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30th July 2017

ozzy osbourne

Pete Bonner of Psychotron Records record store in Sutton Coldfield is claiming that he may have found the Holy Grail and uncovered the very first recordings of Ozzy Osbourne singing.

You can have a listen below and decide for yourself whether it really is the very first recording of Ozzy. For us, the jury is still out and we are undecided but Black Sabbath's first manager, Jim Simpson, said he is "pretty certain" it is genuine, however Ozzy's currrent management have said it "is with 100% certainty" that it is not Ozzy singing and he himself has confirmed this it is not.

Pete visited an old Birmingham musician who was in a recorded band in the 60s and bought a box of interesting R&B and rock'n'roll 7" singles off him. In the box was an acetate, an Emidisc with hand written labels stating it was by The Prospectors. The seller couldn't remember where it came from and they couldn't play it at the time.

Pete did some research and found that "John 'Ozzy' Osbourne's first musical experience was in a band called The Prospectors, which also included future Polka Tulk slide guitarist Jimmy Phillips".

This was five years before Black Sabbath formed and the acetate is a recording of two blues tunes; 'Lonesome Road Blues' and 'That's Alright' (not the Elvis Presley tune.

These recordings are undocumented and were never before heard until Pete, a hunter of rare records, posted them on the Psychotron Records website and there are questions unanswered about this early part of Ozzy's career and Pete is trying to authenticate the tape.

Pete says the split of opinion as to whether the tape really is Ozzy is "about 80:20". Have a listen right here and decide for yourself.

"It would be nice to have done these last shows with Bill..."




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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