Saturday, February 7, 2015

Crazy Train book review

A quick review. Joel McIver's book "Crazy Train: The High Life and Tragic Death of Randy Rhoads" is a pretty good read for guitar fans.

I ordered my copy via The Book Suppository when I couldn't find it in a couple of book shops here. As always, it arrived quickly.

The book makes a good fist of chronicling Randy's life as well as giving a decent insight into the other personalities at play in Ozzy's revolving door band.

I enjoyed the fact that there was a decent amount of technical information about his playing as well as his gear. Probably nothing that isn't out in internet-land if you spend some time searching but to have it all compiled and well curated is worth the price of the book alone.

It's obvious that Randy was a genuinely gentle soul who just lived and breathed music. His quiet nature seems almost the yin to Ozzy's yang.

There is no doubting the influence of Randy Rhoads on modern hard rock and metal guitarists. It's just such a shame that he only managed two albums with Ozzy before his untimely death and that he wasn't really happy with either.

If you're interested in the development of rock guitar or just an Ozzy fan then this book is for you.

Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train (live) -

Ozzy Osbourne - Over The Mountain -

Quiet Riot - Slick Black Cadillac -

Randy Rhoads - Dee (studio outtakes) -

Rock on Brothers and Sisters,


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