OZZY OSBOURNE — Blizzard Of Ozz (review)

OZZY OSBOURNE — Blizzard Of Ozz album cover Album · 1980 · Heavy Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
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Blizzard Of Ozz was Ozzy Osbourne’s first solo album and it is a classic of the genre. Ozzy was kicked out of Black Sabbath after the Never Say Die album in 1978 and he started recording this album in 1979. The band that he gathered around him was an all star cast consisting of Bob Daisley (ex-Rainbow) on bass, Lee Kerslake (Uriah Heep) on drums, Don Airey (who played on the Never Say Die album among many others) on keyboards and Randy Rhoads (ex-Quiet Riot) on guitars. The latter is an amazing player who it often cited (together with Yngwie Malmsteen) as the originator of Neo-Classical Metal and his solos on this album are fantastic. He even gets to play a lovely short acoustic instrumental number called Dee (which continues the tradition of Ozzy’s former band where Tony Iommi often played acoustic instrumentals on the albums).

Songs like Mr. Crowley (about Alistair Crowley), Crazy Train and I Don’t Know became instant classics and were played live by Ozzy for the rest of his long career. Goodbye To Romance is a ballad that together with Dee brings an appealing diversity to the album. Revelation (Mother Earth) is more of a progressive song of the kind that Ozzy would often do on subsequent albums, most notably the excellent title track on the Diary Of A Madman album. The only songs I don’t like very much here are No Bone Movies and Steel Away The Night. These rather straightforward songs keeps this album from getting an even higher rating from me.

Highly recommended addition to any Metal collection
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