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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 03:10 PM
I was just starting my journey into hard rock and heavy metal when these two fine albums were released. I was just wondering which one you think is the better record. My choice would be Blizzard as I see it as more of a total album. While I think the first side of Heaven and Hell rivals any half an album, Blizzard of Ozz is awesome from song one throughout. I'm just glad that history brought us the breakup of Sabbath at this time so we could be treated to two of the finest metal albums ever made. Just my opinion.

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 03:20 PM
Good topic. Those two albums essentially made up the soundtrack of the summer between 8th grade and Freshmen year. I had both, of course, and as I was pretty much the "music geek" of our group, I'd usually be the one to bring the tapes (or albums, to house parties) to wherever the action was. I was a big Rainbow fan, so I pretty much gave Heaven and Hell equal play, but the crowd in general liked Blizzard of Oz better. I don't know which I preferred personally, Blizzard was the album that introduced the world at large to Randy Rhodes, after all, but I'll tell you one thing - I still listen to Heaven and Hell on a regular basis. Blizzard of Oz I don't even own (or particularly care).

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 03:23 PM
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- I still listen to Heaven and Hell on a regular basis. Blizzard of Oz I don't even own (or particularly care).


i was going to say that same thing.

i'll still give Heaven and Hell a listen, just did last week..........but Bliz of Oz hasnt been out in about five years.

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I'm just glad that history brought us the breakup of Sabbath at this time so we could be treated to two of the finest metal albums ever made. Just my opinion.


uhm, if sabbath broke up then, errrr.....why is Heaven and Hell still a Sabbath album? huh? HUH?????


did you mean perhaps Holy Diver vs. Bliz of Oz?

in that case i'm still going with DIO.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 03:32 PM
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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 03:36 PM
Heaven and Hell....Randy Rhoads was good, but I prefered the guitar stylings of Iommi much more.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 04:11 PM
mmmmmmmmmmmmmnnnnnnnnnnnnn yummmmmmmm

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 04:19 PM
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- I still listen to Heaven and Hell on a regular basis. Blizzard of Oz I don't even own (or particularly care).


i was going to say that same thing.

i'll still give Heaven and Hell a listen, just did last week..........but Bliz of Oz hasnt been out in about five years.

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I'm just glad that history brought us the breakup of Sabbath at this time so we could be treated to two of the finest metal albums ever made. Just my opinion.


uhm, if sabbath broke up then, errrr.....why is Heaven and Hell still a Sabbath album? huh? HUH?????


did you mean perhaps Holy Diver vs. Bliz of Oz?

in that case i'm still going with DIO.


I think you know what I meant Linnie.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 04:26 PM
I will take any Dio work over Ozzy anyday..

 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 04:40 PM
I still listen to both. I just broke out Heaven and Hell because I'm going to see Dio/Sabbath in March at Radio City. I never got to see them with Dio in the 80s. I do though, have a special place in my heart for Ozzy as he was the third concert I ever attended in the summer of 1981 at Nassau Coliseum. Here is a picture of the late, great Randy Rhodes from that very show. What a loss to the music world.

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 04:42 PM
Don't make me choose!!

 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 05:19 PM
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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 06:13 PM
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Ditto.

I say pour yourself a tasty libation, put 'em both in your multi play CD player, hit shuffle, turn up the volume and rock out.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 06:47 PM
as a kid, I wore out my Blizzard of Oz tape... I loved that album. That one and Diary of a Madman.

I was in 4th grade. My parents were like "WTF did we do to our kid to warrant this????"

 

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Ditto.

I say pour yourself a tasty libation, put 'em both in your multi play CD player, hit shuffle, turn up the volume and rock out.


Now you're talking !!!

 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 09:09 PM
"Heaven & Hell" is more of an "overlooked" metal classic, while Blizzard IS a classic. Even the harshest critics of the Dio-line up have to give this album it's due-Iommi still had many tricks up his sleeve. The Dio line up had more to give, and too bad they never made another "Heaven & Hell" calibur album.

Heaven & Hell has grown on me more through the years-Blizzard of Oz is sort a bit Led Zeppelin-esque for me, where it seems like I've listened to it one too many times. For some reason, "Diary of a Madman" still sounds good-plus, Ozzy was making those ridiculous album covers then. I used to always get a kick out of Ozzy & Iron Maiden covers.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 09:21 PM
singing- Heaven and Hell
riffs-Heaven and Hell
lead guitar-Blizzard of Ozz
drumming- Tommy F'n Aldridge (nuff said)

both great but to pick an album...hmmm
I'd go with Woman and Children First by Van Halen
man was that a kickin summer

 

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singing- Heaven and Hell
riffs-Heaven and Hell
lead guitar-Blizzard of Ozz
drumming- Tommy F'n Aldridge (nuff said)

both great but to pick an album...hmmm
I'd go with Woman and Children First by Van Halen
man was that a kickin summer



Heaven and hell. By the way the drummer on blizzard of oz was Lee Kerslake, not Tommy Aldridge. Tommy was the touring drummer. And yes, he does freeking rock.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2007 at 01:38 AM
They are both awesome albums. I think Finsky nails it when he mentions that blizzard got much more airplay and "crazy Train" has never gone away. Although there are some tunes off it that never ger played. Revelation (Mother Earth) Steal Away (The Night) are amazing.

I got an advance copy of Blizzard Of Oz before it was released. I was sad that Ozzy was out of Sabbath until i put it on for the first time. I couldn't believe how good the album was. Much better than the first 3-4 sabbath albums IMO. Ozzy sounded better and the ideas were fresh. Plus Randy Rhoads blew me away. i told friends that this guy was the next "big" thing in guitar. A short time later I was proved right. Then I saw him live and was completely blown away. It was the show recorded that later was released as "Tribute". Amazing show. Best I have ever heard Ozzy ever sing out of all the times I saw him. Randy just blew. got to chat with him for a bit. real nice guy. Shame and a great loss for rock and roll. We never got to see even a portion of what he had to offer.

For those reasons I have to take Blizzard. But I still play them both on occasion. Usually playing along on guitar when I get that metal urge.

 

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They are both awesome albums. I think Finsky nails it when he mentions that blizzard got much more airplay and "crazy Train" has never gone away. Although there are some tunes off it that never ger played. Revelation (Mother Earth) Steal Away (The Night) are amazing.

I got an advance copy of Blizzard Of Oz before it was released. I was sad that Ozzy was out of Sabbath until i put it on for the first time. I couldn't believe how good the album was. Much better than the first 3-4 sabbath albums IMO. Ozzy sounded better and the ideas were fresh. Plus Randy Rhoads blew me away. i told friends that this guy was the next "big" thing in guitar. A short time later I was proved right. Then I saw him live and was completely blown away. It was the show recorded that later was released as "Tribute". Amazing show. Best I have ever heard Ozzy ever sing out of all the times I saw him. Randy just blew. got to chat with him for a bit. real nice guy. Shame and a great loss for rock and roll. We never got to see even a portion of what he had to offer.

For those reasons I have to take Blizzard. But I still play them both on occasion. Usually playing along on guitar when I get that metal urge.


I agree about Ozzy's voice. It was in fine form on that first solo tour. Every time I saw him after that it was just a gradual downward spiral for Ozzy's pipes. I had tickets for an Ozzy show at MSG for the Diary of a Madman tour. Randy died two weeks before that show. When I went to the make up show a month later Ozzy sounded terrible. Saw him with Sabbath about five years ago and his voice was totally shot. I respect the man and love some of the music he created, but I think it's time for Ozzy to hang it up, kick back and take it easy.

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Heaven or Hell...........not a fan off Ozzy after the breakup.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2007 at 07:07 AM
I'll take "Diary Of A Madman" instead!
 

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  posted on 1/29/2007 at 08:13 AM
Can't live without EITHER of them.......Heaven & Hell was the first Sabbath cassette I owned, and Blizzard of Ozz just ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!It should prove most interesting to actually see a Sabbath concert and not hear Ronnie's interpretation of any Ozzy songs, if that rumour proves to be true........
 

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  posted on 1/29/2007 at 04:15 PM
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Ditto -- the soloing on Suicide Solution -- amazing
Ozzy was in good form in this era -- Bark at the Moon deserves a mention too.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2007 at 04:16 PM
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Ditto -- the soloing on Suicide Solution -- amazing
Ozzy was in good form in this era -- Bark at the Moon deserves a mention too. Kind of lost me after The Ultimate Sin though

 

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  posted on 1/29/2007 at 04:39 PM
I gotta confess here. Never heard either of them. Never got into metal - except, of course, the original Sabbath - which is tame compared to today's shred-masters.

 

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