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LIVE AT BUDOKAN (DVD)
Released: 2002, Epic Records
Reviewer: Celtic Bob
This concert is a complete ride on the Ozzy Train and once you start you can’t get off. From the minute I put this DVD on I was captivated. Very rarely do I put on a concert that grabs me like this one did. I just sat there, cranked it and kicked back to enjoy the show. (First choose the PCM audio mix as it is way clearer than the 5.1)
It begins with Ozzy’s usual stage language and phrases which do get a bit annoying after awhile but he’s Ozzy and he can say whatever the fuck he wants. First up is “I Don’t Know” and the performance is flawless, Zakk is amazing and Oz is in top form and sounds better than ever. The additions of Mike Bordin (Faith No More) & Robert Trujillo appear to work quite well but I can’t help but waiting for them to break into “Epic”. Maybe I’m just crazy? Who knows?
Throughout the disc Ozzy covers just about all bases from his lengthily career but leaves out selections from some albums. There are several selections from his last studio album DOWN TO EARTH including “Gets Me Through” which at the end he does the band intros before leading into “Suicide Solution” which contains a mind blowing solo from Zakk Wylde. Just this solo alone is almost worth the price of admission. During which he plays the opening riff of “Miracle Man” but then veers off into more amazing work (complete with playing with his teeth) before doing a bit of the American National Anthem. He’s truly an underrated guitarist outside the metal world.
The show taped this past spring in Japan features 4 tracks from his NO MORE TEARS album and only 3 from his latest offering which he is supposed to be promoting. This seems a little odd to me, I would probably have another track or two from the new album in the set and at least one less from NMT. Apart from that minor complaint the DVD is amazing and you should have it in your collection.
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