Ozzy Osbourne: Memoirs Of A Madman

Shedding light on the Prince Of Darkness’ career.

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All the hysteria that has surrounded the reunification of the disparate Black Sabbath strands over the past few years has rather overshadowed Ozzy’s enormous body of solo work. And just in case we needed reminding, this set is the jolt required.

It’s a double DVD that underpins Ozzy’s stunning legacy, in his own right. It spans all of his work, from those tentative early steps away from Sabbath – when most people expected him to trip over his addictions – to more recent ball bursting anthems.

The first disc is a collection of his videos. The fact that each song is memorable should come as no surprise, but the footage is far from the embarrassment you might have feared. The second disc has live performances – lots of them. The earliest is perhaps the best, as it features Randy Rhoads, Rudy Sarzo (bass), Tommy Aldridge (drums) and Don Airey (keyboards). Easily among the best metal bands of all time. There are also interview segments and studio footage, adding another dimension.

Naturally, you can’t expect to perfectly represent a 35-year span in a mere few hours. But this does a cracking job. Oh, and there’s also a 17-track CD available to add to the fun.

Malcolm Dome

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica, published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009.