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Ozzy Osbourne Hears “Crazy Train” Master Tape For The First Time, And Can’t Believe His Ears | Society Of Rock Videos

It’s hard to imagine there being anything left in the world that could throw Ozzy Osbourne for a loop – I mean once you’ve snorted ants, and youve bitten the head off a bat you’ve pretty much done everything, but on a recent adventure with his son Jack, life threw Ozzy a serious curveball as it landed him in the studio, staring at something he hadn’t seen or heard in years: his “Crazy Train” master tape.

Co-written by Osbourne and the late guitarist Randy Rhoads, “Crazy Train” as a master tape hadn’t been heard by Ozzy since he actually recorded it in 1980. When Jack suggested he take a listen, he refuses and at first you assume it’s because as a rough mix it’s just a little too rough for Ozzy until he opens his mouth to speak and you realize that it’s not a matter of the mix being too rough – it’s a matter of bringing back memories of guitarist and good friend band member Randy Rhoads, who died two years after the song’s release.

Filmed in a small television studio in Rochester, New York during the Spring 1981 Blizzard of Ozz U.S. Tour.

Shaken and more than a little amazed as he listens to the master tape of “Crazy Train” and talks about his relationship with Randy, Ozzy’s trip down memory lane is a bittersweet one, giving fans and his own son an emotionally charged glimpse into parts of himself that no one is allowed to see. It’s clear that for Ozzy, “Crazy Train” isn’t just a song and the memories attached to its recording sessions are some of the fondest of his career

Rhoads combined his classical music influences with his own heavy metal style. He died in a Plane accident on March 19, 1982 (aged 25) while on tour with Osbourne’s Blizzard Of Oz tour in Florida in 1982. Despite his short career, Rhoads, who was a major influence on the heavy rock scene, is cited as an influence by many guitarists.

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One of the most venerated guitarists ever to grace hard rock music, the late, great Randy Rhoads, will be celebrated in the truest of fashions with the release of IMMORTAL RANDY RHOADS – THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE. A collection of 11 classic Rhoads co-written songs, IMMORTAL RANDY RHOADS – THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE  is performed by twenty top contemporary artists, including old friends and performing partners Rudy Sarzo and Frankie Banali, and was produced & compiled by the Grammy-award winning guitarist and producer Bob Kulick at his own studio.

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A lover of classical music, Rhoads had taken initial steps into rock’n’roll as a 16 year old when he formed a band, that soon became Quiet Riot. Rhoads was vaulted to the limelight in 1979 when Ozzy Osbourne chose the relatively unknown guitarist to help shape a new future for him via his band, Blizzard of Oz. The result saw Rhoads co-script two of the most famous albums in hard rock history, Blizzard Of Oz and Diary of A Madman, and rapidly ascended the stairway of fame and recognition for his virtuoso playing and writing. Famed for the way he fused classical flavors with technically-excellent hard rock, Rhoads became one of the most influential lead guitarists in rock. When he tragically died on March 19th 1982 in a plane accident, Rhoads was only 25 years old, but thankfully, the legend of his work, ethos and their continuing influence on a whole new generation of guitarists, has never dimmed.

Along with the CD, IMMORTAL RANDY RHOADS – THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE, will also contain a bonus DVD, including a feature on the Musonia School of Music, a teaching school on North Hollywood, California, set up by Randy’s mother and run by his brother Kelle Rhoads.

TRACK LISTING:

01    Crazy Train (feat. Serj Tankian, Tom Morello, Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice)
02    Over the Mountain (feat. Ripper Owens, Jon Donais, Rudy Sarzo, Frankie Banali)
03    Mr Crowley (feat. Kelle Rhoads, Chuck Billy, Alexi Laiho, Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice)
04    Suicide Solution (feat. Ripper Owens, Brad Gillis, Rudy Sarzo, Brett Chassen)
05    I Don’t Know (feat. Ripper Owens, George Lynch, Rudy Sarzo, Brett Chassen)
06    Flying High Again (feat. Ripper Owens, Bernie Torme, Rudy Sarzo, Brett Chassen)
07    Goodbye to Romance (feat. Ripper Owens, Gus G, Rudy Sarzo, Brett Chassen)
08    Back To The Coast (feat. Kelle Rhoads, Bruce Kulick, Rudy Sarzo, Frankie Banali)
09    Killer Girls (feat. Ripper Owens, Joel Hoekstra, Rudy Sarzo, Brett Chassen)
10    Believer (feat. Ripper Owens, Doug Aldrich, Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice)
11    S A T 0 (feat. Ripper Owens, Bob Kulick, Dweezil Zappa, Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice)