Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Diary of a Madman Vinyl 8 Jet Records
Diary of a Madman 12" Vinyl 8 Jet Records JET LP 237, JET/LP 237 [none]
Diary of a Madman CD 8 Jet Records 20-000237-10, CDJET 237 5099700023728
Diary of a Madman CD 8 Jet Records ZK 37492 074643749220
Diary of a Madman CD 8 Jet Records 32DP 416 4988009519654
Diary of a Madman (22 Bit SBM Digital Re-master) CD 8 Epic EK 67236 074646723623
Diary of a Madman (22 Bit SBM Digital Re-Master) CD 8 Sony Music (global brand, excluding JP, owned by Sony Music Entertainment; for use as release label only when no sub-label/imprint is specified), Epic 02-481677-10, 481677 2, EPC 481677 2 5099748167729
Diary of a Madman CD 9 Epic EPC 502041 2 5099750204122
Diary of a Madman CD 9 Sony Music (global brand, excluding JP, owned by Sony Music Entertainment; for use as release label only when no sub-label/imprint is specified), Epic 5020412000, EPC 502041 2 5099750204122
Diary of a Madman CD 9 Epic EICP 780 4547366030464
Diary of a Madman (Legacy Edition) 2×CD 8 + 11 Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 88697 73821 2 886977382123
Diary of a Madman 2×CD 8 + 11 Epic EICP 1456-7 4547366059663
Diary of a Madman CD 8 Epic, Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 88697 87474 2 886978747426
Diary of a Madman Digital Media 8 Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 884977974553
Diary of a Madman 2×CD 8 + 11 Epic, Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 88985363622 889853636228
Diary of a Madman CD 8 Epic EPC 463086 2 5099746308629

Relationships

single/EP which was taken from: Over The Mountain
supporting tours: Diary of a Madman Tour
Allmusic: https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000191217 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/41160 [info]
Wikidata: Q730613 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Diary of a Madman (album) [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/ozzy_osbourne/diary_of_a_madman/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/17303/ [info]
reviews: https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/h3gb [info]

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Ozzy Osbourne's second solo album, Diary of a Madman, is a classic rock record in every way - monster guitars, Ozzy's eerie, wailing vocals, riffs so massive they slap you round the facce, and underpinning it all, pounding drum beats.

Released in 1982, the album has since been re-released twice, most recently in 2002 when the original bass and drum parts of Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake were re-recorded by Robert Trujillo and Mike Bordin, part of the fall-out from a messy legal dispute between Daisley, Kerslake and Osbourne. Fans of the original loudly objected to the change, but those coming to the album for the first time will hear a band that sounds tight and on the money.

The songs on this album are in the classic rock mold, but they are lifted out of the ordinary by the legendary rock axe God, Randy Rhoads. Diary Of A Madman was the last record he played on before his death while on tour with Osbourne, and his huge guitar sound is all over the record with power riffs and extended guitar solos crammed in at every opportunity.

Bonus live track I Don't Know perfectly showcases the live magnificence of Osbourne at his peak, with Rhoads giving a virtuoso performance. It makes you understand how the self-proclaimed 'Prince of Darkness' has kept his devoted fans over the past 30 years.

Title track, "Diary Of A Madman", combines strings with a minor key riff, creating a memorable slice of rock that is over-the-top in all the right ways, but other tracks such as "SATO" and "Little Dolls" are filler.

Rock ballad "Tonight" provides a welcome change and "You Can't Kill Rock and Roll" is a real stand-out track. "Flying High Again" has an almost-bluesy feel, and album-opener Over the Mountain sets the tone for the fast-paced, straight-forward rock on this album.

It might be a conventional rock record, but the thudderingly raucous guitars and the strangely ethereal and creepy vocals mean that it pushes all the right buttons. If you're a fan of Osbourne, add this one to your collection.