ARTIST: Ozzy Osbourne
TITLE: Blizzard of Ozz
YEAR RELEASED: 1980
CHART ACTION: #21 US, #7 UK
SINGLES: Crazy Train (#106 US, #9 Mainstream, #49 UK), Mr. Crowley (#46 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: I Don’t Know, Suicide Solution
LINEUP: Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads, Bob Daisley, Lee Kerslake, Don Airey
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Debut solo album from Black Sabbath front man is more energetic and lively than anything he sang with his old group since 1975.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Somehow, after several years in a creative stupor thanks to drugs and…well…drugs, Ozzy Osbourne got it together after being fired from Black Sabbath for good (well, kinda for good with all the reunions and all) and created his best known solo work with his best known song.
A lot of the credit goes to Ozzy’s band. They were spitting hot fire behind Ozzy, especially guitar hot-shot Randy Rhoads (having escaped Quiet Riot). Ozzy and the band put together several memorable hooks and riffs, and constructed some memorable songs.
Don’t kid yourself, it’s not a perfect record. There are a couple of clunkers (ballads, feh). But this put Ozzy on the map – ironically at the same time his old band was also going through a creative renaissance.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: There was a lot of drama behind the scenes with the original producer being fired, songwriting credits not being equitable, and the band name itself, which was supposed to be a band named Blizzard of Ozz.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, the 2002 reissue should be avoided because Sharon Osbourne basically had the bass and drum parts re-recorded to spite Daisley and Kerslake. The recent re-issue restores to original.
GRADE: B+: Most cuts are pretty good to great, but as for my ears, Ozzy and ballads don’t mix.