Ozzy Osbourne – “Mr. Crowley” (1980)

Ozzy!  This was a 12” EP featuring three tracks; Mr. Crowley, You Said It All, and Suicide Solution.  The tracks were “recorded live on stage” (according to the text on the cover).  Whether or not they were performed before an actual audience is another question.  It is believed that You Said It All was recorded during sound check (with crowd noise added during production).  For all I know, the other two tracks could also have been recorded during sound check, too.

There were a few versions of this three-track EP.  The first version is the one depicted on the left.  It came out in 1980 and was called Mr Crowley (note the absence of the period after “Mr”).  It is kind of confusing to me whether the name of the band was “Ozzy Osbourne” or “Blizzard Of Ozz” (or some combination of the two) at the time.  Note the actual record label, depicted in the photo gallery below, shows the band name as “Blizzard Of Ozz”.  I think the intent was to call Ozzy’s new band “Blizzard Of Ozz”, but for whatever reason it wound up being called “Ozzy Osbourne” after 1980.  Probably a business decision (or ego decision).  (Another note: the record plays at 45-rpm despite what the label says.)

Another version of the EP, containing the exact same tracks, was called Live E.P. (see photos in the gallery section).  It had a different front cover, but a similar back cover.  I believe this was a Canadian release.

A third version, a picture disc called Mr. Crowley, was released in 1982 as a collector’s item.  It had pics of Ozzy on the vinyl (outtakes from the Diary Of A Madman cover shoot).  The back cover was the same pic as the front of the Live E.P. (see pics below).

My Worthless Opinion: As an Ozzy fan, this is a VERY noteworthy release for me because of the inclusion of the rare, non-LP cut, You Said It All.  Performed by the original “Blizzard Of Ozz” line-up of Osbourne, Rhoads, Kerslake, and Daisley, You Said It All is an essential track from this incredible four-piece (probably my favorite line-up in all of ’80s metal).  It is a relatively conventional rocker, and probably a bit “brighter” than anything on Blizzard Of Ozz.  The original studio versions of Mr. Crowley and Suicide Solution appeared previoulsy on the Blizzard Of Ozz LP.  The live versions found on this EP are nice (a bit slower in tempo than the originals), but not essential as they are not significantly different from the album versions.  My score: A

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4 thoughts on “Ozzy Osbourne – “Mr. Crowley” (1980)

  1. In reference to pic-disc (front) above–my picture disc doesn’t say Diary of a Madman on it. Are there misprints? Mine is a 1981-82 copy.

    • I honestly don’t know. There may be different pressings with some changes, but to my knowledge there aren’t any versions that are considered highly valuable. Good question, sorry i don’t have a great answer.

  2. Did anyone ever find an answer to this question? I’m trying to find some info. I have a copy that does say Diary of a Madman. I was looking on eBay to see if it was worth anything, and I see most copies do not say it. There was only 2 copies that did say it and both the sellers were from England. I bought mine new at a record store in Florida around 1986. Different versions for the imports maybe? Thanks for any help.

  3. Mine says Diary of a madman on it and is a 1980 Netherlands release. I am researching it now to see what I can find out.

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