Make sure to pick up the June edition of Rolling Stone to check out the great review on Blizzard Of Ozz! Expanding on the dark and vivid images that present themselves in such timeless tracks as “Suicide Solutions” and “No Bone Movies”, the review features a touching praise to the late great Randy Rhoads.
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Oz’s solo debut rides crazy train with Randy Rhoads
Not yet heavy metal’s Homer Simpson, Ozzy Osbourne in 1980 was nonetheless an elder statesman. But on his solo debut, the locomotion of “Crazy Train” proved indelible; explorations of alcoholism (“Suicide Solution”) and Satanism (“Mr. Crowley”) courted controversy; and the porn-addict rehab “No Bone Movies’ matched metal’s proggier, punkier younger bands. This remaster (issued simultaneously with 1981’s Diary of a Madman) highlights rhythm section tracks, and stands as a tribute to fallen Randy Rhoads, whose guitar symphonics majestify both the proper album and three bonus live cuts.
By Chuck Eddy