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Review: Ozzy Osbourne - Live and Loud
Ozzy Osbourne
Live and Loud

Label: Sony
Year released: 1993
Duration: 112 min.

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: October 28, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Live and Loud

Rated 4.55/5 (90.91%) (11 Votes)

This video was made during Ozzy's "No More Tours" tour, at the time deemed his "farewell tour". Well he's going on tour again soon so I guess that wasn't exactly his last your. ;) Not surprisingly, Ozzy had the monetary means to put together a very professional video here and this is what you get: very good sound and image, lots of effects, cameras from various angles, outdoor footage (people arriving at the show etc. - lots of hot women!) Sometimes between songs there's some kind of... hmmm... "play" going on where you see Ozzy in his hotel room bitching about stuff. Personally I think I could have done without that, it's not really funny (if it was meant to be.) Anyway, that's only a very small portion of the video and it doesn't take anything away from the excellent concert footage shown here. Ozzy brings very large crowds and it's always very impressive to see thousands of fans getting into the music. Whether you like Ozzy or not, his abilities as a frontman cannot be denied: He knows how to get people to respond and get into it. Hell, at one point he mentions that he wasn't supposed to perform that night because of the flu. I wish I had that kind of energy when I have a flu.

The set-list is pretty good although it does include post-Ultimate Sin songs (of course...) which I never really got into. That's really a matter of personal taste. Some highlights of the show are the performances of "Mr. Crowley", "I Don't Know", "Flying High Again", "Suicide Solution", "Shot in The Dark", "Bark At The Moon" and "Crazy Train". Not to forget some Black Sabbath classics such as "War Pigs", "Paranoid" and "Black Sabbath", this last one played with the Black Sabbath lineup (Iommi & cie) - excellent. "Black Sabbath" has to be one of the most haunting songs ever recorded. Ok I listed over half the set-list as highlights, so that gives you an idea of how good this show is. The other songs are also very good: "I Don't Want To Change The World", "Desire", "Road To Nowhere", "Goodbye To Romance", "No More Tears", "Miracle Man", "Mama, I'm Coming Home" and finally "Changes" ends almost two hours of pure heavy metal mania.

Definitely worth getting for any self-respecting metalhead, this is one hell of a performance by one of the originators and best-known figures of metal. This is also available on DVD.

Additional Information

- Total of 18 songs

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