RevieweDVD! Ozzy Osbourne - Speak of the Devil: Live from Irvine Meadows ’82



Ozzy Osbourne
Speak of the Devil: Live from Irvine Meadows ’82
Eagle Vision

There’s very little you need to know about Ozzy Osbourne’s Speak of the Devil: Live from Irvine Meadows ’82 – its 78-minutes of Ozzy live in 1982, filmed mere months after the tragic passing of guitar wiz Randy Rhodes. That’s really all you need to know in order to add this tremendous DVD offering to your collection. Don’t confuse this DVD with Ozzy’s live album of the same name – this is mostly comprised of his classic solo works, but three Black Sabbath tunes make their way into this set list (“Iron Man,” “Children of the Grave,” “Paranoid”). Of Ozzy’s solo material included, there is more than enough to get excited about, with tracks like “Crazy Train,” “Over the Mountain,” “Mr. Crowley,” “I Don’t Know” and “Flying High Again,” leading the charge of this hour-plus concert film. The band sounds good, though it’s hard to say the same about Ozzy himself as his vocals are wavering for the most part, sounding largely overdubbed at times, though original at others. The vocals are uneven to say the least. Speak of the Devil: Live from Irvine Meadows ’82 is essential for any fan thanks to its near perfect set list, and even the fact that there’s little to no bonus content doesn’t affect things.

Grade: B

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