Ozzy Osbourne 's debut solo album, 1980s "Blizzard Of Ozz" has been certified quintuple platinum in the United States by RIAA ( The Recording Industry Association of America ) after the accumulation of five million certified entities. February 4, recognition comes more than two decades since LP was certified quadruple platinum (August 15, 1997).
Also certified on February 4 was Ozzy s 2003 greatest hits album "The Essential Ozzy Osbourne" who went double platinum after the accumulation of two million certified units. This collection was previously certified Platinum on March 3, 201
"Blizzard Of Ozz" was reissued in 2011 in a final edition that restored and remastered the original footage. It was made available separately or as part of a deluxe box of 1981's "Diary Of A Madman" which contained both album on CD and vinyl, a 100-page coffee table, a documentary on DVD and a "full size detailed copy of Ozzy s iconic cross."
The two albums were recorded shortly after Ozzy was started from BLACK SABBATH and marked his short but legendary collaboration with late guitar hero Randy Rhoads . Ozzy told Pulse Of Radio that he believed he had a winning combination on his hands. "You know, but you don't know it again, because I mean you're entering new territory," he said. "And as I was fired from BLACK SABBATH there was much rivalry between them and me. I had everything to gain and nothing to lose, you know."
Both albums came with previously released bonus tracks and have been restored and remastered from the original analog recordings.
The albums restored bass and drum tracks played respectively Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake who were removed controversially for a 2002 re-release of Ozzy 's wife and manager Sharon about and disputes about royalties.
"Blizzard Of Ozz" re-released came with three bonus studio tracks, including an alternative version of "Farewell to Romance" and a song never previously published in the United States called "You look at me, look at you" .
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