Rockpalast: The 50th Birthday Concerts
Made In Germany Music, 2014
2 discs, 235 minutes
Recorded in November, 1993, this two-disc set features highlights from a two-night set at the E-Werk in Cologne. Joined on stage by his Cream bandmate Ginger Baker for the majority of the sets, the legendary bass player Jack Bruce also welcomed musicians Dick Heckstall-Smith, Clem Clempson, Bernie Worrell, and Simon Phillips. Jack Bruce fans will appreciate the whole concert, encompassing his entire career.
The performance starts out very mellow, white Bruce alone on stage playing a classic piece before moving to the piano for “FM.” Cream fans will be most interesting in the final five songs on the second disc, featuring a blistering set of five classics from the power trio with the late and criminally underrated guitarist Gary Moore stepping in for Eric Clapton in a precursor to the 1994 studio album Around the Next Dream. Moore also appears with Bruce and drummer Simon Phillips on “Life On Earth,” a cut from the 1981 B.L.T. record, a collaboration between Bruce, Bill Lordan, and Robin Trower. Those six performances alone make this collection well worth the purchase.
Jack Bruce Rockpalast: The 50th Birthday Concerts is available in three different versions. The “Special Edition” is three DVDs with a bonus CD; the “DVD Edition” (which is what I received) is a two-DVD boxset; the “Extended Edition” is the two-DVD boxset with an additional CD in CD-Digi-Format.
1. Improvisation ON Minuet No. 1
3. Can You Follow?
4. Running Thro’ Our Hearts
6. The Tube
7. Over The Cliff
9. First Time I Met The Blues
10. Smiles & Grins
11. Bird Alone
12. Neighbor, Neighbor
13. Born Under a Bad Sign
14. Boston Ball Game 1967
15. Ships In The Night
17. Never Tell Your Mother She’s Out of Tune
18. Theme From an Imaginary Western
19. Golden Days
1. As You Said
2. Rope Ladder To The Moon
3. Life On Earth
4. Simon Phillips Drum Solo
6. Sitting On The Top Of The World
8. White Room
9. Sunshine Of Your Love
10. Blues You Can’t Lose
11. Life On Earth (featuring Gary Moore)
12. NSU (featuring Gary Moore)
13. Sitting On The Top Of The World (featuring Gary Moore)
14. Politician (featuring Gary Moore)
15. Spoonful (featuring Gary Moore)
16. White Room (featuring Gary Moore)
If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m a big fan of the 1980s hard rock scene. Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, and Poison were some of the biggest bands back then. When it comes to solo artists, there was none bigger than Ozzy Osbourne. He always picked great guitarists to play on his records: Randy Rhoads, Jake E. Lee, Zakk Wylde. If anyone is deserving of the JT’s Ultimate Mixtape treatment, it is Ozzy Osbourne.
The rules are simple:
- Every studio album must be represented by one and only one song.
- That song does not have to be an official “single” released by the artist to promote said album.
- Compilation albums can be included, but only songs that are new, previously unreleased, or remixes of songs from prior albums are eligible for the list.
- Live albums are a waste of time. This is a general rule that applies to most, but Ozzy’s Tribute album is obviously exempt.
JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Ozzy Osbourne edition…
- “Crazy Train” (Blizzard Of Ozz, 1980)
- “Over The Mountain” (Diary Of A Madman, 1981)
- “War Pigs” (Speak of the Devil, 1982)
- “Bark At The Moon” (Bark at the Moon, 1983)
- “Shot In The Dark” (The Ultimate Sin, 1986)
- “Suicide Solution” (Tribute, 1987)
- “Crazy Babies” (No Rest for the Wicked, 1988)
- “No More Tears” (No More Tears, 1991)
- “Mama, I’m Coming Home” (Live & Loud, 1993)
- “I Just Want You” (Ozzmosis, 1995)
- “Back On Earth” (The Ozzman Cometh, 1997)
- “Dreamer” (Down to Earth, 2001)
- “Sunshine Of Your Love” (Under Cover, 2005)
- “I Don’t Wanna Stop” (Black Rain, 2007)
- “Let Me Hear You Scream” (Scream, 2010)
Ten very solid studio albums, three live albums, a compilation and a covers album are all represented on JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Ozzy Osbourne edition. But, as always, we’ve got to have some bonus tracks. It was hard to whittle this list down, and I didn’t even include any Black Sabbath material (that will come later…oooh, foreshadowing).
- Was (Not Was) “Shake Your Head (Let’s Go To Bed)” (Born to Laugh at Tornadoes, 1983)
- Lita Ford “Close My Eyes Forever” (Lita, 1988)
- Gary Moore “Led Clones” (After the War, 1989)
- Ozzy Osbourne “Purple Haze” (Stairway to Heaven/Highway to Hell, 1989)
- Bill Ward “Bombers (Can Open Bomb Bays)” (Ward One: Along the Way, 1990)
- Alice Cooper “Hey Stoopid” (Hey Stoopid, 1991)
- Infectious Grooves “Therapy” (The Plague That Makes Your Booty Move…It’s The Infectious Grooves, 1991)
- Motörhead “I Ain’t No Nice Guy” (March Or Die, 1992)
- Ozzy Osbourne with Miss Piggy “Born To Be Wild” (Kermit Unpigged, 1994)
- Ozzy Osbourne “Walk On Water” (Beavis And Butt-Head Do America, 1996)
- Ringo Starr “Vertical Man” (Vertical Man, 1998)
- Rick Wakeman “Buried Alive” (Return To The Centre Of The Earth, 1999)
- Coal Chamber “Shock The Monkey” (Chamber Music, 1999)
- Tony Iommi “Who’s Fooling Who” (Iommi, 2000)
- Rob Zombie “Iron Head” (The Sinister Urge, 2001)
- Black Label Society “Stillborn” (The Blessed Hellride, 2003)
- Mountain “Masters Of War” (Masters of War, 2007)
- Slash “Crucify The Dead” (Slash, 2010)
- Eminem “Going Through Changes” (Recovery, 2010)
Man, this guy gets around! And I didn’t even include everything that I could have! Of course, the duet with Lita is a no-brainer, but Ozzy has really contributed a lot of great material to other bands.
What’s on your Ultimate Mixtape for Ozzy? Try to stick to the rules laid out above!