MAX NORMAN REVEALS…

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Producer Max Norman talked to Eddie Trunk about Ozzy’s first two albums and commented on the well-known controversy about the bass and drums parts that were finally replaced for the remastered versions of these albums. “It’s well-known that in Black Sabbath, Geezer Butler wrote the lyrics; and for Ozzy solo records, Bob told me from album one all the way through No More Tears (1991) he was actually not only playing bass, but writing lyrics. That’s a very weird situation and they (Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake) both got shafted pretty badly. They would be like, ‘What’s going on with the publishing?’ So there was a little bit of it going on and I tried not to get involved in that stuff. But once Sharon got involved, that started to escalate. There was some tension towards the end of the second record they were still not getting what they wanted. Once that record was finished I got a call from Sharon (Osbourne): ‘We want to replace the bass and drums.’ I refused to do it. I said, ‘No, I’m not doing it. First of all, you are fucking the record up, and secondly these two guys deserve it.'” You can check out the entire interview here.