OZZY OSBOURNE – “Flying High Again” (2011 Record Store Day exclusive)
Here’s something of an underappreciated item. Everybody knows that Ozzy and Sharon re-recorded the drums and bass on Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman back in 2002. In retrospect this was a shrewd move despite the fan backlash. In Lucas-esque fashion, it enabled them to restore the original versions for much-hyped reissues in 2011. To usher in these new/old releases, Record Store Day shoppers were able to buy a replica original “Flying High Again” single.
Both the reissue and the original 1981 single featured the B-side, “I Don’t Know”, recorded live at an unspecified gig. Like Diary of a Madman itself, this B-side had its bass and drums re-recorded in 2002. It is difficult to hear the differences, but listen to the bass tracks right around the 2:10 minute mark. Where Bob Daisley plays lots of interesting harmonics, the re-recorded version has Rob Trujillo hitting the lows. The bass parts are very different.
When Diary was reissued in 2011, it did not include this B-side, but instead an entire (different) concert on a bonus CD. Therefore the original version of the “I Don’t Know” B-side remains a vinyl exclusive. Cool. I am not sure why this was not advertised on the single sleeve or in the media. In fact, I’ve owned this single for two years without putting 2 + 2 together. The “Flying High Again” vinyl single is the only place you can get the original, untampered “I Don’t Know” live B-side!
For that reason alone:
But is this worth $12 as per the price tag? That’s one thing that bugs me about these singles today. I understand that manufacturing costs have changed and it’s a niche item, but still! $12 for one song. One song, because they were going to sell us all “Flying High Again” itself on the Diary reissue, as advertised on the front.
Price: 2/5 stars