Great Metal Albums of 1981: Ozzy Osbourne- Blizzard of Oz

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“Heaven and Hell” proved for Black Sabbath that there was life after Ozzy, however, in 1981, Ozzy’s debut solo album “Blizzard of Oz” proved for him there was life after Sabbath. Since his departure from the band in 1978, the Oz had been battling with booze and drugs but he managed to clean himself up enough to put out an album that would forever be a major rock in the foundation of heavy metal. “Blizzard of Oz” changed the way many people, me too, at the time thought about hard rock music. It was in this year that I acknowledged heavy metal as its own genre of rock music and this album was one of the reasons why.

There is preciously very little about “Blizzard of Oz” that I could say that hasn’t been already said. The only thing I can do is to share how it has influenced me over the many years and I still worry if I will be able to do it justice. What I like most about it is the fact that Ozzy didn’t go out and recreate an album that sounded like his former band. His brand of metal here is totally unique but you still know that it is Ozzy at the mike. That comes through clearly with the opener “I Don’t Know,” a good opening song as any. It leads the listener onto to want to listen to the rest of the album while letting you know, (if this was 1981), that Ozzy was back. But there are so many great classic songs on the album that are still popular among metalheads today. “Suicide Solution,” “Mr Crowley” and the single “Crazy Train” will forever go down in the annals of metal history as classic all time great metal songs. Even the ballads “Goodbye to Romance” and the powerful “Mother Earth” play their part in making “Blizzard of Oz” the iconic album that is still is.

I don’t want to take anything away from the great Ozzy here because his vocals on here can’t be duplicated and prove his abilities. Still, what catapults this album from being good to being great is the guitar work from the late Randy Rhodes. He is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time and he definitely shows why on “Blizzard of Oz.” The solo on “Crazy Train” is one of my favourite and what he does on the other tracks is completely out of this world. So the math teacher in me concludes that Ozzy+ Randy = some memorable heavy metal.

Track Listing:

1. I Don’t Know

2. Crazy Train

3. Goodbye to Romance

4. Dee

5. Suicide Solution

6.Mr Crowely

7. No Bones Movies

8. Mother Earth

9. Steal Away (The Night)

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Ozzy Osbourne- vocals

Randy Rhodes- guitar

 Bob Daisley -bass

Lee Kerslake – drums

Don Airey- keyboards

A few months ago, I shared a petition that Ozzy should receive a knighthood for his services to music. I was informed that the petition has nearly reached its quota for signatures and may have fully done so since then. “Blizzard of Oz” is a rock solid reason why he should get a gong. To sign the petition, go to: https://www.causes.com/campaigns/39911-knight-ozzy-osbourne

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12 Responses to “Great Metal Albums of 1981: Ozzy Osbourne- Blizzard of Oz”

  1. Awesome album. I love the bonus track “You Looking At Me, Looking At You.”

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  2. Like your spin on it. Total agree,for me it was really my first introduction to Ozzy. The first Sabbath album I ever bought was Mob Rules so for me I perferred Dio with Sabbath and Ozzy solo and than a buddy at the time got into,Sabbath huge than I heard the Ozzy Sabbath material and I still perferred Ozzy solo ,Dio with Sabbath hahaha……
    Still man that guitar playing on the Blizzard Of Ozzy is of the hook man…..
    Also wish Ozzy would have ram with the name of his band Blizzard Of Oz…dug it…..

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    • Thanks and I’ve always dug Blizzard of Oz too. Black Sabbath would have headlined my dream concert and it would have started with Ozzy at the mike for about 45 mins to an hour and then he would have left the stage and Ronnie James Dio would have come out and sang for about the same time. They would have traded off songs on the encores and finished with a duette on Paranoid. Shame it can never happen now.

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  3. This album is almost like a greatest hits in itself. Absolutely amazing that Ozzy pulled this off when he did, and RR certainly deserves a lot of the credit. If you don’t like this record, you don’t like Ozzy, period. And if you don’t like Ozzy then you don’t like metal.

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  4. Very very big album!!, I like so much. Every song is a hot hit!!!

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  5. OzzY OsbournE and Randy Rhoads are gods!
    Do you know the Japanese Randy Rhoads?
    http://tokyo5.wordpress.com/2009/08/29/9yo-randy-rhoads/

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  6. Looks like the petition succeeded, and when you consider some of the tax-avoiding no-marks who have been honoured maybe Ozzy’s official recognition might bring some integrity back to the system. He was made a Freeman of Birmingham, so he now has the right to drive his sheep through the city.

    I think he subtly shifted his style to suit the American market and with Rhodes alongside him found an effective formula; hook filled tracks and those guitars were an irresistable combination.

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    • That is good news about the petition but I didn’t know Ozzy owned any sheep lol. I think you’re absolutely right about the Ozzy/Rhodes combination, it was irresistable.

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