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  • 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