The first two solo albums from metal legend Ozzy Osbourne have gone through a serious remastering recently, and the official release dates and complete details of both albums have now been revealed on his official site. The iconic records Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman are being re-released individually, or together in a box set with lots of extra goodies. We've got more info on the revamped releases below the fold, so hit the jump and find out what's in store!
Ozzy originally released his first post-Black Sabbath solo project Blizzard in 1980 to huge success (it's gone quadruple-platinum by now), and followed up with Diary the next year. The two landmark records are beloved by the metal faithful as Osbourne's only studio projects recorded with the late, great Randy Rhoads on lead guitar (Rhoads was killed in a plane crash in 1982), with immortal tunes like "Crazy Train," "I Don't Know," "Mr. Crowley" and "Over the Mountain." Both albums were re-released previously, but with the original bass and drum tracks (by Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake, respectively) replaced with members of Ozzy's touring lineup at the time. That didn't go over so well with the fans, and thankfully these new editions have restored the original instrumentation.
The 30th Anniversary Edition of Blizzard of Ozz contains fully remastered versions (taken from the original analog sources) of the original nine tracks, plus the bonus b-side "You Looking at Me, Looking at You," the never-released cut "Goodbye To Romance" and the Rhoads solo track "RR." The Legacy Edition of Diary of a Madman doesn't have any bonus tracks, but comes with a second CD containing previously unreleased live performances. Both records will also be bundled in a boxed set including CD and vinyl versions, a 100-page coffee table book, a wall poster, and a replica of Ozzy's famous gold cross pendant. It also includes the DVD Thirty Years After the Blizzard, which contains rare footage of Ozzy and Randy, including a never-before-seen onstage segment from the New York Palladium concert on May 2, 1981, and several new interviews.
Everything is slated for release on Tuesday, May 31. Check out Ozzy's official site for more details and ordering info.