Listen below to this amazing Randy Rhoads isolated guitar track from the Ozzy Osbourne song ‘Crazy Train’.
Like so many, my first exposure to the gift that was Randy Rhoads was of course Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train”. Even as a kid I had no idea how one man could make a guitar sing the way that Randy did, and I’m not even talking about the solo – I’m talking about the ascending runs up and down the fretboard at the song’s chorus and the way Randy made an impossible dirty guitar tone sound just work. Now, with audio footage of Randy’s “Crazy Train” guitar track on its own from the Blizzard Of Ozz sessions, we’re able to really hear and for the first time appreciate the magic he created with a guitar in his hands. – Society of Rock
Musical Tidbit: Guitar World ranked Randy’s “Crazy Train” solo #9 on its list of the worlds greatest guitar solos.
Praised for his use of the full minor scale for the song’s main riff, it’s no wonder the guitar work of Randy Rhoads on “Crazy Train” is still so critically acclaimed; it’s a winning studio performance from a genius that knew how to walk the fine line between technique and feeling, and a testament to the legacy he crafted in such a short period of time.
Randy Rhoads was able to lay down three near-identical tracks for the song, If you listen to ‘Crazy Train’ real close you’ll hear there’s one main guitar around the center, and two others playing exactly the same thing, panned to the left and right. What happens is you don’t hear them, you just hear it as one guitar. Randy was the best guy at overdubbing solos and tracking them that I’ve ever seen. I mean, he absolutely blows me away.
It’s one of the greatest guitar solos of all time. Rhoads’ incredible performance will, however, outlive us all and go down in history as one of metal’s cornerstones.