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  • RB: DLC 06/15/10 – The Ozzy Six-Pack

    Posted on June 7th, 2010 Simon No comments

    And I totally called it!  It was only a matter of time before one of my predictions was accurate.  Since releasing Rock Band DLC and retail albums on the same day/week has become so trendy in the last two years, quite simply I just check Metacritic, lining up the release dates, and make a best guess as to what the most likely candidates are.   Ozzy is a shameless promoter and since his new album is out on Tuesday, it seemed like a pretty good bet.   Turns out….

    On Tuesday, June 15, Ozzy Osbourne makes his ‘official’ debut in Rock Band.  You may be thinking “Wait a minute, Ozzy is already in Rock Band”.  You may then recall that the original Rock Band 1 disc had a pretty decent cover of  “Paranoid” by Black Sabbath, and later the Black Sabbath track pack which was, again, all covers.   It’s true that Ozzy’s music has been in the game since the beginning, but this is his first official appearance.   Harmonix is treating us to a few tracks from his brand new album, as well as some of his hits from the latter half of his solo career.

    • Ozzy Osbourne – “Crazy Babies”
    • Ozzy Osbourne – “Diggin’ Me Down”
    • Ozzy Osbourne – “I Don’t Wanna Stop”
    • Ozzy Osbourne – “Let Me Hear You Scream”
    • Ozzy Osbourne – “No More Tears”
    • Ozzy Osbourne – “Soul Sucker”

    John Michael Ozzy Osbourne is also known as the “Godfather of Heavy Metal”, the “Prince of Darkness”, and to Brutal Legend fans “The Guardian of Metal”; Ozzy rose to fame as the iconic and controversial front-man of Black Sabbath.  After multiple platinum selling records, Ozzy was fired from the group and embarked on his solo career.  Over the years he has teamed up with many legendary guitarists, including Randy Rhoads, Jake E. Lee and Zakk Wylde, while continuing to revolutionize the genre throughout the 80’s and 90’s.   Ozzy has stated in his 2009 autobiography that this will be his final record and tour, and 2010’s Scream is a reunion album of sorts which has many of his former contributors and band-mates making appearances.

    As for the song selection, certainly “Crazy Babies” and “No More Tears” were popular hits of their time, but the rest of the music sounds a bit formulaic, perhaps a bit like they were manufactured in a computer lab, and are missing the distinct “Ozzy-ness” that I associate with his earlier work.   I do love the riff on “Tears” so that one is a must-have for me.

    In my opinion, this is very likely to be his first and only appearance in the game.  Guitar Hero has a small handful of his songs (notably a re-recording of Crazy Train), but the lion-share of his hits from the 80’s and early 90’s are mired in legal proceedings surrounding unpaid royalties.  Classic albums like ’82’s Speak of the Devil and ’86’s The Ultimate Sin (to name a few) are currently unavailable from any source and have been essentially pulled from his catalogue.  Couple this with the reported troubles with releasing 20th anniversary editions of these early masterpieces (you guessed it, poorly archived master tapes), there doesn’t seem to be a great case for further DLC from his repertoire.

    Enjoy the Ozzy!  Next Next Week’s Predictions:  Oh Please let it be DANZIG.

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