Tuesday, February 22, 2005

NOT THE REAL DEAL: Legal trouble for Ozzy Osbourne as an Illinois Osbourne fan hits Epic with a lawsuit over remasters of The Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman. The music lover, Anthony Wester, bought the two records only to discover that the April 2002 versions of the album hadn't simply been remastered, but had the original drum and bass tracks from Lee Kerslake and Bob Daisley with the percussive work of Robert Trujillo and Mike Bordin, who were Ozzy's percussion dudes at the time.

To put this in context, Kerslake and Daisley were suing Osbourne at this point for unpaid royalties; dropping them from the remasters looks to have been a move to try and save a few bucks. As with most great money saving ideas, it looks like it could end up costing more in the long run. Wester wants his money back - and he wants money back for everyone who bought the record thinking they were getting one thing, only to find quite another.