OZZY OSBOURNE: Diary Of A Mad Scam?!

March 31, 2002

A minor controversy has erupted among die-hard OZZY OSBOURNE fans over the upcoming reissue of the singer's classic solo debut, Blizzard of Ozz, which is currently slated to come out through the Sony label on April 9th. Billed as a digitally remastered version of the original master tapes, the new expanded edition reissue apparently no longer contains the original bass and drum tracks by Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake, respectively, and instead features contributions from bassist Robert Trujillo and drummer Mike Bordin, both of whom are in OZZY's current backing band.

Although no official reason was given for the addition of the newly-recorded bass and drum tracks to the original guitar and vocal performances, it is believed that Daisley and Kerslake's $20 million lawsuit against OSBOURNE alleging a failure to properly compensate and credit the duo for their songwriting contributions to the aforementioned album had all but insured that the pair would not give their consent to a re-release of the 1981 LP in its original form, thereby necessitating a deletion of their tracks from the final product.

Following his appearance on Blizzard Of Ozz, Daisley went on to work with OZZY on the Bark At The Moon, No Rest For The Wicked, and No More Tears albums. During his time with OSBOURNE, Daisley also scored co-songwriting credit on tracks like "Crazy Train", "Mr. Crowley", "I Don't Know", "Crazy Babies", and others.

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