(*/10) It was on March 19, 1982 when the metal world received the sad news that axeman Randy Rhoads died in a plane crash while he was on tour with Ozzy Osbourne. This was a shock for a lot of people since Rhoads gained a lot of popularity and respect over time. Especially since he teamed-up with Ozzy Osbourne he stood more and more in the spotlight.
With his sound he was formative for the sound of hardrock which is still influencing many guitarists. In 1987 Ozzy Osbourne released the fabolous "Randy Rhoads Tribute" which was done in memory of Randy Rhoads. The album was mainly based on a live recording from Cleveland, Ohio from 1981.
"Immortal Randy Rhoads" is now released via UDR and the album contains eleven songs where the guitar wizard was heavily involved. The longplayer covers many songs from the Osbourne area as well as two tracks from the early days of Quiet Riot.
Amazing the amount of well known musicians who joined in to record this tribute. Former band mates of Rhoads, like Rudy Sarzo and Frank Banali, have been part of many songs on the album (Sarzo played the bass on all tracks). But also guys like Serj Tankian and Tom Morello contibuted to the new recording of "Crazy train" and the mighty voice of Chuck Billy enriches "Mr. Crowley". And there have been much more artists involved, thinking about guitarists like George Lynch, Alexi Laiho, Bernie Torme, Gus, G, ...
The high level of contribution to this tribute album shows the impact that the six-stringer from Santa Monica, California had/has on the metal scene. It is a great album that should become a part of each metal collection.
- Crazy train (Blizzard of Ozz) (feat. Serj Tankian, Tom Morello, Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice)
- Over the mountain (Diary of a madman) (feat. Ripper Owens, Jon Donais, Rudy Sarzo, Frankie Banali)
- Mr. Crowley (Blizzard of Ozz) (feat. Kelle Rhoads, Chuck Billy, Alexi Laiho, Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice)
- Suicide solution (Blizzard of Ozz) (feat. Ripper Owens, Brad Gillis, Rudy Sarzo, Brett Chassen)
- I don't know (Blizzard of Ozz) (feat. Ripper Owens, George Lynch, Rudy Sarzo, Brett Chassen)
- Flying high again (Diary of a madman) (feat. Ripper Owens, Bernie Torme, Rudy Sarzo, Brett Chassen)
- Goodbye to romance (Blizzard of Ozz) (feat. Ripper Owens, Gus G, Rudy Sarzo, Brett Chassen)
- Back to the coast (Quiet Riot) (feat. Kelle Rhoads, Bruce Kulick, Rudy Sarzo, Frankie Banali)
- Killer girls (Quiet Riot II) (feat. Ripper Owens, Joel Hoekstra, Rudy Sarzo, Brett Chassen)
- Believer (Diary of a madman) (feat. Ripper Owens, Doug Aldrich, Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice)
- S.A.T.O. (Diary of a madman) (feat. Ripper Owens, Bob Kulick, Dweezil Zappa, Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice)
Genre: Heavy Metal