Randy Rhoads made two studio albums with Ozzy Osbourne before his unfortunate death in 1982. The second of these albums was 1981’s Diary of a Madman. In my opinion this album always edged out Ozzy’s first solo album, The Blizzard of Ozz, released earlier the same year. To me the last three tracks of this album were the pinnacle of classic early Ozzy, all made possible by the incredible guitar work of Randy Rhoads. The album ends in epic fashion with a choir singing along to the syncopated 6/8 rhythm of the guitars, reminiscent of Ozzy’s classic opening theme: O Fortuna. Ozzy is a ridiculous, silly man as can be learned from simply looking at almost any of his album covers, but put together with the right musical ensemble he is behind some of my favorite early heavy metal titles.
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