuring Randy, but the idea was scrapped after his untimely death.

    Second, Sharon and Ozzy were trying to negotiate his release from his original record deal with Sharon’s father, Don Arden, who was racking it up taking the lion’s share of the revenue generated by record sales; the contract demanded a final record, and it was decided to give him one full of Sabbath material as a retaliation, knowing full well that such a record could not compete with the potential sales of a brand new studio record.

    Third, Ozzy hated the poorly mixed, rush-released “Live at Last” album, which was released in Europe and constituted the only Sabbath live document at the time; and last but not least, Ozzy and Sharon heard that Sabbath were planning to release a live album with their (then) current lineup with Ronnie James Dio, so they thought this was a perfect occasion to annoy them. Finally, after listening to some of it and having my curiosity whet, I decided to get it and therefore complete my Ozzy collection. The end result? A live album that’s surprisingly good, sounding way better than “Live at Last”, on a par with “Live Evil” and miles ahead of “Reunion” (I can’t comment on “Past Lives” since I haven’t heard it).

    That being said, and especially if you compare this album with other Ozzy live releases (especially “Tribute”, which features live recordings only a year or so older), this one sounds a little too good, suspiciously good, at least as far as the vocals are concerned. I’m willing to bet that Ozzy punched-those-in in the studio. But that doesn’t really take away from the album, as the rest of the performance sounds quite honest, specially `cause there are noticeable glitches here and there! Remember folks, guitarist Brad Gillis had been in the band for a short time and had to rush-learn and rehearse the material, so very often in the recording, you can hear him having to resort to extensive use of his whammy bar in order to hide mistakes and find his way back in.

    But he ultimately pulls off an great job, masterfully backed by Rudy Sarzo on bass and Tommy Aldridge on drums, by far Ozzy’s best rhythm section ever. The band, for the most part, sounds tight and strong, making great performances of these Sabbath tracks, which remain for the most part quite respectul to the originals. As Ozzy himself points out, some of these songs, such as “The Wizard” and/or `Symptom of the Universe” were rarities seldom included in Sabbath’s set list, so this is a wonderful chance to hear those songs in a live context, “The Wizard” in particular being a highlight (at least it is for me).

    Some of the songs have minor changes in their structure, and I think I can hear at least one edit in there, but probably the thing that I was the most surprised of was to hear that Ozzy skipped singing the last part of “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath”, though: I mean, I understood his doing that for “Reunion” since he simply could no longer reach those high notes, but in 1982, I would have expected him to go for the big ones…oh well, no matter…

    Bottom Line: this is a CD worth checking out, if nothing else for its historical value, but I truly believe that Ozzy and Sabbath fans alike can truly enjoy this. This is the greatest live album Sabbath never made. Get it before it becomes unavailable.

    Posted on December 9, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This is an excellent live performance of Ozzy/Black Sabbath’s greatest hits. What’s cool is that there are many songs on this album that aren’t normally found outside their original recordings. “Never Say Die”, “The Wizard”, and “Symptom of The Universe” are killer hits that deserved their place on the performance stage. Ozzy and Brad Gillis know just how to do these cuts justice, and bring down the house with their performance. This is a clear, distinct recording, even including Ozzy talking to the crowd in-between songs. For anyone who has gone to an Ozzy Osbourne concert ,or anyone who’s never been able to make it, this album will get you into a head-banging, moshing mood.

    Posted on December 9, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • One thing you have to give Ozzy, he has always surrounded himself with the best musical talent around. And nobody, nobody, has ever played with as many legendary guitar players. Perhaps the one that gets talked about the least is Brad Gillis and anybody that has ever heard this album would have to scream why!? Gillis absolutley shreds, playing as energetic and crisp notes as I have ever heard. I have always felt that this album had to have been double tracked in the studio, but have later found out that it was all live, Gillis is a freak! It is too bad that Gillis did not opt to stay with Ozzy, especially since he left Oz to go do that NightRanger crap. If you like Ozzy and his Sabbath hits and love incredible guitar playing, you cannot go wrong with this album.

    Posted on December 9, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now