Immortal Records: On Stage by Rainbow

Another immortal record send me down in time back in 1996 when I bought this musical gem. Anyone with a true taste for original metal and got hard rock running down his/her vein will know that owning this album is a must. Recorded at the prime-time of Rainbow with the greatest lineup when Cozy Powel (RIP), Ronnie James Dio, Ritchie Blackmore, Jimmy Bain and Tony Carey graced the European stages with a life-sized Rainbow on their sets, continuous melodies, and purely old-school hard rock. Blackmore and Dio gave every listen the chance to be a shiny knight fighting off a dragon or an evil mage through the beautiful lyrics and the harmonic guitar riffs. Originally recorded on two LP’s, two tracks were omitted on the CD version for time constraints. The remastered version got it all baby! and surely Blackmore and Dio still rock like it was yesterday! I would sell my soul just to listen to that glorious lineup with Cozy playing ”Stargazer”. As I’m writing this post, and listening to this record, I remember buying this from Best Buy on my way coming back St. Louis, located on the highway going back to Carbondale. I surely spent money like crazy back then, but this was worth it!

Cozy Powell, this is my tribute for you, one of the greatest drummer in history. Rest in Peace, Cozy! We’ll always remember you!

Immortal Records: Speak of The Devil by Ozzy Osbourne

OK, this is the first album I bought for Ozzy Osbourne as soon as I landed in the states. I remember buying this from Walmart in Uraban-Champaign back in September or October 1996. I still have this record. Many could bitch about how this is a mastered copy from the original and how I should find it, well I tried and there’s nothing in the world that could produce that copy. Even this version is out of production now, especially while Ozzy is re-producing the whole album again according to how he likes to tamper into the parts put in the albums by ex co-workers. Surely, Ozzy fucked up totally now, but he can’t touch this record because I just can’t stop not listening to it. Although this was rashly made to support the ”Diary of a Madman” tour, where Randy Rhoads was killed in a freaky plane-accident and Ozzy had to bring in Brad Gillis to learn all the taps in less than two weeks, this records stand among all the live records Ozzy made. The set was for two days, the video-taped one is the Ozzy Osbourne materials while the one on CD is the Black Sabbath materials. It’s really great to listen to Back Sabbath from another perspective. Although Ozzy decided to release this album at the same time of Black Sabbath first live album ”Live Evil”, I still hold on into this album as it reminds of my early days in the states, where this work of art was my buddy at time of need. Last time I listened to it, put on track #9 ”Never Say Die”, I had tears in my eyes.

Brad Gillis, Ozzy Osbourne, Tommy Aldridge and Rudy Sarzo. Thank you guys for this memorable night! I will keep listening to this album till the day I die!