Ozzy Osbourne's Live Releases: The Definitive Ranking

Now that the Prince of Darkness is embarking on his final tour, we assess his solo live output from the 'iTunes Festival' to 'Tribute'

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2. 'Ozzy Live' (2012)

First released as bonus content on the 2011 reissue of Diary of a Madman, this now-standalone compilation of Randy Rhoads–era live recordings was a perfect reminder of why he was such an integral part of Ozzy's early-Eighties sound. Unlike on Tribute, Rhoads' guitar is front and center in the mix and his playing still sounds like it leaps off his strings, especially during his "Suicide Solution" extended solo. The recording also features some of Ozzy's best vocal performances; he sounds positively giddy on "Crazy Train" and "Steal Away (the Night)." Since audio from this recording isn't online, we've included a 1981 performance of "Mr. Crowley" above, filmed for a Rochester, New York, TV show, though it doesn't hold a candle to the one on Ozzy Live

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