EK 85247 Blizzard of Ozz
Produced by Ozzy Osbourne, Bob Daisley, Lee Kerslake, Randy Rhoads
Released on September 20, 1980
UK CHART POSITION #7 . . . US CHART POSITION #21 . . . 4x PLATINUM RECORD
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EK 85247 cover
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K ronomyth 1.0: NEVER SAY DEAD. I never thaw it coming: Ozzy emerging from his pixilated winter to unleash one of the most awesome metal albums of all time. Of course he lucked into an incredible guitarist, manager, et cetera. The man has more luck than a rabbit and more lives than a cat. But there comes a point at which a reasonable mind has to admit that no one can be that lucky, and Blizzard was that point for me. Every song on here, minus maybe “No Bone Movies,” is absolutely classic. It begins with a powerful refutation of power, “I Don’t Know,” then careens into “Crazy Train” and by the time the romantic “Goodbye To Romance” rolls around your thumb and index finger will be stained in butane. Ozzy’s opus uno also includes the infamous “Suicide Solution” and “Mr. Crowley,” the latter one of the best gothic metal songs, period. And on the closing pair of “Revelation” and “Steal Away,” Ozzy becomes metal-prog Oggy for ten minutes of bliss. For a time, all Rhoads led to Randy as the real wizard of Ozz, and he certainly does surpass anything in the canon on “Crazy Train,” but the fact that Ozzy still manages to outshine his hired golden boy says all you need to know about the true Blizzard king. Of course, credit also goes to Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake, or did until Ozzy and Sharon stripped the pair from the past in 2002 with a remixed version that featured the then-current rhythm section of Robert Trujillo and Mike Bordin playing their parts. They even removed Daisley from the back cover album artwork, so deep was their disenchantment with the pair’s lawsuit against the Osbournes for royalty recognition. In my opinion, the 2002 remix/remaster is an abomination, in all ways inferior to the original. The addition of the nonalbum B side “You Lookin’ At Me Lookin’ At You” isn’t enough to make me look the other way, either. If you’re really interested in Ozz, pick up the 1995 remaster and ignore everything after.

EK 85247 back sleeve
EK 85247 back sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. I DON'T KNOW    5:14
  2. CRAZY TRAIN    4:51
  3. GOODBYE TO ROMANCE    5:33
  4. DEE    (Randy Rhoads)    0:49
  5. SUICIDE SOLUTION    4:16
  6. MR. CROWLEY    4:55
  7. NO BONE MOVIES    (Ozzy Osbourne/Bob Daisley/Randy Rhoads/Lee Kerslake)    3:52
  8. REVELATION (MOTHER EARTH)    6:08
  9. STEAL AWAY (THE NIGHT)    3:28
  10. (CD bonus track:) YOU LOOKIN' AT ME LOOKIN' AT YOU    (4:16)

    All songs written by Ozzy Osbourne/Bob Daisley/Randy Rhoads unless noted

CREDITS

OZZY OSBOURNE -- lead vocals, harmony vocals
BOB DAISLEY -- bass guitar, harmony vocals, gongs
LEE KERSLAKE -- drums, percussion, tubular bells, timpani drums
RANDY RHOADS -- all guitars
Don Airey -- keyboards
Mike Bordin -- drums, percussion, timpani drums, gongs on 2002 remaster
Mark Lennon -- background vocals (2002 remaster)
Danny Saber -- tubular bells (2002 remaster)
John Shanks -- background vocals (9) (2002 remaster)
Robert Trujillo -- bass guitar on 2002 remaster
Max Norman -- engineer
Thom Panunzio -- engineer, remix (2002 remaster)
Herman Villacota -- engineer, remix (2002 remaster)
David Coleman -- art direction
Fin Costello, Neal Preston, Mark Weiss, Ross Halfin, Paul Natkin -- photography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK September 20, 1980 Jet LP JETLP-234 lyric sleeve, poster
JPN 1980 Jet LP 25AP-1992  
NET 1980 Epic LP/CS 450453-1/4 lyric sleeve
US/CAN March 27, 1981 CBS/Jet LP/CS JZ/JZT-36812 lyric sleeve
BRA 1981 Epic LP 144716  
MEX 1981 Jet LP LNS-17382 lyric sleeve
UK 1987 Jet CD CDJET-234  
US   Epic CD ZK-36812  
JPN 1989 CBS/Sony CD 25DP-5220  
US/BRA/CAN August 22, 1995 Epic CD EK-67235 digital remaster
JPN 1995 Sony CD SRCS-8477 digital remaster
UK 1999 Epic LP 481674-1 180g vinyl
UK   Simply Vinyl LP SVLP-380 180g vinyl
US April 2, 2002 Epic CDX EK-85247 remixed w. bonus track
FRA 2002 Epic CD 502040-2 digital remaster
JPN 2007 Epic CD EICP-779 digital remaster

 

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