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Live At Budokan (DVD)
Released: 2002, Sony
Many words came to mind immediately upon seeing/hearing this disc. Premature. Amateur. Immature. Bad. The sixth Live Ozzy release is fundamentally flawed in all areas from concept, execution and presentation. Just plain bad. Here’s why.
It is too early. Some will say, “Well it has been 10 years since the last Ozzy live album”. Granted. However, there have only been two studio albums in that entire time. Premature and unnecessary. Obviously a lame, major label cash grab to cash in on his current popularity.
Whoever put this together (Sharon, probably) did a lousy job. A live CD in theory is supposed to be a representation of recent studio material. Well, why then are there NO songs from Ozzmosis, one of the two studio albums he is supposed to be representing? The track listing is bad. Ten songs duplicated from the last Ozzy Live album and another one from a previous live album.
Little or no thought was put into this CD. Amateur.
The performances on this are pretty poor. Shambling old Ozzy belts his way through the few songs left that he can remember and with the help of his teleprompter. (Yes, Ozzy uses a teleprompter live to help him remember the lyrics) Having him read/sing songs that once had life and passion is both sad and hard on the ears. There is virtually no crowd banter indicating that Ozzy likely had no clue where he was at the time. His inane stage rap has not changed going on 15 years. If I hear, “I love you all”, or “Let’s go Fucking Crazy”, or “Let me see your hands in the air” one more time… You think the elder statesman (or his handlers) of rock and metal would be able to come up with something slightly different…but alas, no. Immature and weak performance.
And finally the packaging is eye catching but pretty badly done, obviously thrown together very quickly with no lyrics, almost no live shots, and lots of pictures of Ozzy hanging around with army guys. Do I need to see ANOTHER picture of good ol’ topless Ozz with his armpits the focus? No. The two unreleased bonus studio tracks which were supposedly slated for this release are not here giving us nothing new or special.
There is one redeeming feature. Sonically this album is pretty decent, almost studio quality, but that is what money will do for ya, a great sounding CD, nothing more. I’m not going to be so crude as to call for his retirement but this album like I said is Premature, amateur, immature and bad.
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