Ozzy Osbourne's Mr. Crowley Live is a soundcheck with live noise added later and, regardless of its authenticity, is a middling live offering from the strongest, most consistent early years of his solo career, containing "Mr. Crowley" on the A-side and "You Said It All" and "Suicide Solution" on the B-side. While some revere this record as the only "live" document of Randy Rhoads with Ozzy released during his life, "You Said It All" is the interesting inclusion for me, a true B-side, not appearing anywhere other than this record and an '84 Jet Records rarities compilation to date, still apparently a victim of the bad blood between the Osbournes and the original Daisley/Kerslake rhythm section. It's got a nice riff but is ultimately not very listenable as this disc suffers from extreme surface noise, a bane of picture discs manufactured cheaply for display rather than actual play. Both sides contain fantastic photos supposedly drawn from outtakes for the then-upcoming Diary of a Madman LP.
My copy of Metallica's Creeping Death/Jump in the Fire is a 1990 promo picture disc, released well after the mid-'80s original pressings of these EPs in their initial incarnations. Both featured artwork fans consider iconic and, again audibly inferior, this one is a display favorite. The Jump in the Fire side features, of course, the stellar single from Kill 'Em All as well as a couple more "fake" live takes, "Seek and Destroy" and "Phantom Lord" (these latter two, again, unavailable elsewhere to my knowledge).
|remember when Metallica were so, you know, metal?|
The Creeping Death side represents the Ride the Lightning highlight as well as covers "Am I Evil?" and "Blitzkrieg," both the original "Garage Days Revisited" pairing, long-unavailable for mass-consumption until the 1998 release of the expanded Garage Inc. Undoubtedly pressed to cash in on the band's exploding popularity between ...And Justice for All and Metallica, Creeping Death/Jump in the Fire may not sound great, but is a nice low-fi reminder of the band's most powerful period, both musically and visually.