Mr. Crowley

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"Mr. Crowley"
OzzyOsbourne MrCrowley Single 1980.jpg
Single by Ozzy Osbourne
from the album Blizzard of Ozz
B-side
  • "You Said It All"
  • "Suicide Solution (Live)" (on 12" single only)
Released20 September 1980
Format7" Vinyl (45 rpm)
Recorded22 March–19 April 1980
GenreHeavy metal[1]
Length4:55
LabelJet
Songwriter(s)Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads, Bob Daisley[1]
Producer(s)Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads, Bob Daisley, Lee Kerslake
Ozzy Osbourne singles chronology
"Crazy Train"
(1980)
"Mr. Crowley"
(1980)
"Flying High Again"
(1981)

"Mr. Crowley" is a song by British heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne about English occultist Aleister Crowley. It was first released on Osbourne's debut solo album Blizzard of Ozz in September 1980 in the United Kingdom,[1] and then a live version of the song was released as a single in November 1980. The song was written by Osbourne, guitarist Randy Rhoads, and bass guitarist/lyricist Bob Daisley.

The song starts with a keyboard solo by Don Airey. The guitar solo by Randy Rhoads after the second strophe became one of the most known in heavy metal. It was ranked on 28th place in the list of the best guitar solos by the readers of Guitar World.[2]

The song ranked on 23rd place in the list of the best heavy metal songs of all time, according to a readers preferences poll held by Gibson.[3]

Overview[edit]

"Mr. Crowley" is one of two singles released from the Blizzard of Ozz album, with "Crazy Train" being the first. The song was inspired by a book about Aleister Crowley which Osbourne had read and a deck of tarot cards that were found in the studio as recording of the album was commencing. Crowley was an English occultist and ceremonial magician who had founded the Thelemite religion in the early 20th century.

In popular culture[edit]

The video game Fallout 3 uses the lyrics to the song in its walkthrough of You Gotta Shoot 'em in the Head.[4] The game also features a ghoul character named "Mister Crowley".

This song was also featured in the game Brütal Legend.

The song was included in Guitar Hero World Tour, along with "Crazy Train" and an in-game avatar of Ozzy himself, who becomes unlocked as a playable character upon completing both songs in the vocalist career, and was made available to download on May 31, 2011 for play in the Rock Band 3 music gaming platform in both Basic rhythm, and PRO mode.[5]

Personnel[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Ozzy Osbourne - Mr Crowley". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  2. ^ 100 Greatest Guitar Solos. guitar.about.com
  3. ^ Full Top 50 Metal Songs List
  4. ^ "Crowley". The Vault, the Fallout Wiki. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  5. ^ Gaddo, Kyle (27 May 2011). "Ozzy 8-Pack Final Tracklist Confirmed". The Gaming Vault. Archived from the original on 16 October 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2012.