Speak of the Devil
Released November 27, 1982
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Label Jet/Epic

Speak of the Devil is an album by Ozzy Osbourne, featuring only Black Sabbath covers. It was released on November 27, 1982. This release was named Talk of the Devil in the UK, that being the more commonly expressed idiom there.

The album sleeve states that it was recorded at The Ritz in New York on the 26th and 27th of September 1982. No ROIO of either show exist, which is unusual given the number of Osbourne's early shows that do exist in that form. Osbourne's vocals appear to be double-tracked, which is a technique he uses in the studio, and there has been speculation that the album is not as 'live' as it purports to be. Furthermore, in a June 2007 interview with producer/engineer Max Norman posted at KNAC.COM, he states that the album features 3 songs that were recorded during the rehearsal for the show rather than the show itself. The songs were then completed with additional tracks of crowd noise. Norman did not identify specifically the songs.

This is the only official Osbourne recording to feature Night Ranger guitarist Brad Gillis, who had stepped in for the recently deceased Randy Rhoads, following Bernie Torme's brief stint. However, Gillis did tour with Osbourne during this time period, and did play solo material from the first two solo albums on the tour. These recordings can be heard on bootlegs from the era.

Osbourne has publicly disowned the album, saying it was only recorded due to pressures from the record label. In April 2002, this album was deleted from the Osbourne's USA/North American catalogue and is no longer being made. However, the album is still being made in Japan and in other markets.

The song "Sweet Leaf" was omitted on the initial pressing Compact Disc releases of the album, due to 'timing restrictions'. It was restored, however, when the album was remastered in 1995.

This is the first album to feature Rudy Sarzo, who left to rejoin Quiet Riot less than a month later, the other album being Tribute. Brad Gillis also left to join Night Ranger. Bob Daisley, who had been the bassist for both of the previous studio albums, would continue in that role, while Jake E. Lee would replace Gillis for the next album, Bark at the Moon.

Speak of the Devil was released one month before Osbourne's old band Black Sabbath released Live Evil. In the USA, sales of Speak of the Devil were much better than those of Live Evil. In the UK it was Live Evil which attained the higher chart-placing: figures on ultimate sales are not widely available. Both albums are a result of the unofficial Live at Last album released in 1980,a year after Osbourne left Black Sabbath. There is a video/laserdisc with the same name, but it has different content. In it, Osbourne performs his own songs plus some Black Sabbath covers. The band line-up is the same of Osbourne, Gillis, Sarzo, Aldridge and Airey.

Track Listing

Side One

  1. "Symptom of the Universe" – 5:41
    • Originally from Sabotage
  2. "Snowblind" – 4:56
    • Originally from Black Sabbath, Vol. 4
  3. "Black Sabbath" – 6:04
    • Originally from Black Sabbath

Side Two

  1. "Fairies Wear Boots" – 6:33
    • Originally from Paranoid
  2. "War Pigs" – 8:35
    • Originally from Paranoid
  3. "The Wizard" – 4:43
    • Originally from Black Sabbath

Side Three

  1. "N.I.B." – 5:35
    • Originally from Black Sabbath
  2. "Sweet Leaf" – 5:55
    • Originally from Master of Reality
  3. "Never Say Die" – 4:18
    • Originally from Never Say Die!

Side Four

  1. "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" – 5:34
    • Originally from Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
  2. "Iron Man"/"Children of the Grave" – 9:12
    • Originally from Paranoid
    • Originally from Master of Reality
  3. "Paranoid" – 3:10
    • Originally from Paranoid