Deke and I are doing a dual review of this one! He’s gonna be a helluva smarter and more in tune about it than I ever will be, so GO READ HIS EXCELLENT POST RIGHT HERE!!
Right, so I don’t even know where I got this CD, but it was probably in the $5 bin at Wally World. I’m a sucker for a bargain.
We open with the title track, and it’s a stone classic. Everyone knows this song, right? Of course you do! It’s a fun Ozzy greatest hit with a killer guitar solo section. You’re No Different slows things down a bit, Ozzy all 80s ballady though it can’t quite hide its metal leanings. Now You See It (Now You Don’t) brings back the rock with a really satisfying bluesy chug.
Rock ’n’ Roll Rebel keeps the stomp alive with another distinctive kick-ass rocker that only Ozz could muster. Center of Eternity starts off with some chanting and bells ringing that leads to a big church organ… is this a nod to his Sabbath days in some way? When the song kick in it’s another kick-ass rocker. Nice one!
Up next is a 3-fer of song titles that would make one believe Ozzy wanted a break. So Tired is a bit of a plodding ballad. The title’s pretty apt! The strings give it lift, but the backing vocals made me giggle. Still, it’s a pretty tune that’s just a wee bit too fast for a slow dance at the high school prom. Slow Down does anything but, pummeling us from the get-go and refusing to drive less than 100 mph. The synth stabs were a bit cheesy, though I suppose it was the times. This would sound great on some 80s fighter jet movie soundtrack. Waiting For Darkness brings us back to hard-hitting Ozzy mid-tempo rocker mode, with a synth line that screams L.A. cop movie circa 1985. It has good energy, and I like the orchestrations.
Spiders is suitably slinky and creepy and still rockin’ as you’d expect. The bassline makes this track, and is front and center. And finally, One Up The ‘B’ Side rounds out the album with another Ozzy rocker. Fun times.
I liked it! Ozzy in 1983 is fun, light, and a little cheesy. There’s enough crunchy guitar and big hairy riffs to keep me satisfied, but I only heard the one certified greatest hit in the whole lot (the title track). Ah well, it’s not like it mattered. Ozzy has a sound, and he milks it for all it’s worth. My favourite parts of the album were probably the orchestra/string sections.