I Don't Wanna Change Your Opinions But...
Reijo Piippula | Turku, Finland | 02/25/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ozzy Osbourne has a long carriere. He has sung in Black Sabbath 10 years and 20 years solo. How good can one CD capture it? The album starts with two Black Sabbath classics...actually they are old basement recordings: "Black Sabbath" and "War Pigs". There's a great represention some of the albums...they have really chosen the best songs from some albums. I think "Mr. Crowley", "Crazy Train", "Over the Mountain", "Bark at the Moon", "Shot in the Dark", "No More Tears", "I Don't Want to Change the World", "Mama, I'm Coming Home" are excellent choices. "Crazy Babies" is a strange choice. "Miracle Man" was one his live classics, so I would prefer to it. Also "I Just Want You"? "Perry Mason" is an all-time classic, why isn't it here? "Goodbye to Romance" was Ozzy's first solo song, a kind of farewell song to Black Sabbath. It's not a good one but it had to be included here. "Paranoid" and "I Don't Want to Change the World" are great live versions. They are fast and powerful! The new song "Back on Earth" is kind of creepy one. I think it is one of the best songs Ozzy has ever sung.
Stars: Mama, I'm Coming Home, Back on Earth, Bark at the Moon, Crazy Train, Mr. Crowley
B. E Jackson | Pennsylvania | 10/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I originally wanted this CD because I was a HUGE Black Sabbath fan 6 years ago and the demo versions of the songs "Black Sabbath" and "War Pigs" really interested me. In fact, today I STILL dig the 4-track equipment used to create those songs. They sound muddy, but wonderful and spooky. Great trick or treat music! Just so you know, the quality of those two songs aren't anywhere near the quality of the versions released on their debut and Paranoid albums. If you enjoy Black Sabbath to an extreme level, you'll find yourself very interested in them, though. In a way, the demo version of "Black Sabbath" is better than the normal version we've heard a thousand times.
However, as the years went by I began to love Ozzy's solo career just as much. Many of his big hits are included here, but that doesn't really matter because Ozzy had a pretty spectacular solo career and just about ANY of his songs are good hard rock/heavy metal music, whether they were big hits or not. Ok, except for the ballads. But hey, I've always liked Ozzy ballads. The one here is really good, too.
With this disc you get a nice collection of songs. I think you'll find many of these songs continue to be enjoyable for many years."