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Tribute [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Ozzy OsbourneAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)

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Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman are landmark albums that took metal in a new direction in the early 1980's, inspiring whole new generations of rock bands and fans. "Crazy Train," the first single from Blizzard of Ozz, has become one of Ozzy's musical signatures, a perennial on the rock playlists and as part of Ozzy’s live performances.

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  • Audio CD (April 2, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1981
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000063DGC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
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1. I Don't Know
2. Crazy Train
3. Believer
4. Mr. Crowley
5. Flying High Again
6. Revelation (Mother Earth)
7. Steal Away (The Night) (With Drum Solo)
8. Suicide Solution (With Guitar Solo)
9. Iron Man
10. Children Of The Grave
11. Paranoid
12. Goodbye To Romance
13. No Bone Movies
14. Dee (Randy Rhoads Studio Out-Takes)

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Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist Randy Rhoads was a technical genius on his instrument, but that's only half the story. Rhoads shaped the direction of Osbourne's first two post-Sabbath recordings, Diary of a Madman and Blizzard of Ozz, which still stand as his best solo studio albums. Rhoads also was capable of pulling the best out of Osbourne onstage, a notable accomplishment in itself. This live set was released five years after Rhoads's death in a bizarre plane accident, and it's still a striking reminder of what was lost. Osbourne and company run through the Blizzard album in its entirety, adding a few tunes from Diary, and the Sabbath classics "Iron Man," "Children of the Grave," and "Paranoid." The highlights are Rhoads's guitar freakout on "Suicide Solution" and studio outtakes of his solo acoustic showcase, "Dee." --Daniel Durchholz

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The tragedy is just too much October 10, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Musicians dying before their time is nothing unique in rock'n'roll history. SRV, Hendrix, Joplin, Holly, Morrison, etc.. However, there was always an innocence attached to Randy Rhoads. Here was a classically trained guitarist that was interested in incorporating brilliant and complex guitar arraingments with popular music. He took an alcohilc and believed to be washed-up rocker like Ozzy and helped him to produce his two greatest works ever. You know, a lot of players sound great in the studio, when they can triple track their recordings, but here, Rhoads shreds in fluid beauty, live and in person. Just incredible playing. The only man that could make Ozzy take a backseat on stage, God Bless him.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular Live Performances. November 1, 2003
By Dan
Format:Audio CD
After Randy Rhoads' tragic death in 1982, Ozzy compiled a number of live performances showing Randy's talent for playing in the moment. Randy Rhoads is one of my favorite guitar players. He was so innovative. The best guitar players aren't afraid to put themselves out there, and do something original and wild, even if they're not sure how it's going to turn out. One listen to this album, and you can see Randy fits that description.
I've always liked Ozzy Osbourne, but the main focus of this album (for me, anyway) is Randy Rhoads, as it is a tribute to him. All of the songs from "Blizzard of Ozz" are here, and only a few from "Diary of a Madman". I would have liked to hear more from the latter, but oh well. Ozzy is in good form, as he could still sing well back then. The rhythm section is good (a good rhythm section is important, and this one does the job), and they support one of the best lead guitarists I've heard.
The album opens with a performance of "I Don't Know", which is a much more intense and energetic live song. When Randy hit that first bend of the solo, filled with vibrato, I almost died. The classic "Crazy Train" is played, with added fills and little bits. "Mr. Crowley" is another highlight, with some added improvising at the end. "Suicide Solution" is one of the biggest highlights. Firstly, the fills Randy adds are crazy, and then he gets a solo spot, which is outstanding. He switches between lightning fast pentatonic and harmonic minor shredding to dimished scale runs and classically influenced arpeggio bits. It's inspirational, not just because it's fast or anything. The Sabbath covers are OK, not really what I wanted to hear, but good nonetheless. The classic ballad "Goodbye to Romance" is here, and it's very good as well.
Any fan of Randy-era Ozzy needs this album, as well as guitar players looking for inspiration, or just amazing playing.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest guitarists of all time August 22, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Randy Rhoads, although only having two studio albums under a major label to showcase his amazing talent, was one of the greatest guitarists ever to play. Born in 1956 in Los Angeles, he began playing the guitar at around age seven. In 1976 he founded the first of the hair metal bands, Quiet Riot. Although they were only signed to a record label in Japan they became a hit amongst the LA club scene. In 1979, Quiet Riot lost Rhoads to ex-Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne. With Ozzy, Randy produced two multi-platinum studio albums until his untimely death in a plane crash on March 19, 1982. Five years later, Ozzy released a slew of live tracks from the Diary of a Madman tour, the Tribute album. Track ratings:
1) I Don't Know- 8/10- Catchier than the studio version, nicely added pentatonic riffs and harmonics, and a vastly improved solo.

2) Crazy Train- 10/10- Slighty heavier than the studio version, and a little more upbeat. One of the best tracks on the disc.

3) Believer- 7/10- ties with (Steal Away) The Night for worst track on the CD, although it's still entertaining. It has a decent bassline and is slightly slower than most of Ozzy's songs.

4) Mr. Crowley- 10/10- Another of the best tracks on the disk, it features two of Randy's best solos. Overall better than its studio counterpart.

5) Flying High Again- 9/10- I actually like the album version of this song better, although the solo is better on the live version. Poison's "Nothing but a Good Time" is an almost exact ripoff of this song, and if you like that song, you'll definitely like this.

6) Revelation (Mother Earth)- 10/10- One of the best songs Ozzy ever recorded, this song escalates into one of Randy's best solos. One of the best tracks on the CD.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent April 16, 2002
By Dan
Format:Audio CD
It's pretty hard to describe this album. If you loved Randy Rhoads' work on the studio albums, prepare to be even more blown away then you already were. He adds so much little stuff live, it sounds absolutely fantastic. His solo in the middle of "Suicide Solution" is one of the best I've ever heard.
When you think about how young he was, and how talented he was, and how succesful he was going to be, you will get sad. At least I did. In 2 years, he influenced so many guitar players to come, it's incredible. Even in relatively simple songs, such as "Paranoid", he manages to add an unbelievable solo that you never would have expected. Every song from "Blizzard" is on here, and in my opinion, they all sound better. "Beleiver" and "Flying High Again" also sound great. This album doesn't have all the unnecessary bad language that Live & Loud has, and is a better album anyway (although Live & Loud is pretty good). Randy's guitar work is just amazing, that's all I can say, you really have to hear it for yourself. R.I.P. Randy, we love you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Randy Rhoads live, what more can I say.
Published 6 days ago by J. S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Randy Rhoads - metals favorite son
Do yourself a favor and get your hands on everything Randy Rhoads ever recorded, cheers from Texas hail to the greatest metal player ever
Published 2 months ago by SpaceAceTX
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Randy was such a loss....
Published 2 months ago by Michael P. Souza
5.0 out of 5 stars item was good it arrived on time and packaging was good for ...
item was good it arrived on time and packaging was good for item being mailed and i'm a happy camper
Published 2 months ago by victoria david
5.0 out of 5 stars Where to start?
I was never a good player. However, I do have an ear for great players and there are a handful that give me goosebumps. Read more
Published 5 months ago by BeBopRedux
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine live document of one of the greats
It's Randy, captured live. What more do you need to know? ;)
I subtracted one star due to the mix, and extra crowd noise added in, but this is still essential.
Published 5 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Live Tribute
What to say about Ozzy that hasn't already been said. This is a Great Tribute to Randy Rhoads. Ozzy and crew do a Live performance and they make it all perfect from Ozzy's vocals... Read more
Published 6 months ago by RobJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Rock rotalty
One of the greatest guitar albums of all time. Hellooo! Randy Rhoades set the bar for metal shredders and influenced an entire generation of guitarists.
Published 8 months ago by kohn Dwight
5.0 out of 5 stars As Ozzy says, "That is what rock and roll is about!"
As someone who grew up listening to rock n roll in the 70's and 80's I listened to many different groups, but I did not pay much attention to Ozzy Osbourne or Black Sabbath until... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Howie592
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Ozzy and RR!
Nice tribute to RR. I have listen to it several times and can't get enough of it. Some of the live stuff putts back in time.
Published 9 months ago by dr
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