Tribute (Ozzy Osbourne album)

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Tribute
Live album by Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoads
Released March 19, 1987
Recorded 1980/1981
Genre Heavy metal[1]
Length 70:28
Language English
Label Epic
CBS
Producer Max Norman,[2] Ozzy Osbourne (executive)
Bruce Dickinson (reissue executive producer)
Ozzy Osbourne chronology
The Ultimate Sin
(1986)
Tribute
(1987)
No Rest for the Wicked
(1988)
Singles from Tribute
  1. "Crazy Train (live)"
    Released: 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[4]

Tribute is a live album by heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, featuring his work with hard rock guitarist Randy Rhoads,[3] in whose honor the album was released. The album was released on March 19, 1987, five years after the death of Rhoads, then it was reissued on August 22, 1995, and again remastered and reissued in 2002. It peaked at number 6 on the Billboard 200.[5]

Overview[edit]

The album was released in memory of Rhoads, guitarist for Osbourne's band between 1979 and 1982 who died in a plane crash while on tour in Florida in 1982. The album also includes studio outtakes of Rhoads recording the classical-influenced acoustic guitar piece, "Dee", which Rhoads wrote for his mother Delores, and which was originally included on Osbourne's debut solo album Blizzard of Ozz.

The majority of the album from "I Don't Know" through to "Paranoid" was recorded live in Cleveland, Ohio[citation needed] on May 11, 1981, with the exception of an extended guitar solo in the song "Suicide Solution" which was recorded in Montreal on July 28, 1981, and inserted into the song.[citation needed] Osbourne stated upon the album's release in 1987 that the entire album had been recorded "somewhere in Canada", though he may have been confusing it with the Montreal recording which the guitar solo was taken from. "Goodbye to Romance" and "No Bone Movies" are taken from an early tour in support of the Blizzard of Ozz album, possibly from Southampton on October 2, 1980. These two tracks feature bassist Bob Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake.

The album was originally to be released in 1982, but was shelved indefinitely upon Rhoads' death early that year. Instead, another live album, Speak of the Devil, was recorded and released later that same year, consisting entirely of Black Sabbath songs and featuring future Night Ranger guitarist Brad Gillis.

The recording of "Crazy Train" that appears on this album was also released as the album's only single on February 10, 1987, along with an accompanying music video. The album's cover photo was taken at a performance in Rosemont, Illinois on January 24, 1982, by photographer Paul Natkin.

The operatic music which opens Tribute, as well as all of Osbourne's live shows of that era, is "O Fortuna" from the Carmina Burana ‘scenic cantata’ by Carl Orff. This introduction is omitted from the 1995 remaster ("I Don't Know" is shortened to 4:43).

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads and Bob Daisley, except where noted.

  1. "I Don't Know" - 5:40
  2. "Crazy Train" - 5:19
    • Originally from Blizzard of Ozz
  3. "Believer" - 5:08
  4. "Mr. Crowley" - 5:37
    • Originally from Blizzard of Ozz
  5. "Flying High Again" (Osbourne, Rhoads, Daisley, Lee Kerslake) - 4:17
    • Originally from Diary of a Madman
  6. "Revelation (Mother Earth)" - 5:58
    • Originally from Blizzard of Ozz
  7. "Steal Away (The Night)" [with Drum Solo] - 8:04
    • Originally from Blizzard of Ozz
  8. "Suicide Solution" [with Guitar Solo] - 7:46
    • Originally from Blizzard of Ozz
  9. "Iron Man" (Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward) - 2:50
  10. "Children of the Grave" (Osbourne, Iommi, Butler, Ward) - 5:57
  11. "Paranoid" (Osbourne, Iommi, Butler, Ward) - 2:59
    • Originally from Paranoid
  12. "Goodbye to Romance" - 5:33
    • Originally from Blizzard of Ozz
  13. "No Bone Movies" (Osbourne, Rhoads, Daisley, Kerslake) - 4:02
    • Originally from Blizzard of Ozz
  14. "Dee" [Randy Rhoads studio out-takes] (Rhoads) - 4:22
    • Originally from Blizzard of Ozz

Personnel[edit]

with

  • Bob Daisley - bass on "Goodbye to Romance" & "No Bone Movies"
  • Lee Kerslake - drums on "Goodbye to Romance" & "No Bone Movies"

Sales accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Warthur (November 16, 2011). "Tribute: Randy Rhoads – Ozzy Osbourne. A Pretty Decent Epitaph". Encyclopedia Metallum. Metal Archives. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Max Norman Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b http://www.allmusic.com/album/r14641
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Billboard album chart history-Ozzy Osbourne". Retrieved February 16, 2009. 
  6. ^ "RIAA Gold & Platinum database". Retrieved February 16, 2009. 
  7. ^ "CRIA certified awards". Retrieved February 16, 2009.