Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist Randy Rhoads was a technical genius on his instrument, but that's only half the story. Rhoads shaped the direction of Osbourne's first two post-Sabbath recordings, Diary of a Madman and Blizzard of Ozz, which still stand as his best solo studio albums. Rhoads also was capable of pulling the best out of Osbourne onstage, a notable accomplishment in itself. This live set was released five years after Rhoads's death in a bizarre plane accident, and it's still a striking reminder of what was lost. Osbourne and company run through the Blizzard album in its entirety, adding a few tunes from Diary, and the Sabbath classics "Iron Man," "Children of the Grave," and "Paranoid." The highlights are Rhoads's guitar freakout on "Suicide Solution" and studio outtakes of his solo acoustic showcase, "Dee." --Daniel Durchholz
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My Guitar Hero
Monkdude | Hampton, Virginia | 06/15/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There have been a ton of great rock guitar players throughout the last 50 years, but none have had more of an impact on me than Randy Rhoads. His complex riffs and mesmerizing guitar solos got me to pick up the guitar in the first place. The skill level he possessed at such a young age is mind blowing. His sound is like what you would hear if Eddie Van Halen and Yngwie Malmsteen's guitars mated and had a baby. More importantly, as fast as he could play, he never sacrificed melody. Some of the most beautiful guitar solos of all time can be found on his only two albums with Ozzy Osbourne. Sadly, this guy was just getting started when he died at the age of 25.
If you thought Blizzard of Oz and Diary of a Madman showcased his talents, you haven't heard nothing yet. This live CD fully unleashed his abilites that could no longer be contained. His solos are longer, often superior to the studio recordings, and he even makes a few Black Sabbath songs sound a heck of a lot better.
Oh yeah, the band around him is also great and Ozzy's vocals are very solid. The track list is a good mix of solo Ozzy's first two albums and some Sabbath tunes. The only thing is, the audio quality is remastered, but it still isn't that clear. It does give it a somewhat raw sound, which is expected for something recorded back in 1981. Overall, Tribute remains one of my favorite CDs that I have ever owned.
Ozzy has had a number of great guitar players (Tony Iommi, Zakk Wylde, etc.) from Black Sabbath through his long solo career, but none have captured that two year span of magic called the Randy Rhoads era."