The Essential Ozzy Osbourne
Released: Feb 2003
When Black Sabbath sent Ozzy packing in 1979, just about nobody in the music biz expected the drug-addled singer to rebound the way he did. Not only did he put together a multiplatinum solo career, but he became a pop-culture icon of the highest order. This two-disc collection chronicles Osbourne's tumultuous journey, from the blistering metal of Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman to the power balladry marking his spotty output in the '90s. The early stuff is best, as it features some of metal's great musicians, including Randy Rhoads, Rudy Sarzo and Tommy Aldridge.