Tribute (Ozzy Osbourne album)

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Live album by Ozzy Osbourne
Released 19 March 1987
Recorded 1980/1981
Genre Heavy metal, hard rock[1]
Length 70:28
Label Epic
Producer Max Norman,[2] Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne chronology
The Ultimate Sin
(1986)The Ultimate Sin1986
No Rest for the Wicked
(1988)No Rest for the Wicked1988
Singles from Tribute
  1. "Crazy Train (live)"
    Released: 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Martin Popoff 7/10 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, in whose honor the album was released.[1] The album was released on 19 March 1987, five years after the death of Rhoads, then it was reissued on 22 August 1995, and again remastered and reissued in 2002. It peaked at number 6 on the US Billboard 200 chart.[5]


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 on 11 May 1981,[6] with the exception of an extended guitar solo in the song "Suicide Solution" which was recorded in Montreal on 28 July 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 that Montreal recording from which the guitar solo was taken. "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 2 October 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 10 February 1987, along with an accompanying music video. The album's cover photo was taken at a performance in Rosemont, Illinois on 24 January 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). Ozzy's voice in this album is doubled tracked.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads and Bob Daisley, except where indicated..

Side one
No. Title Originally from Length
1. "I Don't Know" Blizzard of Ozz (1980) 5:40
2. "Crazy Train" Blizzard of Ozz 5:19
3. "Believer" Diary of a Madman (1981) 5:08
4. "Mr. Crowley" Blizzard of Ozz 5:37
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Originally from Length
5. "Flying High Again" Osbourne, Rhoads, Daisley, Lee Kerslake Diary of a Madman 4:17
6. "Revelation (Mother Earth)"   Blizzard of Ozz 5:58
7. "Steal Away (The Night)" (with drum solo)   Blizzard of Ozz 8:04
Side three
No. Title Writer(s) Originally from Length
1. "Suicide Solution" (with guitar solo)   Blizzard of Ozz 7:46
2. "Iron Man" Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward Paranoid (1970) 2:50
3. "Children of the Grave" Osbourne, Iommi, Butler, Ward Master of Reality (1971) 5:57
4. "Paranoid" Osbourne, Iommi, Butler, Ward Paranoid 2:59
Side four
No. Title Writer(s) Originally from Length
5. "Goodbye to Romance"   Blizzard of Ozz 5:33
6. "No Bone Movies" Osbourne, Rhoads, Daisley, Kerslake Blizzard of Ozz 4:02
7. "Dee" (Randy Rhoads studio out-takes) Rhoads Blizzard of Ozz 4:22



  • Max Norman - producer, engineer
  • Brian Lee and Bob Ludwig - 1995 remastering
  • Bruce Dickinson - 2002 edition executive producer
  • Chris Athens - 2002 remastering



Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1997 2x Platinum (+ 2,000,000)[12]
Canada CRIA 1989 Gold (+ 50,000)[13]


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  2. ^ "Max Norman Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
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  5. ^ a b "Tribute Billboard Albums". All Music. All Media Network. Retrieved 8 November 2015. 
  6. ^ Begrand, Adrien (28 May 2002). "Ozzy Osbourne - Tribute". PopMatters. Retrieved 8 November 2015. 
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  12. ^ "RIAA Searchable Database-Search: Ozzy Osbourne". Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Gold Platinum Search for Ozzy Osbourne". Music Canada. Retrieved 25 October 2015.