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Ozzy Osbourne Hears Isolated Randy Rhoads “Crazy Train” Solo for First Time in 36 Years

Ozzy Osbourne recently heard the raw, unmixed master tape of his hit song “Crazy Train” for the first time since he recorded it on March 22, 1980. And by all appearances, it was an emotional moment for the heavy metal legend.

The occasion was captured on an episode of Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour, the History TV show featuring Osbourne and his son.

Osbourne became visibly moved as he listened to the guitar work of Randy Rhoads, the young virtuoso guitarist who cowrote the song with him. Rhoads served as Osbourne’s guitarist from 1979 to 1982, during which time they recorded the first two albums of the singer’s solo career: Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman. Rhoads died on the Diary of a Madman tour when a small aircraft in which he was a passenger crashed during an early morning joyride on March 19, 1982.

“Randy Rhoads was a big part of my life, and he still is to a certain degree,” Osbourne says in the clip. “I’m always thinking about him.”

During the listening session, the studio engineers isolate Rhoads’ guitar solo, allowing Osbourne—and the rest of us—to hear his guitar work in all its glory.

“It’s bittersweet,” Ozzy says of hearing the tape. “Randy Rhoads died not long after that. It’s kind of like going back to a good time but yet a really horrible time at the same time. I only wish he could be around a little bit longer.”

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Christopher Scapelliti is editor-in-chief of Guitar Player (opens in new tab) magazine, the world’s longest-running guitar magazine, founded in 1967. In his extensive career, he has authored in-depth interviews with such guitarists as Pete Townshend, Slash, Billy Corgan, Jack White, Elvis Costello and Todd Rundgren, and audio professionals including Beatles engineers Geoff Emerick and Ken Scott. He is the co-author of Guitar Aficionado: The Collections: The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World (opens in new tab), a founding editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine, and a former editor with Guitar WorldGuitar for the Practicing Musician and Maximum Guitar. Apart from guitars, he maintains a collection of more than 30 vintage analog synthesizers.