Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train - Solo

This article is part 19 of 52 in the 2022 music project series.

After Ozzy Osbourne got fired from Black Sabbath for somehow doing too many drugs for a rock star, he formed his own band, which eventually was just named after himself after everyone else told him "no puns" (originally the new band was to be Blizzard of Ozz). Legend has it that all Ozzy needed to hear from Randy Rhoads during his audition was a warm-up, after which he exclaimed, "You've got the job." Unfortunately Ozzy doesn't remember any of this and many of the claims of when Randy and Ozzy actually met are disputed, but it makes for a good story.

Crazy Train was the 2nd track on the first record that Ozzy and Randy recorded, Blizzard of Ozz (Ozzy was not a man to be denied his puns, apparently). The introduction, main riff and solo are all equally iconic in their own ways. It's amazing to me that this was released in 1980 for how incredibly influential and pervasive it was.

The solo is only 16 bars long but full of unique hammer-on/pull-off techniques, tapping licks, legato passages and just generally rad stuff. It definitely deserves its status as one of the greatest rock solos of all time.

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Crazy Train solo from Ozzy Osbourne's 1981 album Blizzard of Ozz

Here's me trying my best.


Cover of Randy Rhoads' iconic solo from Crazy Train

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Screenshot of my Ardour/Hydrogen setup