The box set, Prince of Darkness, contains four CDs of Ozzy Osbourne’s solo music, live performances, outtakes, collaborations, and cover songs. It contains a wide variety of material, ranging from classic to modern heavy metal. Although mainly known for the “Ozzy Osbourne” series, Prince of Darkness is also a great collection of b-sides, solo work, and collaborations.
While Ozzy is best known for the title of his first solo album, he has also recorded dozens of albums as part of his band, including several solo efforts. His first solo album was titled Blizzard of Ozz. Moreover, Black Sabbath, arguably the most influential heavy metal band of the 1970s, were well ahead of their time. Their self-titled debut album turned 50 this year, and the critics were incredibly harsh. In one review, critic Lester Bangs titled the album “a shuck.”
Prince of Darkness is a four-disc box set with a booklet that features new photos and an overview of the osbourne’s career. The discs contain classic songs from the Black Sabbath catalog, Ozzy’s solo work, and b-sides. While there are some interesting tracks, the album lacks musical merit after the second disc.