March 26 will bring metal fans a wealth of classic music, as Epic will reissue four Ozzy Osbourne albums, and Sanctuary/Metal-Is will reissue the majority of the Iron Maiden catalog of 15 studio and l

March 26 will bring metal fans a wealth of classic music, as Epic will reissue four Ozzy Osbourne albums, and Sanctuary/Metal-Is will reissue the majority of the Iron Maiden catalog of 15 studio and live albums, as well as a new live title. Common to the re-released albums from both artists will be digitally remastered tracks, original artwork, new liner notes and photos, and bonus material.

Osbourne's reissues -- "Blizzard of Ozz" (1980), "Diary of a Madman" (1981), "Tribute" (1987), and "No More Tears" (1991) -- come in the first wave of expanded edition releases of his catalog, which includes 10 studio albums and one live set.

Specifically, "Blizzard" will feature the addition of "You Lookin' at Me Lookin' at You," from the album's original U.K. version, and the live version of "You Said It All" from the U.K. B-side of "Mr. Crowley." On "Diary," fans will find the live version of "I Don't Know" that appeared on the B-side of the "Flying High Again" single.

"Tribute" will boast a previously unreleased single version of "No Bone Movies"; and "No More Tears" adds two B-sides to the track listing: "Don't Blame Me" and "Party With the Animals."

The Iron Maiden reissue campaign comes as the band celebrates the 20th anniversary of its breakthrough album, 1982's "The Number of the Beast," which was originally issued via Capitol (the band has also recorded for Epic and Sanctuary's CMC label). Accompanying the reissues will be the live set "Rock in Rio," recorded last year at the Brazilian festival of the same name. A "Rock in Rio" DVD will follow on an as yet undetermined date.

The band's first 13 albums -- "Iron Maiden" (1980), "Killers" (1981), "The Number of the Beast" (1982), "Piece of Mind" (1983), "Powerslave" (1984), "Live After Death" (1985), "Somewhere in Time" (1986), "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" (1988), "No Prayer for the Dying" (1990), "Fear of the Dark" (1992), "A Real Live One" (1993), "A Real Dead One" (1993), and "Live at Donington" (1993) -- will each be released with enhanced multi-media including full-length videos, band biographies, and photo galleries, as well as two bonus tracks not on the original versions.

Additionally, "A Real Live One" and "A Real Dead One," originally issued separately but later combined as a double CD release in 1998, have once again been made independent of one another. 1995's "The X Factor" and 1998's "Virtual XI" will not include any special features or bonus tracks, and 2000's "Brave New World" will not be reissued.

The 1996 compilation "Best of the Beast," will be re-released separately from this massive volley of reissues, and will emerge as a greatly enhanced two-disc package later this year.

In other Maiden news, the band has added a third show in its stand at London's Brixton Academy to raise money for its newly established Clive Burr MS Trust Fund. The March 19 gig joins already sold-out March 20-21 gigs at the venue, which will aid the band's former drummer's fight against multiple sclerosis and test new drugs in the search for a cure for the disease. Tickets go on sale today (Jan. 30); for more information, visit the band's official Web site.

On March 11, the group will release in the U.K. a pair of enhanced limited edition "Run to the Hills" CD singles and a 7" red vinyl version to raise money for the fund. The first disc features the live audio and video versions of the song that will appear on the "Rock in Rio" album and DVD, as well as live versions of "Children of the Damned" and "Total Eclipse." Disc two boasts the original single version and video of the song, along with live versions of "22 Acacia Avenue" and "The Prisoner." The vinyl single sports the original single versions of "Run to the Hills" and "Total Eclipse."

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