AUGUST 2nd 2012
OZZY OSBOURNE: SPEAK OF THE DEVIL

Review by: Peter Ruttan

Finally Ozzy fans can rejoice!!! The "Speak of the Devil" video which first aired in 1982 on MTV on halloween night and originally was released in Japan on VHS. It then got passed around on the bootleg circuit or watched on youtube when the original went long out of print can now pick it up. Why did it take 30 years??!!!



What we have here is the line-up of Ozzy on vocals, guitarist Brad Gillis, bassist Rudy Sarzo, keyboard player Don Airey, and drummer Tommy Aldridge doing a 78 minute concert taped on June 12, at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater, in Irvine Meadows, CA. This was a mere three months after the tragic death of guitarist Randy Rhoads, with Brad Gillis (of Night Ranger fame) stepping in to replace Rhoads’ original replacement, Bernie Torme.

Most fans are familiar with the "Speak of the Devil", live album also released as "Talk of the Devil" in other countries. The set list is almost entirely solo Ozzy material with no bonus or special features on the DVD. Seven of the 14 tracks come from his 1980 solo debut, Blizzard of Ozz. Three more of them first appeared on the 1981 follow-up, Diary of a Madman. Only three tunes from his days with Sabbath. Those would be “Iron Man,” “Children of the Grave,” and “Paranoid.” Speak of the Devil digitally has been restored and remastered and is available in DTS and Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound. Although there are no special features, the DVD includes an eight-page booklet with color photos and the liner notes penned by former bassist Rudy Sarzo adding to the overall classy presentation of this landmark concert.



There were several cameras recording the show, so there are close-ups, shots from out in the audience, and at times, we see the band from the stage looking out into the audience. The stage set is pure awesome and alot of thought and hardwork went into creating a medieval castle with stained glass windows to create a true gothic Ozzy show but some things just didn't work. For example like hanging the midget “Ronnie” by his neck as a background prop right when they go into "Goodbye to Romance”. It didn't work for me. There is one very poorly executed edit which takes place right as the guitar solo starts, a break in which part of the song is repeated for a brief second but with different lighting, possibly from a different performance? Gillis had to fill pretty big shoes and is regarded as a great guitarist but it’s sad that Gillis departed for Night Ranger shortly after this concert as it would have been cool to hear what he could have come up with on the next studio album.

The drum solo is amazing. During his solo at one point he threw out his sticks and went SLAMMING those drums with his bare hands, it is simply insane! I had always wondered what this looked like, because you hear him do it on the Tribute album. Now I know!

One of the reasons I like this concert is because it is really good to see Ozzy bouncing back from the awful Randy Rhoads tragedy. He has been through so much pain over the course of his life and the death of his friend Randy could have really pushed him over the edge. But clearly in this DVD, Ozzy is having fun on stage and really getting the crowd to have fun with him, which he does so very well. There are moments where his voice and his mouth movements don't match up. If the original vocal track was deemed unusable, it could’ve at least been better lip-synced. But even so, Ozzy fans should still be happy with the availability of this energetic, vintage performance on DVD. This concert is a true treasure for the Ozzy fan. Recommended!



Band:

Ozzy Osbourne – Vocals

Brad Gillis – Guitar
Rudy Sarzo – Bass

Tommy Aldridge – Drums
Don Airey – Keyboards

‘Speak Of The Devil’ DVD Track Listing:
01. Over The Mountain

02. Mr Crowley
03. Crazy Train

04. Revelation (Mother Earth)

05. Steal Away (The Night)

06. Suicide Solution

07. Guitar / Drum Solo

08. Goodbye To Romance
09. I Don’t Know

10. Believer
11. Flying High Again

12. Iron Man

13. Children Of The Grave

14. Paranoid


Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment