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Ozzy Osbourne’s Former Bassist Bob Daisley Gives His Side of Reissues Story

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In honor of the 30th anniversary of Ozzy Osbourne’s pivotal metal releases, ‘Blizzard of Ozz,’ and, ‘Diary of a Madman,’ camp Osbourne recently unleashed re-mastered issues of both albums, including a box set toting previously unreleased live tapings, a coffee table book and other metal-happy goodies.

Fans rejoiced at the fresh reissues, chiefly because bass slinger Bob Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake’s playing on the recordings had been restored. If you recall, on the previous 2002 reissues, the booming rhythm section of Daisley and Kerslake was re-taped, note-for-note, by different musicians, duo to nasty arguments over songwriting credits and royal payments. Fans didn’t take to it, and things got messy.

Now, Daisley and Kerslake are back in their rightful spot, and the fresh recordings sound astounding. All’s well that ends well, right?

As the story continues, Daisley is finishing up his memoir, brazenly named “For Facts Sake!” He’s truly telling all when it comes to his place in Ozzy’s band and feelings about the situation. Long story short, Daisley feels he was wronged and wants to explain his side of the story.

For one, Daisley says the 2011 reissue could have packed much more material than what actually made the release. “There’d been talk about it during 2010, and it was then that I offered to supply tapes of our rehearsals and writing sessions, to go as proper bonus material,” he told Rock Cellar Magazine. “And I just said that I wanted a royalty out of it, because it’s my stuff.  But they wouldn’t do it because they didn’t want to give me a royalty – they just wanted to buy it.

“So no agreement was made, and as a result the bonus material in the box set is minimal, which is unfortunate because I know the fans want to hear the stuff that I’ve got – recordings of the writing sessions, rehearsals and the songs taking shape.  But the Osbournes wouldn’t come to the table, y’know.  I didn’t even ask for an equal royalty, it was just a small royalty I wanted because it’s my stuff…“

Daisley added that he had “literally hours and hours of tapes I’ve got from us writing those albums and rehearsing it” that could have gone into the set. “You can hear the songs changing, the different parts taking shape, and all this stuff would have been perfect bonus material for the box set. Sadly, the Osbournes are just too greedy and self-absorbed.”

What are your thoughts on Daisley’s side of the story?

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