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Live At Budokan

Ozzy Osbourne - Live At Budokan ©2002 Epic
1. I Don't Know
2. That I Never Had
3. Believer
4. Junkie
5. Mr. Crowley
6. Gets Me Through
7. No More Tears
8. I Don't Want To Change The World
9. Road To Nowhere
10. Crazy Train
11. Mama, I'm Coming Home
12. Bark At The Moon
13. Paranoid

America's favorite "reality TV" star returns to grace us with his fifth live album, not including limited 12"s, compilation appearances, and those godawful Ozzfest CDs that seem to come out every other week. For the life of me, I can not come up with one good reason why this CD should exist.

Ozzy's band at the time of the recording (Zakk Wylde, Robert Trujillo, Mike Bordin, and John Sinclair) is in top form, and the hen-pecked icon himself turns in a solid performance, especially in contrast to his recent media portrayal. But fans have heard it all before...many, many times. Only three of the thirteen tracks are new to live albums, and these are all from Down To Earth, one of the most ridiculous pieces of tripe ever foisted on rock fans. Of the remaining ten, all except "Believer" were featured on the vastly superior Live And Loud, which also showcased Zakk Wylde's trademark guitar sound. And who exactly was thinking, "We need another live version of 'Paranoid'"?

So I must ask, why? Aside from Sharon needing some pocket money for a shopping spree, I have no idea. Incidentally, I found it interesting that the credits list Sharon Osbourne as executive producer in bold lettering. It is the only credit in bold lettering, including the band members. It is rare that I have a reaction that is equal parts insane hilarity and murderous rage, but this did the trick.

If you are a recent convert to Ozzy and want a good live album, get Live And Loud or Tribute. Longtime fans have no need of this rehash, except perhaps to continue their unbroken collection of Ozzy's releases. I shamefacedly hang my head, as I fall in the latter category.

Review by Scott Wilcox

Review date: 06/2003

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