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Randy Rhoads Years

Quiet RiotAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 26, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: October 26, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000003337
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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1. Trouble
2. Laughing Gas (Randy Rhoads Guitar Solo)
3. Afterglow (Of Your Love)
4. Killer Girls
5. Picking Up The Pieces
6. Last Call For Rock 'N' Roll
7. Breaking Up Is A Heartache
8. Force Of Habit
9. It's Not So Funny
10. Look In Any Window

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Early recordings from the popular heavy metal outfit, featuring the trailblazing fretwork of their first lead guitarist, the late Randy Rhoads!

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great compilation of the early Quiet Riot days May 27, 2004
By Jesse
Format:Audio CD
Well there are a good amount of people that don't realize that Randy Rhoads is the man that started Quiet Riot when he was 16. Metal Health was not the first album by this band. This album has some tracks from the first 2 Quiet Riot albums which were only released in Japan. Randy was a great guitarist in the '70s before joining Ozzy. I think the songs on this compilation are better than anything Quiet Riot went on to release throughout the '80s and beyond. Kevin DuBrow's voice is much more solid in these recordings. Songs like "Trouble" and "Killer Girls" were remixed and sound better than the originals. "Last Call For Rock & Roll" was originally "Mama's Angels" from Quiet Riot 1 and was re-made with new lyrics and basically turned into a completely different song that is only available on this album and I must say it's a great tune. If you want to hear some of the earlier works of Randy Rhoads and how Quiet Riot started out, this is a compilation well worth purchasing.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There aren't enough words to describe this album August 11, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album, and as one of the other reviewers said it is great that Kevin Dubrow took the time to put out this tribute to the late great Randy Rhoads. Even though his playing is nothing compared to his later works with Ozzy, and the lyrics are kind of cheesy, and the overall sound of the band is pop metal doesn't mean that it's not good. To be totally honest even if Randy Rhoads wasn't on this album i'd still be inot it. I think that Kevin Dubrow has an amazingly powerful voice and the rhythm section at that time which featured Kelly Garni on bass and Drew Forsyth on drums was very powerful and solid, and Randy's playing was top notch.
The album begins with the song Trouble. This song was originally on Quiet Riot 2. The first 2 Quiet Riot albums were only released in Japan. There was also another album that was recorded but never released. Trouble is a great song and probably the best on this compilation. Randy's solo is great as usual. The next song is amazing also. It is a live version of Laughing Gas which features an extended solo from Randy and was recorded at the legendary L.A. club The Starwood. It's also cool because he plays parts in the solo that he used in Ozzy. In the middle of the solo he plays parts from Dee and Goodbye to Romance, and when the band comes back in they play the beginning of Crazy Train. The next song is Afterglow (Of your Love.) It is a great song. It's all acoustic except for the solo. It was originally from Quiet Riot 2 but this is a different version. Killer Girls is an upbeat pop metal song. It's a pretty good song. Again like every other song features amazing guitar work by Randy Rhoads. The next song Picking Up the Pieces is as pop as you're gonna get on this album.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars QR's best October 18, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I recently went through the whole QR discography, starting with this CD, going through the success years, and the wasteland of the band's 90s/00s issues.

My conclusions after hours of listening is: the consensus is that the band hit the ceiling with Metal Health and declined irreversebly there after. I disagree. I think all QR albums are pretty much at the same level all the way to Rehab.

The real question is why was MH so successful (n.1 in the US) when that CD was as good as the others. Actually if I have to be fair, QR's output including MH was never that good really-Kevin's (RIP) voice style is definitely an acquired taste, and no offense but CCavazo's playing is nothing to write home about compared to many of his peers in the era. Again, from Metal Health to Alive and Well, QR3 with Shortino or Guilty Pleasures, the level is very, very even.

That's why dear reader we recommend the RandyRhoads years CD to you as the band's best. The songs are really good. The vocals grate but RR's playing is just terrifying. I can only imagine other guitarists being shocked watching RR play live back in the days. The man was just way too ahead, his classical/speed picking technique truly an alter-ego to Eddie Van Halen's tapping/dive bomb antics. Buy and enjoy!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long live Randy Rhoads April 16, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I don't care if the sound quality is not as great as recordings are today. I don't care about top of the line lyrics. I care about one of the greatest guitarists ever to live- Randy Rhoads. These early works with Quiet Riot reflect later acheivements he reached with my other idol- Ozzy Osbourne, it's a shame that he died so early in his life when there was so much more he could have shared with us, this album as well as "The Blizzard of Ozz", "Diary of a Madman" and "Tribute" (by Ozzy) are true classics as well as Randys only professional works available on albums. Blizzard of Ozz was not only a turning point in Ozzys' life and musical career, but it also contains some of his and Randys' best known work together such as Crazy Train, Mr. Crowley, Goodbye to Romance and the controversial Suicide Solution. Long live the King.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great lp April 2, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great glance into the past, more so if you know the history. Cant figure out why these guys couldnt get signed at the time. Good stuff...and Amazon wasted no time getting it to me...thanks
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Published 2 months ago by MICHAEL TAAFFE
4.0 out of 5 stars Quiet Riot - 'The Randy Rhoads Years' (Rhino)
An early collection of Quiet Riot tunes from the very beginning. Tracks that I thought served the purpose catering to long time and loyal QR fans were the the ten-minute rocker... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mike Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars Randy Rhoads Rules
Great cd it was worth the was cool hearing him play sons other than with ozzy osbourne.gone too young,imagine if he didn't die in that plane crash. Read more
Published 13 months ago by fcrazydiver
5.0 out of 5 stars Classical guitar performances In the world of rock and roll
If you like to listen to loud music, such as rock,
Exciting guitar is a must,
This one had a bit rock guitarist born
Published 13 months ago by kang-pu ho
5.0 out of 5 stars get them before they're gone.
This cd is amazing, Randy's old tone mixed in with Kevin's singing = AWESOME!!!! get it quick. this is awesome.
Published 15 months ago by Kyle Snyder
4.0 out of 5 stars Randy's beginning
This CD shows what Randy's could do before Ozzy Osbourne Band. It's good to hear the original Quiet Riot too.
Published 18 months ago by Jeffrey D Faust
3.0 out of 5 stars If not for Randy
Then why bother? But Randy makes it special.
I love Randy's music and I love it in this.
But keep in mind its not Ozzy. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Master
5.0 out of 5 stars What I want to know:
Is if Sharon Osbourne (Ozzy's Wife and Manager) is going to release the live concerts of Randy Rhoads playing live in concert on DVD because they just released a new version of... Read more
Published on August 12, 2012 by Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars randy rhoads years
Item was as described. Case in tact, cd played with no skips. Arrived quickly with no issues. I recommend this buyer
Published on April 15, 2012 by N. Orozco
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any Randy Rhoads fan!
Took a chance and bought this as a present for my partner. Best chance I ever took. He loves it. This is a must for any Randy Rhoads fan!
Published on June 8, 2011 by Ms. C. A. Jinkins
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