Blizzard of Ozz (Reissue)

Not yet heavy metal's Homer Simpson, Ozzy Osbourne in 1980 was nonetheless an elder statesman. But on his solo debut, the locomotion of "Crazy Train" proved indelible; explorations of alcoholism ("Suicide Solution") and Satanism ("Mr. Crowley") courted controversy; and the porn- addict rehab "No Bone Movies" matched metal's proggier, punkier younger bands. This remaster (issued simultaneously with 1981's Diary of a Madman) highlights rhythm-section tracks, and stands as a tribute to fallen Randy Rhoads, whose guitar symphonics majestify both the proper album and three bonus live cuts.

Listen to Ozzy Osbourne's "I Don't Know":

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From The Archives Issue 1132: June 9, 2011
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