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BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 1/7/17
On January 7, 1971, Black Sabbath released ‘Paranoid’ their iconic second studio album in the US. The album features the band’s best-known signature songs, including the title track, ‘Iron Man’ and ‘War Pigs’. Tonight I am featuring two of the Quadraphonic mixes of tracks from the “Super Deluxe Edition” that was released back in November.
BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ – XMAS EVE SPECIAL: 12/24/16
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BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 12/18/16
‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’ is the fifth studio album by Black Sabbath, released in December 1973. It was produced by the band and recorded at Morgan Studios in London in September 1973.
This is a remastering of the title track from Sabbath’s ’73 album ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’, using Vinyl LP as the source media. This song has been singled out for praise by many hard rock and heavy metal guitar players, with Slash from Guns N’ Roses stating to Guitar World in 2008, “The outro to ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’ is the heaviest sh!t I have ever heard in my life. To this day, I haven’t heard anything as heavy that has as much soul.” Brent Hinds of Mastodon agrees, telling Nick Bowcott in 2008, “The ‘dreams turn to nightmares, Heaven turns to Hell’ riff at the end of that song is unbeatable.”
Keyboardist Rick Wakeman of the band Yes (who were recording Tales from Topographic Oceans in the next studio) was brought in as a session player, appearing on “Sabbra Cadabra”. He refused payment from the band and was ultimately compensated with beer for his contribution. The members of Led Zeppelin, close friends of the band from their early days in Birmingham, showed up at the studio during ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’s recording. Drummer John Bonham was eager to play on “Sabbra Cadabra” but Sabbath preferred to play material other than their own for the occasion. In the end, the two bands had an improvised jam session which was recorded but has never been released. Metallica performed a “Sabbra Cadabra/A National Acrobat” medley on their Garage Inc. album.
BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 12/17/16
Winter is coming… (Hell, it’s already here!) Officially the first day of winter is this coming Wednesday, December 21st, and that’s the theme for tonight.
Badlands was a band founded by former Ozzy guitarist Jake E. Lee and former Black Sabbath members, the late Ray Gillen on vocals and drummer Eric Singer (currently in KISS). It also featured bassist Greg Chaisson. “Winter’s Call” is a track off of their self-titled debut album released in 1989. (Ross Ford and I are both BIG fans of Badlands!)
“Snowblind” is the 6th song on Vol. 4, the fourth studio album by Black Sabbath, from 1972. The song is about cocaine addiction. The band was doing a lot of drugs, especially a lot of cocaine while they were making this album. The band was going to use “Snowblind” as the title to the album, but the record company would not let them because of the drug reference.
In the liner notes of the album, the band thanks “The COKE-cola Company,” a tongue-in-cheek reference to the drug. Supposedly at that time the band was given a budget of $75,000 just for cocaine alone! This video is of Sabbath performing the song live on June 19, 1978 at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. Taken from the “Never Say Die” DVD
BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 12/11/16
Tonight I continue to pay tribute to both the late great John Lennon and Dimebag Darrell!
This Beatles song was covered on Under Cover, the ninth studio album by Ozzy Osbourne, that consists entirely of cover songs. It came out in November of 2005.
Pantera covered this on the album “The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys’ Vulgar Hits!”.
BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 12/10/16
December 8th is a very tragic date in rock history. It marks the day that both John Lennon and Dimebag Darrell Abbott were gunned down by deranged fans, 24 years apart. This weekend I pay tribute to two fallen rock heroes, taken from us, way too soon!
Pantera toured on Ozzfest as main stage acts twice; and the band members cite Black Sabbath as one of their favorite bands. They performed Sabbath’s “Electric Funeral” on the second Nativity in Black: Sabbath tribute album, released in 2000.
Ozzy recorded this version of John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero” for his 2005 collection Under Cover. It can also be found on the 2005 Prince of Darkness box set.
RANDY RHOADS TRIBUTE – BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 12/4/16
This Tuesday, December 6, 2016 would have been the late great Randy Rhoads 60th Birthday! Tonight we honor him with a couple of favorites!
This was Randy’s favorite track and the one that he was most proud of. It has a strong classical influence which demonstrates Randy’s ability to incorporate and blend it with Ozzy’s style of music. It is off ‘Blizzard of Ozz’, Ozzy’s debut solo album, released on 20 September 1980 in the UK and on 27 March 1981 in the US.
Every Randy Rhoads fan will tell you that this is hands down one of their all-time favorites! On this live version of “Suicide Solution”, Randy unleashes a jaw-dropping guitar solo that lasts over two minutes. Blisteringly fast, showing off his technical skills, while shredding in fluid beauty, live and in person. Randy’s guitar work is just amazing! That’s all I can say! You really have to hear it for yourself. The track is from ‘Tribute’ released in 1987 to honor Randy Rhoads. The recordings came from the Diary of a Madman Tour, which is the tour that Randy passed away on. Any fan of Randy-era Ozzy needs this album, as well as guitar players looking for inspiration!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY OZZY!!! BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 12/3/16
ON THIS DAY, A METAL LEGEND WAS BORN! Ozzy was born as John Michael Osbourne on December 3rd, 1948 in Aston, Birmingham, England. And the rest as they say… is Rock N’ Roll History!
Ozzy’s video for the song “Gets Me Through” from the ‘Down To Earth’ album. In the song Ozzy thanks his fans and attempts to set the record straight that his stage persona is precisely that and nothing more, stating, “I’m not the Anti-Christ or the Iron Man”.
From Ozzy’s ‘Black Rain’ album. Enjoy it while you still can!!! It has been getting pulled offline.
Ozzy Osbourne’s Birthday Concert at the Izod Center, NJ, on December 3rd, 2010.
BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 11/27/16
Speak of the Devil is a live album by Ozzy Osbourne. The album consists entirely of songs originally recorded by Black Sabbath. It was released on 27 November 1982. The album was entitled Talk of the Devil in the UK, that being the more commonly expressed idiom there.
Ozzy’s 1982 Live Album “Speak of the Devil (USA)”/”Talk of the Devil (UK)” was supposedly recorded live at the NYC Ritz on 9/26 and 9/27 of 1982. These two live videos that follow claim to be actual audience recordings of the September 26th 1982 show.
(It is almost impossible to find any actual videos with audio for this album listed on YouTube! They all claim, “It is not available in your country”. So, instead I have been forced to load these very low quality bootleg/fan recordings. If you really wanna hear it…JUST GO BUY THE ALBUM!!!)
The album sleeve states that it was recorded at The Ritz in New York on 26 and 27 September 1982, though this may not be entirely correct. Album producer Max Norman stated in 2007 that due to a limited budget, he had Ozzy and his band perform an entire show in the afternoon (of which day he wasn’t clear) with no audience. That performance was recorded in the event that the actual live performance that night was not of suitable quality for release. “At least we’ve got a choice and we’ll have more material to draw from”, he said. According to Norman, the finished album features three songs from that performance with crowd noise later added in post-production. Though Norman did not specifically identify which tracks he was referring to, he said “If you got nothing to do for a couple of days you could just lie there and listen to them in the headphones and figure out which songs had the real audience and which ones didn’t.” In the end this makes ‘Speak of the Devil’ just another in a long list of “live” albums that have benefited from studio enhancements.
BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 11/26/16
‘The Eternal Idol’ is the thirteenth studio album by Black Sabbath, released on November 23, 1987. It is the first Black Sabbath album to feature vocalist Tony Martin.
The album cover was intended to feature a picture of an Auguste Rodin sculpture from 1889 – also called “The Eternal Idol”; however, the album cover actually features two naked models covered in paint and positioned to resemble the piece of art because permission to photograph the actual sculpture could not be secured. The paint had toxic effects and the models had to go straight to hospital at the end of the photo shoot.