There’s is no denying that legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads laid down some of the best guitar work in history during his short life. His passion for blending classical music with metal has inspired thousands and was at the heart of his innovative tones and solos. Rhoads drew inspiration from everything around him, and he was the spark for Ozzy Osbourne‘s new solo career in 1980 following the frontman’s untimely firing from Black Sabbath.
Rhoads played on two of Osbourne’s best solo records, Blizzard of Oz and Diary of a Madman, before his life came to an end on a fateful day in March 1982 in a plane crash. His legend lives on, though, and with the help of an all-star cast, his best songs are forever honored on Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute. The guest list reads like a who’s who of both modern and classic metal, including Serj Tankian, Tom Morello, Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Chuck Billy, Alexi Laiho, Bruce Kulick, Frankie Banali, George Lynch, Dweezil Zappa, Gus G. and more.
Every song on here – from the “Crazy Train” opener to the “Flying High Again” closer – shines. Each musician leaves his own mark on each track, and you can actually make out the different tones of some, although they are mostly playing Rhoads’ work note for note. My personal favorites are “S.A.T.O.” and “Suicide Solution.” These modernized versions kick ass! The old, obscure Quiet Riot songs are very cool, too. Randy’s brother, Kelle, even contributes vocals to “Back to the Coast.”
This tribute album, like the Dio album last year, is a testament to the talent of this metal legend.
Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute is out March 3rd on UDR Music. Pre-order it here!
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Alex Laiho Blizzard of Ozz Bob Kulick Bruce Kulick Chuck Billy Diary of a Madman Dweezil Zappa Frankie Banali George Lynch Gus G Kelle Rhoads Ozzy Osbourne Quiet Riot Randy Rhoads Rudy Sarzo Serj Tankian Tim "Ripper" Owens Tom Morello UDR Music Vinny Appice