OZZY OSBOURNE – BLIZZARD OF OZZ AND DIARY OF A MADMAN RE-ISSUE (Review)

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Well if your not an Ozzy fan than this might escape you: Ozzy’s Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman were the blueprint to 1980′s metal. After being too boozed out to continue with Black Sabbath Ozzy got very lucky (thanks to Sharon) when he found Randy Rhoads in a then little known Slade type band from Los Angeles called Quiet Riot. What would follow was dove head biting madness to the tune of two amazing records. Fast forward to 1986 when original Bass and Drummer Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake sued for owed royalties and won! So in 2002 they were replaced on the original recordings by Robert Trujillo (Mettalica) and Mike Bordin. Booooooo Sony, Sharon and Ozzy (yes you too Mr. I had nothing to do with it, yet I let it happen.) If you have copies of the 2002 versions please throw them out as they are garbage and an insult to every unsung studio musician. Now the good news! These remastered versions of the originals are awesome! For the first time you can really hear every single note of Randy Rhoads guitar mastery. Ozzy’s voice was  inspired then and thankfully included with the box set addition is a CD of never before released live material where it is obvious that Ozzy and Randy were magic together. Also included with the box set is a DVD entitled Thirty Years After The Blizzard which includes Zakk Wylde playing some of Randy’s best licks and comments for Sharon as well as friends Lemmy etc. It’s like a documentary and it’s just okay. I am told that the DVD comes with over 30 minutes of live footage from a bootleg of their infamous New York Palladium gig on May 2nd 1981. Sadly it was not included on my promo copy but there are a few clips in the documentary that are very cool. Bottom line is that this box set which will include vinyl as well as CD’s and a DVD is a must for all Ozzy fans. It sounds great and it brings back an era that will never return. I Don’t Know,Crazy Train,Goodbye To Romance, Over The Mountain, Flying High again and You Can’t Kill Rock And Roll… Need I really say more?

3.5 (out of 5)

J.S.L.

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SHE WANTS REVENGE – VALLEYHEART (Review)

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Wow 2011 is off to an amazing start. She Wants Revenge is a 80′s-90′s throwback for sure and a dang good one. Here it is real simple if you like: Peter Murphy, Jesus Jones, U2 (early era) The Cure, Lords Of The New Church or Talk-Talk for that matter you will really dig She Wants Revenge. The new album Valleyheart available everywhere on May 25th is a love story to my home the San Fernando Valley so of course I was psyched to hear it. Valleyheart does not disappoint!  She Wants Revenge is driven by Justin Warfield on Vocals, Guitars and Programming and Adam Bravin on Bass, Keys, Sounds and Tones. Rounding out the sound are associates Scott Ellis on Drums and Thomas Frogatt on extra Guitars. All the songs on Valleyheart are great with fun dark pop hooks and moody lyrics. If you need a starter kit then go with Kiss Me and Must Be The One. If those tracks don’t get you than this record isn’t for you my friend. As much as I applaud all things new I can just as easily slide into a record like Valleyheart close my eyes and be transported to a smoke filled nightclub with strobe lights, women with fishnets and black lipstick and skinny men who dance epileptic. Check youtube for Must Be The One official video co starring Deborah Foreman the lead from the original Valley Girl movie! This is a fun ride people, climb on board! 

4.5 (out of 5)

J.S.L.

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dredg – Chuckles And Mr. Squeezy (Review)

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AMAZING RECORD ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dredg (always seen in lower case for some art fruity reason I’m sure) Chuckles And Mr. Squeezy is a fantastic record! If you like any of these bands you must buy this when it comes out on May 3rd: U2 (October era), Radiohead (back when they really played guitar), Portishead, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Coldplay, Peter Gabriel… ya dig? All of these bands floating through my mind while listening without dredg ever really sounding like anything other than themselves, how cool is that? Fantastical production by Dan The Automator who is a force to be reckoned with. The collaboration between band and producer is very obvious and a wonder to behold. For the second time in one year I have heard proof positive that new technology can be utilized to make amazing art. In the old days the worst thing a band could hear was “I don’t hear a single” Well I hear ten singles (out of eleven songs)! Every song has its own complete feel while never straying far from the vision. Gavin Hayes has an almost conversational way of singing and his pronunciation is perfect without sounding affected. Gavin has a very comfortable voice that matches well with the thoughtful lyrics. Mark Engles is a super tasty guitar played who has aural sculpting down to a science while the rhythm section of Drew Roulette on warm tone Bass and Dino Campenella on real and imagined drums completes this band. I’m not going to bother talking about the songs because they are all great. If this band does not see commercial success in 2011 then something is very wrong. All I can say to dredg is THANK YOU for a wonderful experience that I will cherish and be happy to add to my best records category. This record could be no better than it is.

5 (out of 5)

J.S.L.

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