Album - Tribute
Artist – Ozzy Osbourne
Key Players – Tommy Aldridge –
drums. Rudy Sarzo – bass. Ozzy Osbourne – vocals. Randy Rhoads
– guitar. Bob Daisley played bass on “Goodbye to Romance” and
“No Bones Movies”. Lee Kerslake played drums on “Goodbye to
Romance” as well as “No Bones Movies”.
Produced By – Max Norman
Release Date – March 19, 1987
What caused me to blow off the dust? -
I have been thinking about this collection as of late so I decided to
check it out. I tend to NOT like to do best of's or live records
because both are usually the artists more well know tunes. Never the
less, decided to go with it.
Overview - The band was touring the US
for the “Diary of a Madman” album when on March 19, 1982 Randy
Rhodes boarded a small plane. The plane would crash killing all
The double live album was released 5
years after Randy's death.
FDF Comments (aka the songs) – The 13
live tracks start with the audience erupting as the band comes on the
stage to Carmina Burana (theme from the Omen as its wildly know).
Ozzy shouts “are you ready?” and “You are beautiful” as the
climax of the opera ends and Aldrige smashes the gong and “I Don't
Know” gets underway. Sarzo is right up there in the mix on the
bass and Ozzy is in all his glory. Of course we need to pay
attention to the fills from Rhoads...and there are a lot. He is
clean and tight with this riffs and everyone is right with him. The
live mix is good (the re-issue sounds particularly clean). As the
band hits the bridge and Ozzy tells everyone to “stand up” they
ease back some, but then it all comes back with Aldridge attacking
the kit and Rhoads then launching into the guitar solo. The covers
the fret board an awful lot and is very quick and clean. Sarzo is
not buried in the mix which is nice and we all come back in with the
gong crash. It speeds towards conclusion, a solid opener. The
classic “Crazy Train” follows and they don't let up. Ozzy seems
to struggle a little with the high notes, but the music is just so
tight you don't care. It is easily one of the most recognizable
guitar riffs ever. Sarzo gets the spotlight at the start of
“Believer” before Rhoads screeches in on the guitar. Aldrige and
Sarzo walk the bottom as Rhoads takes off, but not too far. The song
is a bit slower than the two juggernaut opening tracks, but its still
just as heavy and Rhoads is always on the attack. The sampled organ
loop of “Mr.Crowley” brings a thunderous roar from the audience
This is about as mellow as the band gets, but it is still pretty
darn heavy. Rhoads has a perfect solo. It is perfect on every
level, length, tone, speed and attack. Just top notch. Clean as
hell too. Why, it is so good, he does a second one. Showing he
is/was as big a name as the front man. Perhaps my favorite tune from
Ozzy comes in “Flying High Again”. He is so happy to play it he
tells the audience to “keep on smoking those joints!” It is a
pretty straight forward rock attack, but there is something about it
that is just perfect to me. “Revelation (Mother Earth)” is about
as “rock ballad” as this collection allows. The bass guitars and
drums don't want you to think that, but it is. “Steal Away (the
Night)” comes right out of the gates. Ozzy pushes himself and
Sarzo is right on task with Rhoads. This is a track for Aldridge as
we get a 4+ minute drum solo segment. One of the most popular and
controversial songs is next as “Suicide Solution” is performed.
The band is tight and on task and it is a terrific version, but what
stands out is the Rhoads solo. It is just him, nobody else besides a
wild crowd. If you close your eyes you can just see a spot light on
a guy, just going OFF on the guitar. It is a terrific hard rock solo
that is probably one of the key reasons people site Rhoads as an
influence. The band comes back in and the track heads towards a
conclusion. The band heads towards the Sabbath part of the set with
“Iron Man” leading the charge. It is a tight barring a few
flashes from Rhoads it is just about spot on to the original. The
band doesn't even slow down, other than for Ozzy to shout “This is Children Of the Grave!” Aldridge
gets on the ride cymbal and he continues to be the real back/driving
force on the album. Sarzo is sort of buried in the mix, but when you
are looking to showcase guitars, well you get it here and the end in
particular, smokes. “Paranoid” is the last song of what is
considered to be the same set. (Rumors have this as being May 11,
1981 from Cleveland Ohio). Rhoads plays the main bass riff on his
guitar for this song. The band does a ferocious take on this and it
rivals, dare one say, the original. Sarzo, and Aldrige go just as
hard as a Bill Ward and and Geezer Butler. Rhoads is a bit more
flashy that Iommi was, but its still a great version. “Goodbye to
Romance” and “No Bone Movies” were recorded (again rumored to
be from the first Blizzard of Ozz Tour October 2, 1980 from
Southampton) with Daisley on bass and Kerslake on drums. “Goodbye”
sounds as clean as a studio version. The constant scream/buzz from
the audience is a little overwhelming, but you can get over it
quickly enough. “No Bone..” is a bit more fun and satisfying and
is a solid “final track” for the collection. Rhoads is solid as
ever. “Dee” is culled from studio outtakes of Rhoads working on
a classically inspired guitar piece he had written for his mother.
Fans enjoy this version as it has Randy laughing and talking at
times. A nice side of a loud guitar player showing his calm/quiet
Where are they now? - As noted, Rhoads
died in 1982 after a plane crash.
After Rhodes death Sarzo was soon to
follow. He'd join up with Quiet Riot who would have large success
and also work with Whitesnake. More recently Sarzo has joined up
with Geoff Tate, the former front man for Queensryche, and is touring
as the bass player for his band as they perform an anniversary tour.
Tommy Aldrige worked with Sarzo as well, first in their project
M.A.R.S. He was with Sarzo in Whitesnake as well and then worked
with Motorhead and Ted Nugent. The most recent update on him is that
he is re-joining Whitesnake. Ozzy continues to write and perform and
has re-united with Black Sabbath. The band has a new album due in
June of 2013.
FDF Personal Comments (aka the Live
experience) – I've seen Ozzy on two separate OzzFest occasions.
The first was July 9, 1998 and the second was July 30, 2000. Both
were at the Tweeter/Comcast/Great Woods in Mansfield MA. Ozzy played
fun sets and it was wild to see a guy “that old” with “that
much” energy. I'd see him again.
FDF Overall Take - It is a time captule for sure. Its all very well known songs and new and old fans should be pleased with the selections. The sound has been cleared up. I always recall the cassette tape version I had of there where the audience roar was one long constant drone on the songs. We all know, that never happens at shows. The cleaned up version is better, but any version will do. Grab this one.
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