<title>Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train - Solo</title>
<description>My recording of the solo from Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train"</description>
<series order="19">2022 music project</series>
After <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozzy_Osbourne">Ozzy Osbourne</a>
got fired from <em>Black Sabbath</em> 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 <em>Blizzard of Ozz</em>). Legend has it that all Ozzy
needed to hear from <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Rhoads">Randy
Rhoads</a> 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.
<em>Crazy Train</em> was the 2nd track on the first record that Ozzy
and Randy recorded,
<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blizzard_of_Ozz"><em>Blizzard of Ozz</em></a>
(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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<em>Crazy Train</em> solo from Ozzy Osbourne's 1981 album
<em>Blizzard of Ozz</em>
Here's me trying my best.
Cover of Randy Rhoads' iconic solo from <em>Crazy Train</em>
Screenshot of my
<a href="https://ardour.org/">Ardour</a>/<a href="http://hydrogen-music.org/">Hydrogen</a>