You probably can’t tell just by reading this, but I just crapped my pants. Yes indeed, I love this album so much that I crap my pants just thinking about it. My pants are literally filled to the brim with my own crap because THIS IS MY FAVORITE HEAVY METAL ALBUM OF ALL TIME!
The lineup is the same as Blizzard Of Ozz; Osbourne, Rhoads, Daisley, and Kerslake. By the time the album came out, Daisley and Kerslake had been replaced by Rudy Sarzo and Tommy Aldridge. That is why Sarzo and Aldridge are featured in the album’s liner notes and photos. (Basically Daisley and Kerslake got hosed.)
Rhoads’ enormous talent shines through, trumping his already legend-making performance on Blizzard Of Ozz. The powerful Over The Mountain and Flying High Again introduce the record. They are probably the album’s best-known cuts. Yet, deep tracks like the eerie Little Dolls and the brilliant ballad Tonight are equally potent, as is the genuinely scary title track. The song Diary Of A Madman is a disturbing lyrical take on mental illness that is matched in intensity only by Rhoads’ haunting composition. Ozzy shines once again on vocals and together with his incredible band delivers a dark, timeless masterpiece. My score: A+
- In 2002, Diary Of A Madman was re-released with the original bass and drum tracks of Daisley and Kerslake erased and replaced by new tracks performed by different musicians (the same treatment given to Blizzard Of Ozz). I recommend avoiding that version and instead hunting down the 1995 remastered version (the one with the large “Ozzy” text going down the right side of the cover). The 1995 version sounds absolutely perfect!
- Diary Of A Madman is certified 2 x platinum in the States.
Tracks: Over The Mountain, Flying High Again, You Can’t Kill Rock And Roll, Believer, Little Dolls, Tonight, S.A.T.O., Diary Of A Madman