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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1. 'Tribute' (1987)

Ozzy had intended to put out this double LP of live recordings from the Diary of a Madman tour as the original Speak of the Devil release, but he ultimately didn't feel right doing so in the wake of Rhoads' tragic death. He finally decided to release it when Rhoads' mother, Delores, told Ozzy that she had been inundated with requests for live recordings that featured her son. Issued on the five-year anniversary of the plane accident, Tribute is the only solo Ozzy release to feature a double billing, placing Rhoads' name alongside his. Rhoads' playing throughout is marvelous, with fiery solos on "Mr. Crowley," "Crazy Train" and a breathtaking extended bow in the middle of "Suicide Solution." The renditions of "Iron Man," "Children of the Grave" and "Paranoid" are raucous and fresh, since Rhoads reportedly wasn't a Black Sabbath fan and decided to put his own spin on them. The record also contains some of Ozzy's best vocal performances, as he sounds positively rejuvenated after surviving his dismissal from Black Sabbath. It's the sound of a man reborn, paired with the foil he'd been waiting for his whole life. And it's one of those rare live albums that leaves you wanting more. 

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