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Many questions are asked about it, so here are some of the facts about the history and sources for the Ozzy Osbourne/Randy Rhoads “Tribute” album. Thanks to Rhoads25 and Des for their help with this.

1) The “Tribute” album consists of material from 3 shows.
(a) Most of it is from The Music Hall, Cleveland, Ohio 5-11-81. That show makes up all the songs on “Tribute” from 'I Don't Know' through 'Paranoid'. The only exception being...

(b) Randy’s solo spot in 'Suicide Solution' on “Tribute” is from a show in Montreal, Canada at the St. Denis Theater. The date of the Montreal show was 7-28-81. The solo spot on the “Tribute” version has a small pause before the solo starts and a small pause after the solo ends. There was no pause on the original Cleveland show or the original Montreal show. Tommy Aldridge and Rudy Sarzo usually played right up until Randy's solo started and joined back in at it’s conclusion.

c) “Goodbye To Romance” and “No Bone Movies” were taken from a UK show on the very first Blizzard tour. That show is likely from Southhampton on 10-2-80.These tracks feature Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake, not Rudy Sarzo and Tommy Aldridge. The Southhampton show is also the source for the “Mr Crowley-Live” EP that was released in 1981 that featured “Mr. Crowley”, “Suicide Solution” (the song was faded out before Randy did his spotlight solo) and the rare “You Said It All”. The song 'You Said it All’ came from a soundcheck. (See “RRTalk VS Bob Daisley” questionnaire for the story on that)

2) The 5-11-81 Cleveland show and the 7-28-81 Montreal show were both broadcast on the radio while Randy was still alive. In fact, Kevin Dubrow and Randy listened to the Cleveland broadcast together in Kevin's car and Randy liked the tone of the guitars on that broadcast.


3) Some changes were made from the original sources when making “Tribute”. Some of these changes include...

(a) Ozzy’s vocals were re-sang.

(b) Randy's guitar playing was touched up twice on 'Crazy Train'. Once in the intro and once to start the solo.

(c) The guitar tone was changed on Tribute. It seemed to have more "bite" on the original show.

(d) Randy’s spotlight solo from Montreal was sped up a little from the master tape.

(e) There was also some talking between the songs that was cut out on the “Tribute” album including...

- On the original Cleveland show, Ozzy introduced 'Mr. Crowley'.

- Ozzy gave a more complete intro for 'Believer' on the original show. Originally Ozzy said "okay, we're going to do a brand-new number for you now. It's a number off our forth-coming album. The album is called 'Diary of a Madman'. And the track we're going to do for you now is a number called Believer."

- On “Tribute,” between 'Crazy Train' and 'Believer', Ozzy says "That's what rock and roll's about." Ozzy did not say that at all on the original show.

- On the original show, Ozzy spent a minute or so firing up the crowd before 'Iron Man.' This was cut out on “Tribute”.

4) The intro music ‘Carmina Burana’ was played in it’s entirety at the show and on the broadcast, however, for the original release of “Tribute”, it was omitted, but some of it was added to the 2002 re-issue.

5) The cover shot for “Tribute” of Ozzy lifting Randy was taken January 24, 1982 in Chicago,Ill by photographer Paul Natkin on the “Diary Of A Madman” tour. It was during the second solo in “Mr Crowley”. This can be seen on the live bootleg video/DVD showing 4 ½ songs from that show. See “Bootlegs And Trades”section for two DVDs offering this (plus more) footage.

6) During the “Dee Outtakes” at the end of the album, Randy is talking to producer Max Norman. This was recorded during the sessions for “Blizzard Of Ozz” in March/April 1980.

A few rumors/misconceptions about “Tribute”.

1). According to Ozzy, in the “Tribute” letter, the recordings were done in Canada in late 1981.
False. Only Randy’s guitar solo was from Canada. Also, none of “Tribute” was recorded in late 1981, as the majority of the show was recorded in May 1981, while GTR and NBM were from October 1980.

2). “Tribute” was recorded on the Diary Of A Madman tour.
False. All songs were recorded on the Blizzard Of Ozz tours, with the majority from early in the 1981 US tour and GTR and NBM from the first Blizzard Of Ozz tour in the UK in 1980.

3). Don Airey played keyboards on “Tribute”.
False. Lindsay Bridgewater was the touring keyboardist for all of the Blizzard of Ozz tours. Don Airey, while playing on the BOO album, did not join up as the road keyboardist till the US Diary Of A Madman tour.


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