As part of the show’s sixth anniversary, we bring you a month full of Classic Albums Columns. The first one focuses on Ozzy Osbourne’s Blizzard Of Ozz. During Mars Attacks Podcast episode 120 you will hear comments from former members of Ozzy’s band, Brian Tichy and Carmine Appice. Monte Pittman who studied at Musonia School Of Music run by Randy Rhoads’ family. Carl Canedy, whose band The Rods, opened for Ozzy on some of those early tours. Other notable musicians that lend their comments to the episode are Anthrax’s Charlie Benante, Testament’s Gene Hoglan, Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer, two former Watchtower lead singers, Alan Tecchio and Jason McMaster, Racer X lead vocalist Jeff Martin, and his partner in crime from Blasted To Static Stu Marshall. Shredders like Joe Stump, Dave Reffett and Glen Drover, journalists and show hosts Bob Nalbandian, Martin Popoff, and Mitch Lafon.
You will find the podcast at the bottom of this post. You will also find links to the album on Spotify, or you can purchase the album from here.
Remember that you can go here index page to find out further details on everyone involved in the column.
Chris Tsangarides – I love the songs on this album! I was the producer at the start of this project but sadly didn’t manage to see it to its conclusion. There are stories about how I was hired to mix it but it “wasn’t happening” etc etc. The truth of the matter was that I was put on the project the day before it started much to my surprise. When I turned up at the studio the next day Ozzy was just as surprised but said you’re here now so let’s get on with it. Trouble was that they were not that rehearsed and so the drummer started complaining about the sound and making excuses as to why he couldn’t play. I called the label and David Arden came down, they had a meeting and suddenly everyone was up for continuing. I got on very well with Randy as we were of the same mindset and age. Unfortunately I contracted an ear infection and therefore had to leave the project. A few months after the sessions I met up with Randy at a Gary Moore gig I was recording. On the way to the after show party he told me that he thought the end result of the record “sucked” He wasn’t happy with how it turned out after I left. It made me feel that he appreciated my efforts but ultimately it just goes to show that you can’t hold back great songs even with a fairly average production. This album has become an all time must have classic….
Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal – Blizzard and Diary were just so fucking good, both. Randy did such beautiful stuff, such great songs… would take my guitar, my Marshall combo and MXR Distortion+ over a friend’s house and we’d jam to all those songs day and night…
Greg Prato – It’s truly amazing that both Sab and Ozzy were reborn in 1980, with 2 killer albums, ‘Heaven and Hell’ and ‘Blizzard of Oz,’ respectively. At the time in the world of rock guitar, everyone was copying Eddie Van Halen. Then along came the great Randy Rhoads, and suddenly, “classical metal” guitar had been created – and soon embraced by the likes of Yngwie Malmsteen. “I Don’t Know,” “Crazy Train,” “Suicide Solution,” “Mr. Crowley” – not a bad song in the bunch.
Dave Starr – IMO…. far better then anything he ever did with Black Sabbath. Randy Rhoads was so talented.
Jon Leon – This album is amazing. 2 men, Bob Daisley and Randy Rhoads wrote amazing songs and saved Ozzy Osbournes Career. He should thank them daily. Ozzy would probably be getting fucked in the ass in a dark alley off sunset blvd right now for cash if Bob Daisley and R Rhoads had not come along and wrote material that would become some of the most classic in music history. RIP one of my fave guitarists in Randy Rhoads. His tone and since of melody only rivaled by M Schenker in my opinion. The first 2 OZZY albums are classic and both are top 25 material. Too bad Sharon Osbourne has raped the legacy of this classic by having Rob(bass) from Metallica and Mike(Drums) from Faith no More re record Bob Daisley’s bass tracks and Lee Kerslake’s drums to avoid paying them royalties. Shame on her and both of them for spreading their cheeks and taking the money and doing it. Seek out releases previous to that from earlier 90’s or 80’s on cd to hear what a masterpiece this truly is. I recommend the vinyl versions. Just as good as songwriting and albums get in this genre. Best rhythm section ever in metal only rivaled by Harris/Burr and Harris/Mcbrain. Yes-it was that good. Too bad there was not more done by these 4. It is one of the tragedies of music history that these 4 did not stay together, call the band Blizzard of Oz as was originally planned and taken over. Like GnR did with one album…..Ozzy and Randy have become legends on these 2 records. They stand the test of time and will hold up for eternity.
Joel Gausten – What a band! Bob Daisley is one of the greatest lyricists to ever grace the world of Heavy Metal. Lee Kerslake was/is an underrated master of the drums. Randy Rhoads…enough said. And the singer ain’t bad either.
Metal Mike – Obviously, it’s amazing on many level from the songs to the talent of Randy Rhoads. The album has a magical quality to it. I spent plenty of summers learning the guitar leads found on this album while my friends were on dates getting drunk at the Jersey Shore (way before Snookie invaded).
Erik Kluiber – Over the Mountain!
Phil Rind – Classic! Randy Rhoads resurrects Ozzy’s career.
James J. LaRue – I prefer Sabbath with Dio and Ozzy solo, but I’ll take Dio solo over any of it. This album was great though, classic songs, and as Ozzy’s solo debut, it was cool that it sounded different than Sabbath. It was younger, more energetic, and less gloomy. And I think a lot of that was Randy being so young. Not just in his writing or playing, but the vibe he must have brought to the outfit.
Scott LePage – Randy Rhoads was a huge influence on me (and many others!). I love the songs on Blizzard. The multi-track soloing style Randy used was not a new technique, but his feel and style of those solos still make me shiver.
Jim Florentine – A lot of memories with this amazing album. I was an angry teenager and needed to put this on to calm down.
JL – Who doesn’t like Crazy Train? The charismatic former front man of Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoads could do no wrong on his solo debut.
Chris Shrum – The guitar, bass and vocal work was inspirational for all levels of musicians.
Mikey Pannone – If I may paraphrase the Prince of Darkness himself, I recall him saying that he always liked the first album released by a band, because “they’ve got nothing to lose”. I can totally agree with him in most cases, and his own first album as a solo artist is no exception. Great album! A masterpiece.
Will Carroll – When this album came out I thought Ozzy was a direct messanger from hell which added to the album’s vibe. Not quite as good as its follow up Diary Of A Madman but it still kicks ass. When I hear Randy Rhoads’ guitar I feel like I’m soaring through the cosmos. The only other guitarist that can do that to me is Glen Tipton.
Steve Smyth – Randy is a HUGE influence and hero to me, and this album was my first exposure to him. A truly wonderful album that has every facet of his playing showcased, and a killer performance from Ozzy throughout! Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake were an awesome rhythm section as well. My favorites from this album would be Revelation (Mother Earth) [which we got as far as covering with Nevermore, but was never released (officially anyway…)], Mr Crowley, Steal Away The Night, man the whole album…. I have been in a BlackSabbath/Ozzy tribute for the last 17 years called SweetLeaf, and absolutely LOVE playing songs from this and the ever killer Diary Of A Madman albums!
David Ellefson – When I heard the opening guitar riff and bass fill to “I Don’t Know” I was hooked within 10 seconds on this entire album….it is truly a masterpiece! Ozzy is one of only about two Metal singers to successfully move on with a real solo career (Ronnie James DIo being the other) and this lineup couldn’t have been more perfect for his maiden voyage. ‘Blizzard…” also cemented bassist Bob Daisley as one of my all-time favorite players for his extremely aggressive yet melodic bass playing as well as his fantastic songwriting. I understand he wrote a lot of the lyrics, too. Also, Max Norman was a god to me after his work on these Ozzy albums.
Bat – Think this is in my top 3 desert Island discs. Randy Rhoads was God to me as a kid. He played so well, The songs and musicianship on this album are awesome. Its such a pity that the legacy has been tarnished by Sharon Osbourne’s greed. I try not to think of her and the new image of Ozzy when I listen. I transport myself back to a time when this album meant so much to me.
Bruce Moore – Blizzard of Oz is an album that literally changed my life. It was the first ‘heavy’ record that I had ever purchased and I bought it strictly by the looks of the cover. The first few notes of “I Don\t Know,” made me a metal head for life. Almost 30 years later this album is still in my regular rotation and I never tire of it. Top to bottom it is a masterpiece.
Patrick Kennison – Looking back this album still rocks. Randy Rhoades set the bar high for bringing the EVH crossed with classical lead playing to metal. Without him Ozzy would have remained washed up. Maybe dead?
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