Red and Black Marbled Vinyl LP. Sony BMG
You can almost feel Ozzy Osbourne's determination to prove critics wrong on his solo work from this era. Diary of a Madman was released in 1981, just three years after the Prince of Darkness was thrown out of Black Sabbath due to the extent of his drink and drug problems. It should go without saying you have to take things pretty far to wind up an evictee from one of heavy metal's most full-throttle outfits. Nevertheless, it happened, so by the time this record arrived there was a clear desire to show people that was a temporary setback.
At the same time, there's also an element of sending himself - and that reputation - up here, preempting the comic book caricature of Evil Ozzy we would come to recognise, and love, in later years. Musically, it's as it should be - atmospheric, eerie, and packed with the classical-leaning guitar work of the late, great Randy Rhoads. 3million copies sold and counting, say no more.
|Side 1 - Track 1. Over The Mountain|
|Side 1 - Track 2. Flying High Again|
|Side 1 - Track 3. You Can't Kill Rock & Roll|
|Side 1 - Track 4. Believer|
|Side 2 - Track 1. Little Dolls|
|Side 2 - Track 2. Tonight|
|Side 2 - Track 3. SATO|
|Side 2 - Track 4. Diary Of A Madman|