Crazy Train

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"Crazy Train"
Single by Ozzy Osbourne
from the album Blizzard of Ozz
B-side "You Lookin' at Me Lookin' at You"
Released

September 20, 1980
August 22, 1995 (re-issue)

May 31st 2011 (Legacy Edition re-issue)
Format 7" Vinyl (45RPM)
Recorded March 22, 1980
Genre Heavy metal
Length 4:56
Label Jet, Epic
Writer(s) Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads, Bob Daisley
Producer(s) Randy Rhoads, Bob Daisley, Lee Kerslake
Certification Woah
Ozzy Osbourne singles chronology
"Crazy Train"
(1980)
"Mr Crowley"
(1980)
"Crazy Train (Live)"
Single by Ozzy Osbourne
from the album Tribute
B-side "Crazy Train"
"I Don't Know"
Released 1987
Format 7" Vinyl (45 RPM)
Recorded 1981
Genre Heavy metal
Length 5:19
Label Epic
Producer(s) Max Norman
Ozzy Osbourne singles chronology
"The Ultimate Sin"
(1986)
"Crazy Train (Live)"
(1987)
"Miracle Man"
(1988)

"Crazy Train" is the first single from British heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne's debut solo album, Blizzard of Ozz, released in 1980. A live version of the song recorded in 1981 from the album Tribute was also released as a single in 1987 with an accompanying music video. The song was written by Osbourne, Randy Rhoads and Bob Daisley. The subject matter of the lyrics is the Cold War and the fear of annihilation that existed during this period.[1]

Overview[edit]

The song's main guitar riff has been praised for its use of the full minor scale.[2] It reached 49 on the United Kingdom chart[3] and number nine on the Billboard Rock Tracks chart in 1981.[4] The master ringtone was certified double platinum and had by September 2010 sold 1,750,000 downloads.[5]

The song is one of Osbourne's most well known and recognizable as a solo performer.[6] It was rated 9th greatest guitar solo ever by over 25 million readers of Guitar World magazine.[7] The song was also ranked 9th by VH1 on the list of the 40 Greatest Metal Songs[8] and in 2009 it was named the 23rd greatest hard rock song of all time also by VH1,[9] the highest placement by a solo artist on the list.

Personnel[edit]

1980 Studio version

1987 Live version

Covers and other usage[edit]

Notable cover versions[edit]

Samples[edit]

"Crazy Train" has been sampled in the following songs:

Use in other media[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kajzer, Jackie; Lotring, Roger (2010). Full Metal Jackie Certified: The 50 Most Influential Metal Songs of the '80s. Course Technology. p. 43. ISBN 978-1-4354-5441-5. 
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. "allmusic". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-04-16. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "AllMusic Billboard Blizzard of Ozz". Retrieved February 7, 2009. 
  5. ^ http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/chart_watch/66353/chart-watch-extra-songs-from-the-last-century/
  6. ^ "Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne Songfacts". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 2010-04-16. 
  7. ^ "100 Greatest Guitar Solos - Tablature for the greatest guitar solos of all time". Guitar.about.com. 2009-11-02. Retrieved 2010-04-16. 
  8. ^ "VH1 40 Greatest Metal Songs", 1–4 May 2006, VH1 Channel, reported by http://www.vh1.com/shows/dyn/the_greatest/103446/episode_this_list.jhtml VH1.com last accessed September 10, 2006.
  9. ^ "spreadit.org music". Retrieved February 7, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Universal Soldier II [Television Soundtrack]". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 October 2009. 
  11. ^ Miller, Nancy (10 May 2002). "Mighty Neighborly". Entertainment Weekly (653). Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Crazy Train". Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  13. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Bullet-For-My-Valentine-Scream-Aim-Fire/release/1918956
  14. ^ (different notes)"AllMusic song credits "Undead"". Retrieved 15 June 2009. 
  15. ^ "AllMusic album review Thug Matrimony: Married to the Streets". Retrieved 17 June 2009. 
  16. ^ "Soundtracks for Ghost Rider". IMDb. amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  17. ^ "Ozzy's 'Crazy Train' Fuels New Honda Car Commercial". RTT News. 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  18. ^ "Roast of Charlie Sheen - Full and Uncensored". The Comedy Network. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  19. ^ "Ozzy Osbourne 'disgusted' by Kansas church for using his song during anti-gay protest". NYDailyNews.com. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  20. ^ "Westboro Baptist Church plan protest at Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman's funeral". NME. 2013-05-06. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 

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