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”: