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1981. Diary of a Madman

 is the second solo album by vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. It was released on 7 November 1981, the album has sold over 3.2 million copies worldwide. 

Diary of a Madman is the final album recorded by guitarist Randy Rhoads, who perished in an airplane crash in early 1982. It also represents drummer Lee Kerslake’s final appearance with Osbourne. Although bassist Rudy Sarzo and drummer Tommy Aldridge are credited in the liner notes and pictured on the inner sleeve, it was bassist Bob Daisley and drummer Kerslake who performed all bass and drum parts on the original release. Aldridge has stated of the album, “I think it’s pretty obvious that it’s not my drumming on that album. I have never taken credit for that recording and have always given Lee Kerslake, whenever asked or interviewed, the credit he rightly deserves.

Daisley provided significant contributions to the album’s songwriting, having written some of the music and most of the lyrics. Drummer Kerslake claims to have also had a substantial hand in the writing of the album, even performing lead vocals on some of the original demo recordings. “”Flying High Again” was one of my ideas, “Over the Mountain” was another. The basic tracks were just Bob’s words, my vocals—though some of the words I wrote—and Randy’s playing. It was unreal. And then we got Don Airey to come in and do the keyboards”, he stated in 2009. Kerslake says he used a piano in the studio to write many of the songs with Rhoads.Daisley and Kerslake were not given credit for their performance or songwriting contributions, a situation which resulted in a later lawsuit.

Don Airey is credited for having played keyboards on this record, it was in fact a musician named Johnny Cook (who had worked with Daisley in Mungo Jerry) who recorded the keyboard parts, as Airey was on tour with Rainbow at the time.

   Ozzy Osbourne    Randy Rhoads     Bob Daisley     Lee Kerslake

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1983. Bark At The Moon

It is the first of Osbourne’s solo studio albums to not feature guitarist Randy Rhoads who was killed a year earlier in a plane crash. This album features former Mickey Ratt, Rough Cutt, and Dio guitarist Jake E. Lee.

This is the only Ozzy Osbourne album on which the songwriting credits are given solely to Osbourne. However, he stated several years later in the liner notes to The Ozzman Cometh that the title track was in fact co-written by Jake E. Lee. Osbourne’s bassist at the time, Bob Daisley, has stated that he co-wrote most of the music with Lee and wrote the vast majority of the lyrics. Due to legal issues, neither Lee nor Daisley’s names were listed in the songwriting credits. Daisley has stated, however, that he accepted a buyout from Osbourne in exchange for writing credit.

Ozzy Osbourne Jake E. Lee  Bob Daisley Tommy Aldridge  Don Airey

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1980. Blizzard Of Ozz

is the debut solo album by vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, recorded in Surrey, UK and released on 20 September 1980 in the UK and on 27 March 1981 in the US. The album was Osbourne’s first release following his departure from Black Sabbath and marks his second effort to begin a solo career (his first being in 1978 with members of Necromandus using the name ‘Blizzard of Ozz.

The album has sold over 6,000,000 copies to date worldwide, making it Osbourne’s best-selling solo album. In the UK, it was the first of four Osbourne albums to attain Silver certification (60,000 units sold) by the British Phonographic Industry, achieving this in August 1981. It also ranked 13th on a Guitar World readers poll. Osbourne readily admits that at the time the album was being recorded, he felt he was in direct competition with his former band, Black Sabbath.

At the time of the album’s recording, the band itself was billed as The Blizzard of Ozz, and the album was intended to be credited to the band with Osbourne’s name in smaller print. According to Daisley, “When the album was released the words ‘Ozzy Osbourne’ were in bigger print than ‘The Blizzard of Ozz’ which made it look like an Ozzy Osbourne album called ‘The Blizzard of Ozz’. Randy (Rhoads) was never one to rock the boat. He knew he was in a situation which was a good opportunity for him being relatively unknown, so when Lee (Kerslake) and I were ousted, Randy had no allies and the act became ‘Ozzy Osbourne’ and no longer a band.” Rhoads felt that he and Daisley were contributing the vast majority of the songwriting and arranging, and he had no interest in performing in a backing band for someone he felt wasn’t contributing as much. Drummer Kerslake has maintained that Rhoads almost left the band in late 1981, due to his displeasure. “He didn’t want to go (on tour with Osbourne). We told him we were thrown out. He said he was going to leave the band as he did not want to leave us behind. I told him not to be stupid but thanks for the sentiment,” the drummer later recalled.

Ozzy Osbourne   Randy Rhoads    Bob Daisley   Lee Kerslake   Don Airey 

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